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  • King-Murphy students finding answers during Genius Hour

    Shortly after the morning bell rang on Thursday, second-grade teacher Alicia Needham began telling her students about how she woke up last night to the smell of smoke.

    She explained that there were wildfires burning throughout Colorado, and she asked her students how she might find out information about them.

    The students suggested web browsers Google and Wonderopolis, digital assistants Alexa and Siri, and reaching out to knowledgeable people who are near where the fires are burning.

  • Jeffco health official confirmed to federal post

    Lynn Johnson, executive director at the Jefferson County Department of Human Services, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the position of assistant secretary for family support in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Nominated for the post by President Donald Trump in June 2017, Johnson was confirmed in a 67 to 28 vote on Aug. 28 with all Republicans voting in favor as well as 19 Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

  • POLITICAL BRIEFS

    Neguse endorsed by DC animal rights lobbying firm

    The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the lobbying branch of the Humane Society of the United States, has endorsed Democrat Joe Neguse in his bid for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

  • Candidates vying for congressional seats spar at Jeffco debate

    A congressional debate hosted last Thursday by the Jeffco Liberty Coalition — a conglomerate of several Jeffco Tea Party chapters — pitted five candidates running for Colorado’s various congressional districts against one another.

    The nearly two-hour debate saw them argue about everything from the role of government to gun violence, to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and even the declassification of the FBI’s UFO files.

  • BIZBEAT: Barber Lee Shortt plans retirement in October

    Lee Shortt, who has been a staple in downtown Evergreen for 51 years, has decided to hang up his hair-cutting shears.

    The barber, located in the building at the southeast corner of Highways 73 and 74, has cut hair on thousands of heads during his time in Evergreen. Shortt says he will miss his clients, but it’s time to retire and move to Nevada, in part because the weather is better for his wife’s health.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” he said recently. “I’ll miss all my customers that I’ve had for years.”

  • Grassfire at Red Rocks extinguished

    Firefighters from West Metro Fire are mopping up at Red Rocks Friday afternoon after a lightning strike ignited a small grassfire near the concert venue.

    According to Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire, the fire burned about 1 ½ acres and led to the temporary closure of the entrances to Red Rocks Amphitheatre before it was extinguished at 5 p.m.

    While the department requested assistance from Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Scholting said West Metro was ultimately able to tackle the blaze on its own.    

     

  • Three wildfires burning near Pine

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, and the North Fork and Platte Canyon fire departments responded to three wildfires burning near Pine on Thursday.

    According to Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon assistant fire chief, the fires are on U.S. Forest Service land. 

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  • EPRD going for $24 million bond

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District constituents will decide this November whether to pass a $24 million bond to fund major repairs and enhancements throughout the district, and building a gym and additional pool space at Buchanan Recreation Center.
    On Aug. 21, the EPRD Board of Directors voted 4-1 to approve having two questions on the ballot — the bond and a corresponding mill levy override.
    If passed, the district will sell bonds for $23.86 million, and the revenues would go toward funding:

  • Property-tax question set for Indian Hills Fire

    An Aug. 22 meeting made it official: Voters in Indian Hills Fire Protection District will face a ballot question in the November election.

    Similar to the initiative being put forth by the Evergreen Fire Protection District, the question Indian Hills voters should expect to see will protect the fire district from the effects of the Gallagher Amendment.

    If approved, the question Indian Hills board members unanimously backed will allow the district to adjust its mill levy to compensate for a lower residential assessment rate.