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Today's News

  • McCasky, Mink eye federal program to make deputies part of immigrations enforcement

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky and Sheriff Ted Mink are eyeing a federal program that would train sheriff’s deputies at the jail to identify illegal immigrants and begin paperwork to put them before an immigration judge.

    Currently deputies have to call federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents if they suspect someone in the jail is in the country illegally. ICE officials are strapped for resources and can't always pickup the suspected illegal immigrant, so they sometimes bond out of jail and aren't seen again.

  • Ritter endorses Scripter for House District 25

    Political leaders from around Colorado converged on Jefferson County on Oct. 2 to endorse Andrew Scripter, who is running for the state House in District 25. Headlining the night were Gov. Bill Ritter, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and state House Majority Whip Andy Kerr.

    Scripter, 37, is a businessman running on a platform to help improve Colorado’s economy. His plan includes supporting small and local businesses with tax breaks, and investing in green energy technology, which will create jobs for Coloradans.

    Ritter lauded Scripter’s business experience.

  • Mechanical woes mean ups and downs for Evergreen pilot at air races

    RENO, Nev. — Evergreen pilot John Penney battled mechanical troubles while defending his Unlimited Class championship at the National Championship Air Races in September.

    Penney’s plane, Rare Bear, a highly modified WWII-era Bearcat fighter, had been given a new electronic ignition system, but it didn't work as well as hoped, and the old magneto system had to be re-installed the weekend before the competition.

  • 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.