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Today's News

  • Jeffco schools OK later start date in 2009-10

    Jeffco Public Schools has changed its calendar for the 2009-10 school year, with a later start date than students had this school year.

    The new start date for all students will be Aug. 24 after many Jeffco parents voiced concern that this year’s calendar start date on Aug. 12 was too early. The district asked both staff and parents to respond to an online calendar survey, and based on the responses, the district has amended the 2009-10 school calendar.

  • Trial by fire: Military family draws strength from the community, each other

    War tests people.

    It tests a soldier’s courage, strength and training. It tests the ability of a soldier’s family to endure in the face of long separation, loneliness and unrelenting worry. And war tests a community’s willingness to support the soldiers and families who sacrifice so much — and risk so much more — in its service.

    In the case of Evergreen residents John and Melinda Tolentino, the soldier, the family and the community passed the test.

  • Gloria Steinem to speak at Evergreen Lake House

    Famous feminist and editor of Ms. Magazine Gloria Steinem will speak from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The appearance is one of 11 engagements Steinem has scheduled for the Denver area before the election. Steinem will be hosting “public discussions with undecided women voters” about election issues and how they affect their daily lives, according to a news release.

  • Q and A with Democrat Dan Gibbs, candidate for Senate District 16

    How much money have you raised from donors as of (give date): $100,000 as of 10/09

    How much of your own money have you contributed? $0

    Who and what organization (if any) are your top contributors in terms of dollars donate? I am proud to say that, along with generous individual contributions I have received from all over my district, I have received financial support from organizations such as the Colorado Professional Firefighters.

  • Wines in the Woods set Oct. 25

    The wine list is ready, the glasses are polished, and Liz Shanks is ready to serve as the genial host for a party that is a highlight of the fall season in Evergreen.

    The party, of course, is the eighth annual Wines in the Woods fund-raiser Oct. 25 sponsored by the Evergreen Rotary Club, and Shanks will chair this year’s event at the Pines in Genesee.

  • Q and A with Don Ytterberg, R-Evergreen, candidate for Senate District 16

    How much money have you raised from donors as of (give date)?

    As of 9/30/08, total raised from donors: $33,400

    How much of your own money have you contributed?

    As of 9/30/08, personal funds contributed: $18,200

    Who and what organization (if any) are your top contributors in terms of dollars donated?

    As of 9/30/08, all contributions have come from individual donors except $1,000 from the Evergreen Republican clubs ($600) and one trade association ($400).

    What conditions would you require to vote to make a wider I-70 from Floyd Hill to Frisco?

  • Grassroots at Java Groove

    In the realm of grassroots politics, it doesn’t get much more grassroots than “soabox night” at Java Groove in Evergreen.

    You can hear the candidates, the candidates’ representatives, and just plain voters. And you can even get up and hear yourself talk.

    The organizer of the event brought a custom-designed soapbox — a portable platform, lined with gray shag carpet — that served the appointed purpose in style.

  • Bane claims illegal immigrant delivered McCasky campaign fliers

    An illegal immigrant from Mexico was hired to distribute campaign literature for Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey and Commissioner Kevin McCasky, according to McCasky’s Democratic challenger.

  • 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.