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Today's News

  • Jeffco school employees say they’re underpaid: But most think they are effective at work

    Jeffco Public Schools' employees generally believe they are effective in their jobs, feel safe at work and have positive relationships with their supervisors, according to a recent survey.

    But the workers surveyed, which included teachers, staff and administrators, continue to feel they are not paid fairly for the work they do and aren't paid according to market value.

  • Breaks don't fall Evergreen's way in districts

    LONGMONT — Line scores sometimes communicate better than words.

    Right away you have the bluntness of the final score absent of any colorful details or drama. Then come the hits – good day or bad day at the plate? – and the errors.

    Then come the questions. Were the hits big? Were they timely? Was the error costly?

  • Lady Cougars have sights set on state title

    Evergreen’s girls golf team has again been a dominating force - not only in Class 4A Jefferson County, but the entire state.

    The Cougars have won each of their five league tournaments by a combined total of 167 strokes.

    They won the Jeffco League title for the second time in three years, with Wheat Ridge a distant second.

    However, for senior Chance Forbes, juniors Christina Spinzig and Ali Schlichter and sophomore Lauren Jagels, their sights are now set even higher.

  • Carpet Exchange closes after 16 years

    The Carpet Exchange store in Evergreen closed its doors permanently on Monday, April 27, after 16 years in business at 27888 Meadow Drive.

    Carpet Exchange is one of several established businesses that have departed the area since the economic downturn began. BMC West Building Materials, Blue Spruce Market, Tanglewoods Restaurant, Albertsons and Bleachers Casual Clothing have also exited the Evergreen market recently.

  • Fire district eyes duties of top-paid managers

    The fire district is taking a critical look at job duties of certain highly paid employees, following an initiative spearheaded by board member George Kling.

    Kling has in the past been critical of some of the board’s financial and personnel decisions.

    The latest effort follows successful downgrading of the human resources manager position from full-time to part-time, provisional for six months, and an administrative assistant from part-time permanent to part-time provisional, also for six months.

  • Commissioners OK 48 acres for Lewis subdivision

    The county commissioners approved a 19-home addition to the Homestead subdivision off North Turkey Creek Road by a unanimous 3-0 vote April 28 at a regular board meeting.

    In connection with the 48-acre development, the Buffalo Park Development Co. is required to contribute $117,000 to partially pave the unpaved parts of Homesteader Drive. Lewis previously paid $29,000 for an earlier filing that also affects Homesteader Drive. The Jefferson County Road and Bridge Department will do the work.

  • Canine mascots work 9-to-5 at Evergreen businesses

    The one-eyed mascot of Paragon Sports in Evergreen is a story of triumph over adversity.

    The hybrid coyote and husky originally was the product of an abusive home near Breckenridge, with an owner who was publicly known for being cruel to his animals.

    Eventually, dog lovers took pity on Princeton and delivered him to an animal rights organization in Summit County, where Marcella Murray found him. Now 14 years old, Princeton spends his days with his owner, who works at Paragon five days a week.

  • Jeffco’s top doc offers advice on avoiding swine flu

    Jefferson County's top doctor says that although there are no reported cases of swine flu in the county, people should take common-sense precautions.

    State health officials announced two confirmed cases in Colorado on April 30, with both patients expected to fully recover.

    "(People should) take the precautions that we do with any flu," said Dr. Mark Johnson, executive director of the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment. You can do certain things to prevent it."

  • Spring’s early arrivals make appearances

    Thursday, April 9, brought one of the earlier spring arrivals to the area. A hermit thrush showed up in a friend’s backyard on Fleming Road. Actually, they have been seen earlier, sometimes showing up in late March at lower elevations such as Red Rocks Park.

  • How should higher ed be funded?

    Hannah Hayes

    I loved Kelly’s passionate plea for schools in her Columbine column. It’s ironic and predictably perfect that she would follow it up by advocating for a $300 million cut in higher education this week. Education is the single most important force in creating the kind of citizenry that America needs. An indication that you value schools would be a willingness to pay for them, as our state surely must.