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Today's News

  • Residents should express their school-start opinions ASAP

    When Jeffco school board President Scott Benefield told parents at the Aug. 21 meeting that “We all want a later start,” he set the stage for a real conversation about when school should start.

  • Stamping out confusion about the Habitat Stamp

    Since January 2006, the state has required anyone using the Mount Evans or Bergen Peak state wildlife areas to obtain a Habitat Stamp, amounting to a $10.25 fee to hike or camp on the land.

    But don’t expect to purchase an actual stamp when you buy the Habitat Stamp. The Habitat Stamp is merely a series of characters printed out on a plain blue piece of paper, with all the glamour of a receipt from a gas pump.

    Also, be aware that the picture of a stamp on the sign in the accompanying photo does not represent the state-mandated Habitat Stamp.

    Confused? Read on.

  • Green Merchant touts eco-friendly inventory

    A new store in Marshdale is about as Earth-friendly as a store can get.

    The Green Merchant sells exclusively organic, green and fair-trade merchandise. Items run the gamut from linens and towels woven from organically grown cotton to beeswax candles to organic dog toys.

    “I want to have common items so people have a green alternative,” said store owner Micky Magnolo. “I want to help empower others to be eco-friendly. I really want to help people on the planet.”

  • Two apply for vacancy on fire district board

    Toni Stephens and Charles Simons have submitted their names as applicants for a vacancy on the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. The deadline for submissions was Sept. 2.

    The two-year position became available with the July 25 resignation of board secretary Jaine Hamilton, who is moving to the Western Slope. She has served on the board since 2002.

    Neither of the applicants ran for the board openings in the last regular election May 8, in which Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Dykeman were elected. Simons ran in the recall election Nov. 13.

  • Homeowners win battle against 'monopine' cell tower

    A tower company has abandoned its plan for an 80-foot cell phone tower on top of Bear Mountain in Evergreen in favor of adding antennas onto the existing 72-foot towers.

    American Tower Corp. of Boston originally sought a variance from the county board of adjustment to erect a cell tower called a “monopine” that looked something like a giant pine and was supposed to blend into the scenery.

    The board of adjustment tabled the request indefinitely on April 2.

  • Rockies pitcher makes appearance at local deaf school

    If a good school assembly is supposed to be enjoyable, inspirational and educational, then Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jason Grilli’s visit to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School on Sept. 4 was a three-run homer.

    Ask any one of the Jefferson County charter school’s 45 wee scholars, and they’ll tell you that getting up-close-and-personal with a real-life sports hero beats language arts and long division any day of the week. With a staff member translating from American Sign Language, 31-year-old Grilli kicked off the event with a spirited Q-and-A session.

  • Deputy decries graffiti increase in Evergreen

    A graffiti problem has been gathering momentum for about a month in Evergreen, especially downtown, and a Jeffco sheriff’s deputy is determined to write an end to the vandalism saga.

    Deputy Dale Wizieck, the resident crime prevention specialist for the the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, wants to put a stop to the crime, which costs property owners thousands of dollars.

    Wizieck made an appearance Sept. 3 at the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting in the Evergreen Hotel downtown.

  • 'Cabin baby' fugitive back in Jeffco custody

    Summer’s finally over for Summer Lynn Baker, who appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 8, for the first time since dropping off law-enforcement’s radar more than two months ago.

  • County department heads get big bonuses amid budget woes

    Amid talk of budget woes and the possibility that some county workers would get no raises at all, some Jeffco department heads snagged raises and bonuses that totaled up to $20,000 over the last 18 months.

    Two of the department heads that report directly to County Administrator Jim Moore — Administrative Services Director Todd Leopold and Transportation and Development Director Tim Carl — each received $10,000 base-pay increases in 2007, along with $5,000 bonuses in 2007 and 2008.

  • Home is where the art is at Evergreen Gallery exhibition

    Artists loved to be challenged. As a visual artist, every day, you are searching for something new that will inspire. Meryl Sabeff, owner of the Evergreen Gallery, challenged her artists to put their own spin on the idea of “home” in the gallery’s latest show, “Beyond These Walls.” The results were whimsical, welcoming and wonderful.