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Today's News

  • Tips to prevent chimney and house fires

    Evergreen has seen five chimney fires this month — three in a 24-hour period — but chimney fires are among the most preventable, said Doug Saba with the Evergreen Fire Protection District.

    Saba said that typically the need for cleaning or repairs is the culprit, and that chimneys should be inspected every year before cold weather sets in.

    Also, proper disposal of ashes is important: The National Fire Protection Association advises they be transported in a metal container away from the home and left to soak for 12 hours.

  • Indian Hills fire board to review financial policies

    After approving the 2014 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District on Dec. 11, board members decided to examine their financial policies in the coming year to ensure accountability and transparency.

    In light of what has happened in the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, board member Scott Kellar said a review is advisable for the Indian Hills department.

  • Jeffco Open Space master plan draft sets goals for preservation, stewardship

    After months of review and revisions, the draft of the updated master plan for Jefferson County Open Space is complete and waiting for final approval.

    “We’ve created a vision,” said Amy Ito, manager of park planning and construction for Jeffco Open Space, who has worked on the plan with other staff members. Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee members also have played a key role in developing the draft as they critiqued and refined it during their monthly meetings.

  • Inter-Canyon installing electronic locks at stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is installing electronic locks at all four of the district’s stations to increase security.

    “Each (Inter-Canyon) member will be assigned a key and will have to carry it with them,” said Dan Hatlestad, firefighter and paramedic with Inter-Canyon.

    The heightened security comes in the wake of theft and embezzlement charges against former fire chief David MacBean. MacBean faces six felony counts in connection with the theft of $643,000 from Inter-Canyon over a three-year period. His arraignment is Jan. 27.

  • Group gathers to pray for new school board members

    A small group gathered last Friday to pray for the three newest members of the Jeffco Board of Education.

    Newly elected board members Julie Williams and Ken Witt received prayer from the eight people who attended. John Newkirk appeared briefly to thank everyone who showed up but left because of a scheduling conflict.

    “We appreciate the faith community reaching out to us and inviting us here tonight,” Witt said. “We support our faith-based community, and we are a part of it.”

  • School board scraps kindergarten assessment program

    The Jeffco school board, on a 3-2 vote, has stopped teachers from assessing kindergartners using the Teaching Strategies Gold program because the board said the program collects too much data and because of concerns about privacy issues regarding data storage.

    To that end, it told district officials to turn down a $56,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education that was helping to finance a pilot program.

  • Goals, union relations discussed at board retreat

    New policies, goals and the search for a new superintendent were discussed during the Jeffco Board of Education’s twice-yearly retreat last Saturday.

    Also discussed, in the wake of a conservative majority being elected to the board in November, were the district’s relationships with its unions.

    Representatives from the Jefferson County Education Association, the Jeffco Classified School Employees Association and Jefferson County Administrators Association were invited to speak to the board during the morning portion of the retreat.

  • More public comment planned at beginning of school board meetings

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new board is putting its stamp on how meetings are run.

    During the Dec. 11 meeting, the board voted unanimously to change the public-comment portion of meetings and the structure of the consent agenda, which contains routine district matters that are approved by the board in one vote.

  • All-conference football, cross country

    The following is the 3A Metro Conference football team and 4A Jeffco League cross country teams for the 2013 season:

    3A METRO FOOTBALL
    FIRST TEAM

  • Smith stepping up for Lady Cougars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — After years with Lexie Malazdrewicz as the indisputable poster child for Evergreen girls swimming, the door is wide open for a successor. Though a team picture might be a more proper replacement, Bailey Smith would be a leading early season candidate.