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Mountain movie magic: Evergreen residents line up behind local indie producer

By Stephen Knapp

It’s a story as old as romance: Stinging from a recent breakup, an ordinarily passive woman lets a more gonzo friend drag her to a local honky-tonk for a little re-immersion therapy. The beer runs cold, emotions run hot, the band is smokin’, and when she spies her one-time lover burning it up on the dance floor with his new flame, things heat up fast.


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Former county contractor will testify for Zinna in wiretapping lawsuit

By AJ Vicens

A federal wiretapping lawsuit against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove became more interesting June 26 when a defendant in the case settled with the plaintiff and agreed to testify against Congrove and the other defendants.

Mike Zinna, a longtime county critic, is suing Congrove, private investigator Daril Cinquanta, former deputy county attorney Duncan Bradley and Robert Cook in federal court. Zinna alleges the men illegally intercepted his personal e-mails and posted them to a website used to defame Zinna.


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Commissioners nix charity bike ride on Deer Creek Canyon Road

By Nicole Queen

The Jefferson County commissioners have denied a special-event permit for a charity bicycling event Sept.13 on Deer Creek Canyon Road.

Tuesday’s 2-1 decision came after two hearings, the first of which Commissioner Faye Griffin did not attend, and after numerous objections from canyon residents.

Commissioners Kathy Hartman and Griffin voted against issuing a special-event permit, deeming the two-lane road unsafe for the event and citing hostilities between motorists and bicyclists.


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

By AJ Vicens

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.


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Visitors imagine Albertsons’ artistic possibilities

By Vicky Gits

In his ongoing quest to turn the abandoned Albertsons supermarket in Evergreen into a regional cultural center, Russ Campbell called a couple dozen people together for a pep talk and tour of the building June 25.

Campbell is spearheading a drive to turn the supermarket into a multipurpose arts center using private donations. The architectural embodiment of the phrase “blank canvas,” the building is listed for sale at $5 million, said Grant A. Maves, a broker with SullivanHayes.


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CARE loses case against Mount Morrison tower on appeal

By Vicky Gits

After appealing a district court decision, Canyon Area Residents for the Environment has lost its latest bid to prevent the construction of a new TV broadcast tower on Mount Morrison.

The state Court of Appeals has sided with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners and District Judge Stephen Munsinger in rejecting the claim that the commissioners were mistaken when they approved the construction of a new TV broadcast tower on Mount Morrison.


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Stingers hires Cortis to be director of coaching for girls

By Vicky Gits

The Stingers Soccer Club has hired a veteran college-level soccer coach to join the organization as the director of coaching for girls. She started playing soccer when she was 5 years old.

Kate Cortis of Minneapolis succeeds Eddie Bairam, who resigned in the aftermath of the Stingers board’s decision to downsize the job of top coach and general manager after eight years.


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Friends remember Main Street's philosopher-musician

By Vicky Gits

A free spirit who became part of the living scenery of downtown Evergreen, Mark Cairns will be remembered as a gentle soul who had few possessions other than an enduring passion for music.

Cairns got the nickname “Walking Mark” because he never had a car and was always seen around town on foot, sporting a white ponytail, guitar on his back, wearing brown corduroy pants and a gray Irish fisherman sweater.

Cairns died the evening of June 19 of undetermined causes. Sources said he was taking a shower at a friend’s house when he suddenly collapsed.


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Fire damages Swede Gulch McDonald’s

By Deb Hurley Brobst

The McDonald’s next to Walmart is closed for about a month after a grease fire Saturday morning that damaged the restaurant.

The McDonald’s at 902 Swede Gulch Road is closed for repair and is awaiting inspections to make sure it is up to building and environmental health codes, Evergreen Fire-Rescue Chief Garry DeJong said.

“Any time there is a fire involving a food preparation organization, they must go through more than just regular repairs,” DeJong said. “There are a lot of additional inspections involved.”


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Hiker bitten by rattlesnake at Mount Falcon

By Nicole Queen

A woman bitten by a rattlesnake Wednesday at Mount Falcon Park suffered a severe reaction, according to Indian Hills Fire Chief Don Schoenbein.

Susan Schwartz, 59, was hiking alone on the Devil’s Elbow Trail when she was bit in the leg by a rattlesnake about 11:50 a.m. June 24. She was wearing shorts.

Schoenbein said Schwartz wrapped a constricting band above the bite and walked about 1½ miles to the west parking area along Picutis Road off Parmalee Gulch Road, where she found a park ranger who called 911.


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