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Today's News

  • District: Tax hike, bond critical to education

    With the economy on shaky ground, November is shaping up as a difficult time to ask for more money for Jefferson County Schools, but district officials are optimistic that voters will come through with the same enthusiasm they demonstrated four years ago.

    The district is asking for a $350 million bond issue to replace the bonds that are being paid off, plus a 4.4-mill increase in property tax, for $34 million a year in revenue, or an $88-a-year tax increase for a $250,000 house.

  • King-Murphy moving full speed toward IB certification

    King-Murphy is moving forward quickly with implementing an International Baccalaureate program and will start testing the curriculum next semester. But amid a budget crisis, it's in doubt whether the rest of the district will be able to keep up.

    Meanwhile, some district leaders fear that if the program is not implemented across the board, it could leave some students behind. Others are asking if the district can afford the high cost of IB while facing the largest budget crunch in the district's history.

  • 'Night Watch' gives audiences the willies

    It’s a chilly October night. Leaves blow outside, and shadows flit across a darkened stage. Or were they only shadows? Creaks and groans fill Center/Stage. Is it just the old building settling? Or is something lurking across the way?

    There’s nothing better than a cold autumn evening to set the mood for a suspense thriller. And there’s nothing better than the Evergreen Players’ latest production of “Night Watch” to leave you looking over your shoulder with fear and delight.

  • Pro-school group calls statements in voter guide sabotage

    Citizens for Jeffco Schools on Monday called for an apology and termed satirical comments published in the Jefferson County Tabor Notice last week as “inaccurate, misleading and offensive” and a “direct attempt to sabotage passage of 3A/3B.”

  • Evergreen community rallies to help Chow Down owner, 'everybody's friend'

    It’s a peculiar aspect of human nature that the folks who do the most to help their community are often the least disposed to ask that community for help.

    “I think if Jay knew what everybody’s trying to do for us, he’d freak out,” says Kelly Burns, wife of Chow Down owner and tireless community advocate Jay Henry. “Helping the community is what Jay is all about, but he’s not used to needing help.”

  • Wachovia organizing food drive Nov. 1

    After reading about the dwindling food supply at the Evergreen Christian Outreach food bank, a group from Wachovia Securities (formerly A.G. Edwards) of Evergreen decided to hold its own food drive Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The community is invited to bring all kinds of canned food and perishables to the parking lot at 32186 Castle Court, on Bergen Parkway across from the fire department administration building.

    Donations will be welcomed with free hot dogs, soda and popcorn. Kids are invited.

  • Scripter believes the right Dem can win in HD25

    Andrew Scripter of Arvada, a 37-year-old branch manager with Wells Fargo Mortgage and father of twin girls, is the Democrats’ choice to run against Cheri Gerou. Scripter has been with Wells Fargo for seven years and is president of his Arvada West homeowners association.

    He admits he doesn’t have a lot of experience running for office but said that being in sales most of his career makes the campaigning process a lot easier.

  • Woehr brings Libertarian views to House race

    Jack Woehr stands out from the typical candidate this election season not only because he is a registered Libertarian, but also because he doesn’t believe in raising or spending money on his campaign.

    “I’m not taking any money,” said Woehr (pronounced “ware”). “I just talk to people. I understand state government. I know the players from Ritter on down, and I understand what’s going on in the world.”

    Woehr has a self-deprecating sense of humor.

  • Gerou relies on her roots, business background in HD25 race

    Cheri Gerou had a successful career as an architect under her belt, but when Rob Witwer announced on Aug. 8, 2007, that he was walking away from his House District 25 seat, Gerou was ready to pick up the torch, announcing her bid the next Wednesday.

    A lifelong Republican, Gerou is making her first run for elected office. She was not Witwer’s handpicked choice as successor, Gerou said, although he later gave her his endorsement and is now her campaign manager.

  • Evergreen Rotary keeps on giving

    The Evergreen Rotary Club presented a check for $500 on Friday to John Zabawa, director of the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen.

    Rotarian Jane Weinberger, who championed the grant through the Evergreen Rotary Foundation, presented the check at the club’s weekly meeting at El Rancho and noted that the center is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. She said that members of the Evergreen Rotary Club, chartered the same year, have been volunteering at the center each year since.