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Today's News

  • Jeffco commissioners ax internal audit department

    The Jefferson County commissioners eliminated the county’s internal audit department on Feb. 17, citing the need “to reduce administrative overhead costs” and saying the department’s functions were duplicative.

    But the now-former internal auditor said that’s not the reason at all.

    Susan Johnson, who lost her job along with her assistant, says it’s all about accountability.

  • Cougars fire on all cylinders, rout Lobos

    EVERGREEN — It probably won’t be the plot of the next X-Files movie, but Scott Haebe knows he saw something strange this season. And it happened again Feb. 11.

    “I have no answers for this,” the longtime Evergreen boys coach said after the Cougars trounced their rival Conifer Lobos. “We’ve played our two best games of the year against them. That’s unusual.”

  • Conifer girls sweep Evergreen

    EVERGREEN — Good teams are like art museums. They represent talent and inspire outsiders to dream of ways of finding a weakness to plunder.

    Against rival Evergreen, the Conifer Lobos got a long dose of physical, grinding girls basketball in a tournament-like atmosphere. And they passed with flying colors – even if those colors might be black and blue.

    The Lobos made their one run count in the second quarter as they built and maintained a comfortable lead Feb. 11 for a 46-34 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory before a packed house.

  • Saying a final goodbye to my twenties

    When I wake up this morning, I’ll be a new man.

    I won’t be a 20-something anymore. I will be 30.

    Admittedly, it’s still a little strange seeing that in print. I feel like I’ve been in my twenties forever, so, moving into a new chapter of my life will take a little time to adjust to.

    As I take time to look back, I can see that my twenties were filled with many big moments in my life.

    Here’s just a few:

  • Majestic eagles growing in numbers

    Aside from the usual nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, siskins and juncos, there haven’t been many unusual birds around this winter. I have had several Townsend’s solitaries reported, crows and magpies, and a few red-winged blackbirds, but nothing really unusual or exciting. The red-winged blackbirds seem to be a remnant of birds that never left last fall. They have stayed on at the lake because there are plenty of feeders available in the area, and they return to the lake every evening to roost in the cattails overnight.

  • Home sales still in the slow lane

    With the economy on the rocks and the job picture uncertain, 2008 turned out to be one of the slowest years in recent history for the Evergreen-Conifer residential real estate market.

    Homeowners can take some consolation in the fact that prices in general dropped only 3 percent on average for the year. But the average selling price of $415,000 was slightly lower than the average selling price of $418,000 in 2005.

  • Has America vanquished racism?

    By Hannah Hayes

    There’s no doubt Jan. 20, 2009, ushered in a color change. Still, racial bigotry is a stubborn, often deeply entrenched characteristic. It’s been only three weeks since the inauguration, three months since the election, and a new president couldn’t possibly jar that manner of thinking loose in such a short time. Could he?

  • Nothing like a nutty nuthatch

    The warm, spring-like weather of last week melted enough ice along the road that I finally ventured out for a walk. Even though it is now winter again, it was delightful to have a “spring break” and the reassurance that spring really will be here soon.

  • Former Jeffco commissioner Dave Auburn dies

    Former Jefferson County commissioner Dave Auburn died Feb. 11 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Auburn, 63, was appointed as commissioner by a Jeffco GOP vacancy committee in March 2005 to replace Rick Sheehan, who had resigned his seat. Auburn served until January 2007, after losing the seat to Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November 2006 election.

  • Amendment 54 ruffles feathers among Jeffco officials

    A state constitutional amendment that bars sole-source government contract holders from contributing to political campaigns caused some consternation at the Taj Mahal on Feb. 12, with county elected officials saying the ban is too broad.

    Amendment 54, which was approved by Colorado voters in November 2008, prohibits contractors with more than $100,000 in contracts with any government entity from contributing to political candidates, political action committees or political parties. It also applies to the immediate family of the contractor.