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Today's News

  • Midwinter thaws offer scents, sights

    What happened to the January thaw? Something I have always looked forward to just didn’t happen this year.

  • Presidential race may affect house: Republicans root for Hillary

    This year’s presidential race is shaping up to be the most interesting and unpredictable in decades. Six months ago, conventional wisdom held that John McCain was finished and Hillary Clinton was heading for a coronation in Denver. So much for conventional wisdom.

    State legislators, like most Americans, are also watching the presidential race — but their interest also happens to be personal. Whom the parties nominate will have significant down-ticket effects, meaning that close state legislative races may turn on national trends.

  • Caucuses ignited county's political passions

    It’s a little too early in this election year to declare democracy the big winner in 2008, but early returns are certainly encouraging.

    The stunning turnout by Democrats at Jeffco’s party caucuses Feb. 5 — 10 times the turnout during the last presidential campaign in 2004 — is an indication that long-apathetic voters are beginning to dip their toes in the puddles of populism that have somehow survived the last eight years.

    And in many precincts, the puddles overflowed.

  • Paschall found not guilty of soliciting kickback

    More than a year after being indicted in an alleged kickback scheme when investigators produced a recording that seemed to suggest guilt, former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall was found not guilty of one of the felony counts he was facing.

    The second count — compensation for past official behavior — left the jury deadlocked, and lawyers will come together at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 to determine if that charge will be retried or dismissed.

  • School district weighs putting tax hike on November ballot issue

    Jeffco Public Schools is in early discussions regarding a possible bond issue and tax increase on the November ballot.

    Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said the district has begun talking about the idea of a bond and mill levy with its staff and the public. The decision ultimately lies with the school board, which has until August or September to move forward.

    “I would say there’s a likelihood we will, but the decision has to be formalized by the Board of Education,” Stevenson said.

  • Evergreen Crafters moves during renovation

    After 60 years in the same downtown Evergreen location, Evergreen Crafters has moved across the street, where it is sharing the space with V’s Casuals.

    After closing for four days, Crafters is open for business six days a week in the former Lauren Brooks building. The owner of the other building has decided to renovate it.

    Proprietor Susan Fariss, who has owned the business for four years and worked there for 27, said business on Saturday, Feb. 9, the first day in the new location, was “very good.”

  • Candidates sought for 2 EPRD board seats

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is looking for a few good men and women who’d like to serve on its board.

    Come May, board members Jeff Knetsch and Geoff Wormer will have finished their tour, and their seats will be up for grabs. Civic-minded individuals interested taking a crack at the openings have until 5 p.m. Feb. 29 to throw their hats in the ring.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Cougar boys fall to Lobos

    EVERGREEN – Conifer boys basketball coach Jeff DeBuhr has been advocating all season for his players to make the extra pass.

    The message was met with mixed signals, as evidence by the Lobos' 7-8 record through their first 15 games.

  • Area Democrats see super turnout on Super Tuesday

    Judging by Super Tuesday caucus attendance at Evergreen High School, local Democratic Party troops are fully mobilized and highly motivated.

    Thirteen precincts met at the school for what, during previous election cycles, has been a fairly casual confab.

  • Mountain Area Science Fair results

    Division I (kindergarten-third grade)

    Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics: 1st, Kathryn Cole (Parmalee); 2nd, Riley Morgenthaler (West Jefferson); 3rd, Lucas Gardner (Wilmot)

    Botany: 1st, Riley Brook (Evergreen Country Day School); 2nd, Rachel Elander (Marshdale); 3rd, Maia Clayton (Parmalee)

    Chemistry: 1st, Baylee Browne (Bergen); 2nd, Thomas Murphy (Bergen); 3rd, Katie Solis (Wilmot)

    Earth and environmental science: 1st, Jake Haefeli (Wilmot); 2nd, Nicole Ellis (Parmalee); 3rd, Eli Born (Marshdale)