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Today's News

  • Bennet says $900 million in stimulus funds will prevent school layoffs

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says that $900 million in federal stimulus money headed to Colorado for educational purposes will prevent layoffs at school districts statewide, but Jeffco Public Schools officials say they aren’t so sure.

    Bennet said the federal government is doling out $44 billion in stimulus funding that will be available to state education budgets in 30 to 45 days.

  • This ‘Beast’ production is a beauty for all ages

    Have you seen a human-sized cheese grater heading up I-70 recently? How about a teapot the size of a teenager? If so, you’re not losing your mind. It’s just the crew of Evergreen High School’s theater department trekking up the hill with costumes for their latest production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

    “This show has the best of everything in it,” says director Fran Arniotes. “When you do Disney, you can just have fun with it. The costumes are larger than life, and the cast is phenomenal.”

  • A senator in the house: Bennet makes appearance at South Jeffco house party

    Wine and beer. Cheese. Mini pizza rolls.

    Standard fare at many house parties, but the gathering at Paula Noonan’s house Feb. 27 had a little something extra that went a long way in explaining why her South Jeffco home was packed that night: Michael Bennet, Colorado’s newest U.S. senator.

    Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, was selected by Gov. Bill Ritter on Jan. 3 to fill the void left when Sen. Ken Salazar was named secretary of the interior. The appointment became official Jan. 20.

  • Ice Melt Barrel splashes down March 5

    The third annual Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel descended into the chilling waters of Evergreen Lake on March 5 at 2:13:24 p.m., a full month earlier than last year, according to Ice Melt officials.

    The winner of the contest to predict the day on which the 55-gallon drum gets dunked has yet to be announced.

    But there are probably only about a dozen people who submitted guesses this early in the season, said Jerry Lautigar, president of Mountain/Foothills Rotary.

  • Commissioners reject increases in development fees

    A proposal by county staff to raise some fees paid by developers was shot down March 3 by the county commissioners.

    Tim Carl, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, proposed raising certain fees from $100 to $450 over the next three years. Under Carl’s plan, some fees would have increased 25 percent each year through 2011, when they would have been frozen for three years. Starting in 2014, the fees would have been adjusted every three years in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • An early start: South Jeffco Democrat already campaigning against Coffman in CD6

    Republican Tom Tancredo represented South Jeffco in Congress for 10 years after first winning the seat in 1998. His successor, Aurora Republican Mike Coffman, has been in office for less than three months — and the potential challengers already are lining up.

    One is John Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat who says he’s the only one who can go toe to toe against Coffman and win.

    “I cede nothing on security or economics as a Democrat,” Flerlage said during an interview at a South Jeffco Starbucks on March 4.

  • Jeffco takes steps to speed processing of food-stamp applications

    Jefferson County is taking steps to more quickly process food stamp applications, after the county was cited as leading the state in failing to process the applications within the federally required 30 days.

    Lynnae Flora, acting director of Jeffco’s community assistance division, said more of the division’s employees are working overtime in an effort to more quickly process the applications. The division’s workers are also getting more training, she said.

  • Spring is in the air

    Is it really March already?

    Seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2009 and now here we are, three months later. Time certainly can fly by, and with that said, there’s only a couple of months left until all the madness that is high school sports will be done and gone, buried under the breeziness of summer.

    Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take time to look at what the spring could hold for us. Based on initial glances, the spring is appearing to be very promising.

  • Poms put together another solid season

    The Evergreen Poms have come to learn a valuable lesson: The more work you put in, the more you will be rewarded.

    The Poms certainly worked hard this past season, slaving away over routines every day - except for Sunday - up to 30 hours a week.

    In addition to the dance work, the Poms spent a couple of days with personal trainer Michelle Prouty, who helped the girls build core strength and muscle endurance.

  • Cougars open up strong

    Evergreen opened up the 2009 baseball season with a 9-2 victory over John F. Kennedy on March 6, and followed that up with a 7-1 victory over Sterling a day later.

    Against Kennedy, the Cougars broke open a 1-1 tie with six runs in the fourth inning and tacked on two more runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach. In the Sterling game, which, like the Kennedy game, was held at All-Star Park in Lakewood, the Cougars again used a big fourth inning to their advantage. Evergreen, which led 3-1, scored four runs in the frame to take a commanding lead. They finished with 10 hits.