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Today's News

  • No county employees show up to hearing on '08 budget

    No county employees and only two county residents attended a public hearing Tuesday on Jeffco’s proposed $385 million 2008 budget, even though county employees will bear the brunt of the cuts that made the ’08 budget come in nearly 3 percent less than 2007’s.

    “(The budget) is significantly less than the actual operational budget for 2007,” said Jim Moore, county administrator, during a brief PowerPoint presentation Tuesday.

  • Bomb threat spurs evacuation of Conifer High

    An alleged bomb threat made by a 14-year-old Conifer High School student on a bus Tuesday morning prompted law enforcement officials to evacuate the school for close to an hour to ensure the safety of students.

    The juvenile was traveling to school on a bus Tuesday morning when he allegedly told a younger middle school student that he had an explosive device inside a briefcase, according to Jefferson County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    When the younger student arrived at West Jefferson Middle School, he notified authorities at 8:30 a.m.

  • Brook Forest chimney fire quickly quelled

    Volunteer firefighters were able to rapidly quell a dangerous chimney fire that ignited a roof at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at 32908 Little Cub Creek Road, thanks to the location of station No. 8 about half a mile away in Brook Forest.

    It was the second fire in Brook Forest in less than a week for Evergreen Fire/Rescue Lt. Kevin Evens, who led the attack on a candle fire on Snowshoe Trail on Nov. 25.

    The family in the home escaped the blaze uninjured, and damage was minimal, said Einar Jensen, a spokesman for the fire department.

  • Is the important trivial, or the trivial important?

    It was Sunday a couple weeks ago and, as always, I found myself at 8 a.m. in front of the TV watching one of those weekly news shows. The discussion, as always, involved the presidential race, and as I took a swallow of coffee, it occurred to me that I was completely wasting my time given that I will not be around to vote next November.

  • Tracking the ghost of Christmas present

    The mule deer that wander through our yard are exceedingly handsome right now. They are sporting their new winter coats and are sleek and fat. It has been a good year for them, with plenty of browse — to which my lilac bushes bear mute testimony. They also had a prolific crop of young, with many of the does bearing twins — and one beautiful large doe crossed our driveway one evening with triplets frolicking around her in the dusk.

  • Rustic Point takes growing business to new digs

    A visit to Rustic Point Home Furnishings in Evergreen makes a person feel like running out and buying a second home in the mountains and filling it with roughhewn log furniture of the Old West. Formerly located on Meadow Drive, Rustic Point moved Nov. 8 to the second level of the Honka Homes building, a palatial log-style office complex off Hotel Way in the El Rancho Town Center. Honka Homes is an ideal location for Rustic Point, which specializes in cedar log furniture, lodge-style furniture and log-lodge home accessories. “It was fun to make this the perfect place for us.

  • EChO offers help, hope to families in crisis

    Psychologists tell us the holidays can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Imagine how discouraging an otherwise joyful time could be under the worst.

  • Rotary, rec district team up for recycling effort

    Thanks to a happy collaboration between the Rotary Club of Evergreen and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, public recycling in the mountain area is finally getting a good workout.

  • Candles ignite house fire in Brook Forest

    Firefighters extinguished flames Sunday night after three candles, called tealights, threatened to burn down a house at 6863 Snowshoe Trail in Brook Forest about 9:50 p.m.

    The fire, on the upper story of a multilevel house, spread quickly through a room where candles were left burning unattended on a wooden desk.

    The resident of the home, a dog and two cats all escaped without injury. The damage was limited to the room and contents.

  • 'In the pink' has whole new meaning

    When I first came down with cancer and began the chemo routine, I never thought twice about the color pink. Now I notice every woman who comes into the chemo lab decked out in a pink hat with matching pink scarf.

    I understand that the color pink has come to designate those with breast cancer, which leaves out men for the most part. But today I wonder whether pink is confined to breast cancer. Do some of those women running around with pink hats have colon cancer? Or lung cancer?