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Longtime Jeffco politician remembered as ‘interesting dichotomy’

Former county commissioner Congrove dies

By Emile Hallez

Former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove, a sometimes-controversial Republican who served a single term in the county, died Jan. 10 due to heart failure.

Congrove, a former police officer who served terms in the state House and Senate prior to election as a commissioner in 2004, opted not to run for re-election in 2008. During his time as a commissioner, Congrove was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners and chairman of the law enforcement authority board.


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Park district wins $150,000 to spruce up Wulf Park

By Vicky Gits

The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was awarded a $150,000 grant from by the Jefferson County Open Space Division to renovate and replace the playground at the Wulf Recreation Center.

The money goes to supplement a proposed $400,000 improvement project, encompassing basketball, skateboarding and tennis at Wulf Park.

The grants still have to be approved by the county commissioners.


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Family fun center may replace Bergen 7 Theaters

By Vicky Gits

A group of local investors has purchased the former AMC movie theater complex at 1204 Bergen Parkway and plans to expand and remodel it into a family fun center, including bowling alleys, an arcade, billiards and a sports bar.

A new funplex could give an economic boost to the businesses in the nearby Bergen Village Shopping Center, which now has the large empty movie theater building at its gateway.


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Stream lands on 2012 list of impaired waterways based on readings collected in 2010

Heated debate over Bear Creek water temperature

By Vicky Gits

 Bear Creek, the waterway that feeds the Evergreen area from Mount Evans to Kittredge and beyond, is back on the list of the state’s impaired streams after water-quality authorities examined data showing the temperature levels were above the limit on two occasions in 2010.

In one case, the increase exceeded the standard by 0.01 degree Celsius, and in the other case it was 0.41 degree Celsius, both of which are less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Both cases were based on a weekly average, one ending July 27 and one ending Aug. 2 in 2010.


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County seeks citizen input on elections

The Jeffco clerk and recorder is seeking public comment about whether the 2012 primary election should be held as an all-mail election. The public comment period ends Jan. 30. There will be a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 31.

The 2010 primary was the first primary conducted by mail ballot in Jefferson County. It resulted in a record-breaking turnout and cost half a million dollars less than the previous polling place election in 2008.

In 2008, 94 percent of the voters chose to vote by mail.


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Eastbound I-70 cleared at Chief Hosa

All  lanes going east at Chief Hosa near milemarker 253 were open at 3 p.m. following an accident at 1:37 p.m.


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Sheriff's Calls

Ideal for home defense


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Special district elections coming up May 8

By Vicky Gits

 The Evergreen Park and Recreation District and the Evergreen Fire Protection District will hold elections for new board members May 8.

The park district will be seeking a replacement for board member Peter Eggers, who is not seeking re-election at the end of his four-year term. Current board member Janet Heck Doyle, who was elected in 2008, is up for re-election. Doyle said Monday she hasn't decided whether or not she is running again.


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Evergreen nonprofit land trust finds ways to preserve area's scenic legacy, wildlife habitat

MALT helps save historic Conifer ranch

By Vicky Gits

With the help of the Mountain Area Land Trust, longtime Conifer residents Barbara and Tom Butterfield preserved nearly 4,000 acres of their high mountain valley near Pine from development forever.


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Mountain lions attacking pets in Hiwan Hills

By Vicky Gits

 

The state Department of Parks and Wildlife has received a number of reports since Dec. 25 of pets being taken by mountain lions in the Hiwan Hills area on Ridge Road, Mossy Rock Lane, Buchanan Drive and Western Court, according to spokesperson Jennifer Churchill.

Four attacks were documented:

• On Dec. 25 at 9:30 p.m., a 40-pound dog was taken from a deck on Ridge Road while reporting parties were watching a movie. After they ran outside yelling, the lion dropped the dog and left, but the dog did not survive.


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