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  • CASB to support in superintendent search

    The Colorado Association of School Boards will help with community engagement in Platte Canyon School District’s ongoing superintendent search.
    The board of directors unanimously approved an agreement to spend no more than $500 plus mileage expenses in order to bring Randy Black, director of member relations at CASB, to Bailey to host a community forum with potential interim superintendent candidates.

  • Threat at Evergreen HS deemed unfounded

    Rumors about a possible threat at Evergreen High School on Friday turned out to be unfounded, according to Jeffco Public Schools officials.
    According to Jeffco chief communications officer Diana Wilson, someone left a message through the school’s Safe2Tell system, and district officials and law enforcement investigated. However, rumors spread that there was a weapon in a locker. Every locker was checked, and law enforcement didn’t find anything, she said.
    According to district policy, the district can inspect lockers in a school at any time.

  • Dog park proponents hope process speeds up

    Evergreen area residents trying to find a new location for a permanent off-leash dog park are frustrated that it’s taking so long to find space, and they want the county to establish an interim space in the meantime.

    After Jeffco Open Space closed the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area last spring, the Friends worked with JCOS, Evergreen Park & Recreation District and Evergreen Metropolitan District to identify sites for a new dog park and develop an innovative design that would mitigate many of the problems seen at Elk Meadow.

  • Commissioners consider repurposing fairgrounds

    The county commissioners questioned allowing Jeffco Parks to purchase equipment for the fairgrounds in case the land is repurposed in the near future.

    During an April 3 staff briefing, Parks Director Tom Hoby and Dexter Foxworth, division director of Jeffco Events & Venues, asked the commissioners to authorize $105,000 to replace a grounds tractor and a maintenance vehicle. Both are past their 10-year lifespan and are used on a regular basis, they said.

  • Landowners, JCOS continue to talk about dog park

    Jeffco Open Space remains in discussions with one or multiple landowners about acquiring a site for a new off-leash dog park in Evergreen.

    During an April 3 staff briefing, Parks Director Tom Hoby told county commissioners that he was meeting with the landowners this week.

    “Trying to force a land negotiation is not beneficial,” Hoby said. “I can’t give you a timeline. I can say that we’re pursuing this with zeal.”

  • Participating Jeffco agencies consolidate dispatch

    After seven years of conversation, including five years of planning, law enforcement agencies and fire departments across Jeffco are officially dispatching through one consolidated dispatch center — Jeffcom 911 — housed at West Metro Fire Rescue.

    The final participating agencies went live last week, including Evergreen Fire/Rescue and other mountain fire districts.

    Formally called the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, the center provides services to eight member agencies and supports an additional 14.

  • WJMS orchestra instructor awarded Teacher of the Year

    Laura Garrison was conducting her orchestra students Friday morning, as usual, when the classroom door opened and her parents and children walked into the room.

    They were followed by a few of Garrison’s friends, West Jefferson Middle School parents and school staff members — many of whom were carrying flowers or balloons.

    Garrison stopped conducting, befuddled at what was going on. Her 30-plus students were also confused, asking, “What’s happening?” and “Ms. Garrison, what did you do?”

  • Renovating Jeffco schools would cost $647 million

    The Jeffco School Board has discussed using a bond issue on the November ballot to raise $647 million that experts said would be needed to make Jeffco schools more efficient, more equal and safer.

    The board has made no decision on whether to put a bond issue on the ballot, which would need to be done before late August, but board members asked for further information to take to upcoming community meetings.

  • Venue Theatre’s youngest actors look at the animal kingdom, environment

    Young thespians will take to the Venue Theatre stage April 20-22 to show off their acting and singing skills.

    Kindergartners through second-graders will perform a 20-minute show called “Big Beautiful Planet,” a compilation of songs by Raffi that talk about the importance of protecting the planet.

    That will be followed by “Lion King Jr.,” based on the 1994 movie about a lion cub named Simba and his adventures with lioness Nala, meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa.

  • BIZBEAT: Page Turner in Aspen Park is an open book(store)

    Conifer’s used bookstore has gotten a makeover.

    Mountain Books in Aspen Park, which for more than 20 years had been known for being stuffed with every book imaginable, is now Page Turner Bookstore.

    Not only does the store have a really cool name — though no one named Page works there — it’s bright and airy, with books lining shelves on one side of the store. On the other side is a coffee bar, which will have its grand opening on April 28. The coffee and tea will come from the Bean and the Leaf, which is above the bookstore.