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Today's News

  • Griffin to run for clerk’s position again

    County Commissioner Faye Griffin is planning to run for Jeffco clerk and recorder — a position she held previously — two years before her current term on the commission ends in 2016. 

    If elected once again to the clerk job, the Republican said, she would step down as a commissioner. In that event, a GOP vacancy committee would appoint a person to serve the final two years of Griffin’s term.

    Current Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is term-limited, so that office will be up for grabs in the 2014 election.

  • Evergreen eateries honor vets, active soldiers

    To commemorate Veterans Day on Monday, three Evergreen restaurants offered free meals to vets and active military to honor their service to our country.

    Da Kind Soups in downtown, plus El Senor Sol and Illegal Burger near El Rancho, participated in honoring the military heroes.

    At Da Kind, workers wore red, white and blue ribbons on their shirts to commemorate the day as they chatted with customers. One table was set as a tribute to servicemen and -women who were missing in action or were prisoners of war.

  • FLOODING ROUNDUP: Cactus Jack’s sees light at end of tunnel

    There’s light at the end of the tunnel for both Cactus Jack’s and owner Gary Mitchell.

    The iconic restaurant and bar at the corner at Highways 74/73 that was extensively damaged in the September flooding is expected to be open the first week of December.

    Mitchell, who broke his leg while cleaning out the restaurant soon after the flood, should be walking again by then. He’s still on crutches.

  • Construction of trail linking Evergreen Lake Park, downtown moving forward

    September's flooding did not delay the plans for a more navigable trail link between Evergreen Lake Park and downtown.

  • Warm and fuzzy

    Two local knitting supply shops, Yarn West in Evergreen and the Knit Knook in Conifer, have joined forces this year with a national charity to collect knitted hats, scarves, blankets and other items for Denver's homeless.
    Community Purls, a project formed under the umbrella of the charity Women4Women-Knitting4Peace, is calling on area knitters and crocheters to create blankets, hats and other items for the homeless and needy in Denver.

  • All in the family

    Rob Molholm, Evergreen High’s head football coach, wears on his right middle finger the ring he received when the Wheat Ridge High School Farmers won the state championship in 1996.

    He wears it as a reminder of what it takes to be a state champion, and he’s set that lofty goal for his Evergreen Cougars. EHS has never won a state football championship.

    “It has a special place in my heart, and it reminds me of what I’m striving for,” he said of the ring.

  • Commissioners still debating property-tax increase

    As the final vote on the county’s budget approaches, questions remain about the fiscal future of Jeffco, and whether the commissioners will support a property-tax increase.
    County Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier got into a heated exchange over whether the proposed 2014 county budget represents a step forward in solving Jeffco’s fiscal woes during a final budget meeting Nov. 8.

  • Bowled over: Organizers encouraged by turnout for Empty Bowls fund-raiser

    The Mountain Resource Center hosts its Empty Bowls fund-raiser every year, but the title is a bit misleading.

    Contrary to the name, there wasn’t an empty seat or bowl at the annual events last Wednesday and Thursday.

    “What makes this event great is that it’s all about the community coming together,” said Mary Alice Cohen, MRC programs and operations director.

  • Repairs in progress to flood-ravaged Open Space parks

    “We’ve made some significant progress at Lair O’ the Bear,” said Stanton LaBreche, Jeffco parks operations manager, while speaking to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on Nov. 7.

    With help from volunteers, the popular open-space park through which Bear Creek flows reopened on Saturday. One bridge that is considered unsafe is still closed in the park near Evergreen, LeBreche noted.

  • The bloom is off

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday night to scrap plans to test and implement the inBloom system for storing student information.

    “It was such a great sense of relief to hear that our voice was heard and that our concerns were recognized,” said Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland.

    The district's controversial plan to test the system was a prominent issue in the campaign for the Nov. 5 school board election, in which three conservative candidates won seats on the five-member board.