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Today's News

  • Answers from AJ: What happened to La Casona?

    Editor's note: Answers from AJ is semi-regular column written to answer questions posed by readers. Readers can ask questions about what's happening in the community, whether it be a local construction project or what insects are being monitored by the state in area parks. Please submit questions to aj@evergreenco.com or news@evergreenco.com.

    Question: What happened to La Casona?

    Answer: La Casona, a Mexican restaurant that was a fixture in South Jeffco for nearly 20 years, has closed.

  • Harvey seeking Dem nomination in HD 28

    For the first time since 2004, a Democrat not named Tom Dittemore is running in the November 2010 election for state House District 28.

    Steve Harvey, a South Jeffco Democat who lives a stone's throw from Deer Creek Middle School, will take on incumbent Republican Jim Kerr, who will be seeking his third full term if he chooses to run again.

    Harvey said June 25 that he's come to a place where it's time to put his life's experience to the test and help craft policy.

  • County to seek legislation granting more power to regulate bicyclists

    Amid the controversy over a proposed charity bicycle event on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jeffco commissioners will propose state legislation that would give them more authority to bar cyclists from some county roads altogether.

  • State budget woes haven't trickled down to Jeffco - yet

    Budget cuts hitting Colorado hard aren't expected to have an immediate impact on county operations, but Jeffco officials are concerned that human services programs could be hurt down the road.

    State budget officials announced last week that the state would have to close a $384 million budget gap heading into fiscal 2009-10, which begins July 1.

  • Congrove legal fees still being paid by the county

    Jefferson County taxpayers continue to fund former county commissioner Jim Congrove's legal bills, even though he hasn't worked for the county in nearly six months.

  • Vision quest: Blind man sets sights on hiking across the U.S.

    Time was, Mike Shaak's life was pretty unremarkable: work, family, friends and pastimes.

    Shaak enjoyed his job as a corn miller, and for fun he liked to drag race. Shaak also took pride in having lived all over the country, from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma to Arkansas. And, his two young daughters were the light of his life.

    But suddenly, it all went dark.

    Last year, Shaak’s retinas became detached. He had surgery, but it was unsuccessful. At age 37, Shaak was blind.

  • Designers of new pretrial bond program get grilled at town hall

    The architects of a program aimed at releasing more defendants before their trials were grilled June 20 about how it would work and if it would really save the county money.

    Mike Jones, manager of the county's criminal justice strategic planning staff, told county residents and several elected officials that the program will increase public safety and court appearances by defendants while safeguarding due process.

  • Democratic challengers in CD6 race face tough time raising dough

    Although nearly 18 months remain in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat, an early look shows that the two Democratic challengers are facing hurdles when it comes to fund-raising.

    "It's been slow," says John Flerlage, one of two Democrats running to oust Rep. Mike Coffman from his congressional perch in November 2010. Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat, says his fund-raising has been difficult because of the economy.

  • Jeffco school board president resigns, cites personal reasons

    Scott Benefield, president of the Jeffco school board, is resigning effective June 30.

    "I'm resigning for personal reasons," Benefield said in a June 20 interview. "There's things going on in my family, and with the board work, it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed my time working on the school board and feel we've made a lot of progress and done a lot of good things."

    Benefield was elected to the school board in 2005, representing the northern parts of the county, including portions of Arvada, Standley Lake and Westminster.

  • Goaltender inspired beyond the game

    In Denver area ice hockey circles, he was known simply as “the goalie in the wheelchair.”

    Kyle Stubbs and his chair stopped pucks for a lot of teams over the years: the Warthogs, the Grinders, Berserk, Spitfire, and Chimney Full of Squirrels, to name a few. And he frustrated the shooters of other teams too numerous to list.

    On a recent Saturday, many of us who played with and against Kyle gathered at the Promenade in Westminster to say goodbye and to remember a man who refused to accept the limits that life imposed.