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Members of the Jeffco school board openly feuded Dec.  over the use of an outside facilitator, who charged up to ,. to help board members govern the district in a more constructive way and get along with one another. Though four of the five board members sup-

Boggs calls sessions a waste of taxpayers’ money

ported the decision to contract with Colorado Association of School Boards employee Jim Weigel, vigorous dissent came from member Laura Boggs, who largely refused to participate in the two sessions, calling the exercise a waste of taxpayer money.

The two sessions, on Nov.  and Dec. , were designed to help the new board understand its governance process and learn to work together constructively. The Dec.  meeting was only Please see SCHOOL BOARD, Page 7


WHAT’S HOT Book signing

Scott Deem, author of “Breakfast with Butch,” will sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Books, 25797 Conifer Road.

Conifer Library open house

The Jefferson County Public Library will host an open house from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Conifer Library in Conifer High School to thank the community for its patronage.

Mt. Evans seeks auction items Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice is seeking donations of get-aways and auction items for its annual benefit gala on March 3. To make a donation, contact Nancy Hiester at 303-674-6400 or

IMHS seeks donations

Photos by BARBARA FORD | The Times

Conifer resident Antje Oudakker and son Jake, , watch the th annual Conifer Christmas Parade on Saturday. Temperatures during the parade hovered around  degrees. Below, a parade participant is bundled up.

‘I’ve never seen a bad parade’

MRC health services

The Mountain Resource Center’s pediatric health clinic is a full-service clinic for uninsured/publicly insured youths ages newborn to 20; it’s open Tuesday and Thursday. Call 303-838-8035 for appointments. MRC is also a CHP+/Medicaid enrollment site for uninsured children and pregnant women, and offers a mobile dental clinic, has WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition program for at-risk women and children, and offers Operation Frontline nutrition classes and education. Call 303-838-7552 for more information.

Christmas Parade conquers the cold with high spirits B B F


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rigid temperatures on Saturday didn’t stop either the participants in the th annual Conifer Christmas Parade or parade-goers from enjoying dozens of floats and a celebration of community spirit. Cub Scout Troop  worked hard to ready its cowboy-style float called “Happy Trails,” complete with stick horses, a real pony and packages wrapped in brown paper. Daniel Farneth, , tried to fend off the cold, and his hands fumbled with the brown string used to tie the packages to the float. “I can’t explain just how cold it is out here,”

Daniel said. Daniel said his troop worked hard to get ready for the event, and troop members hoped to win the best-in-show category just like last year. But the real trick was to get down the parade route, wave to watchers, hand out candy — and stay warm. At the parade’s start, temperatures hovered around  degrees, with a raw wind that kept costumes covered and faces shielded from the wind. The Scouts were supposed to wear cowboy costumes, but as with many others, practicality won out, and warm coats were the costume of choice. Please see PARADE, Page 7

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The Intermountain Humane Society is in need of donations this week, including jars of peanut butter for dog toys, bottled water, bleach, a working digital camera, 30- and 45-gallon trash bags, businesssize (No. 10) envelopes, first-class postage stamps, laundry detergent, non-clumping cat litter, legal pads and hand sanitizer. The shelter, at 67318 Highway 285 in Pine, is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 303-838-2668 for more information.

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'I've never seen a bad parade' High Timber Times 12-07-2011  

This was one of the coldest days and the coldest assignments I ever shot but the Conifer parade goes on no matter what the weather.

'I've never seen a bad parade' High Timber Times 12-07-2011  

This was one of the coldest days and the coldest assignments I ever shot but the Conifer parade goes on no matter what the weather.