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  • Jeffco food drive a ‘godsend’ for local nonprofits

    Four tons, or 8,000 pounds of food.

    That’s enough to feed one person for four years, or 2,000 people for a day.

    And it’s the goal that the county’s staff members have set for themselves — to raise 8,000 pounds of food for nonprofits as part of their 24th annual Food and Cash Drive.

    The drive runs through May 25 and will benefit four nonprofits across Jeffco, including Evergreen Christian Outreach, or EChO, and the Holy Family Center Food Pantry at South Jeffco’s Light of the World Catholic Church.

  • Fire Briefs: news from local fire districts

    EVERGREEN FIRE

    EFR staff members recognized

    Frank Dearborn, the outgoing Fire Marshal for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, was honored for his 20 years of service with the department.

    Dearborn received a plaque and pins for his service at the May 8 Evergreen Fire Protection District regular board meeting at the Bergen Park administration building.

  • Harris Park Shooting Range wildfire 100 percent contained

    A wildfire that burned 15 acres at the Harris Park Shooting Range in Bailey late last week is 100 percent contained after firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and several local fire departments — including Platte Canyon, Elk Creek and Evergreen Fire/Rescue — spent more than 48 hours working to put it out. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    When you gotta’ go …

  • Unofficial results favoring incumbents at Evergreen Metro, EFPD

    Unofficial results Tuesday night had three incumbents — John Ellis, James Viellenave and Stephen Bond — retaining their seats on the Evergreen Metropolitan District board of directors.

    As of 9 p.m., Ellis has received 25 votes, Viellenave 22 and Bond 18. Challenger James Steven Beck had received 13 votes.

    Evergreen Metro also asked residents whether they would approve consolidating with the Upper Bear Creek Water & Sanitation District. Early returns were in favor of consolidation by a 27-4 count.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Outdoor Lab schools land thousands in donations

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Outdoor Education Lab Schools were recently the recipients of more than $400,000 in donations from the Outdoor Lab Foundation meant for the construction and upkeep of permanent greenhouse-classrooms at both Windy Peak Outdoor Lab in Bailey and Mount Evans Outdoor Lab in Evergreen.

  • Bill to prohibit teacher strikes pulled

    A bill that sought to prohibit teacher strikes in Colorado and punish participants with jail time and fines was lost in committee on April 30 after primary sponsor state Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, withdrew the bill on grounds that there wasn’t enough time left in the session to debate the issue properly.

  • Jefferson Conservation District cancels election

    The Jefferson Conservation District has canceled its May 8 election after it received no self-nomination forms and the number of other candidates did not exceed to number of board seats to be filled. According to Emily M. Zeller, district manager, board members Janet Bell, Julio Iturreria, Gayle Gordon and Celia Greenman will retain their seats for another four years.

    Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035. Follow her on Twitter at @decriture.

  • U.S. Forest Service considering prescribed burn near Bailey

    A 300-acre prescribed burn in Bailey’s Harris Park area is under consideration by the U.S. Forest Service for later this month.

    Discussed at a public meeting April 30, the burn could potentially take place sometime in May if the weather conditions are right. According to Joe Sean Kennedy, district fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service, the prescribed burn would be conducted in conjunction with the Platte Canyon Fire Department and would involve an area surrounded by the Harris Park “loop road” adjacent to the Harris Park Shooting Range.

  • West Jeff eighth-graders re-enact Ellis Island immigration

     West Jefferson Middle School eighth-graders transformed into the tired, the poor and the huddled masses of 1892, yearning to cross the threshold of the United States and breathe free.