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Issue sent back to planning commission

County commissioners don’t reject short-term rentals

By Emile Hallez

The Jeffco commissioners rejected Aug. 23 the county planning commission’s recommendation against allowing short-term vacation rentals.
The issue is being sent back to the planning commission and will likely be heard at its Oct. 5 hearing. The commission is now being asked to develop a definition of short-term rentals and edit the county planning staff’s revision to the zoning resolution.


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Man found dead on Lookout Mountain was stabbed

By Emile Hallez

A man found dead last week on Lookout Mountain was stabbed to death, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday, confirming that the case is being investigated as a homicide.

The body of Denver resident Richard Limon, 69, was slumped over a guardrail Aug. 17 when it was spotted by two bicyclists who had stopped to rest along Lariat Loop Road.

The Jefferson County coroner completed an autopsy of Limon’s body last week.


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Trustees told that facility is critical, savings would be minimal

Conifer Library supporters make case against closure

By Emile Hallez

Conifer Library supporters made a case at the Aug. 18 library board meeting against closing the community’s branch library, saying only trivial savings would result from the closure.

But the board has a limited number of options in crafting a perpetually unsustainable budget, nearly all of which will result in some form of decreased services.


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Teachers renew relationships, build links to learning

Mini-golf has big goals at EHS

By Deb Hurley Brobst

The Masters it wasn’t.


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Fees proposed for formerly free EMS visits

By Vicky Gits

If the emergency medical and ambulance services provided by Evergreen Fire/Rescue were a standalone business, it would be losing about $400,000 a year. 

"Most people think when we send out a bill, we get paid. The average person doesn't realize how much we don't get reimbursed," said Bob Walters, EMS coordinator with Evergreen Fire/Rescue.


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Discrimination complaint cites right to pump breast milk at school

Teacher plans to file lawsuit against charter school

By Deb Hurley Brobst

The American Civil Liberties Union is planning to file a discrimination lawsuit against Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen on behalf of the school’s technology teacher, who says her contract wasn’t renewed because she wanted to express breast milk at work.

The ACLU, on behalf of teacher Heather Burgbacher, has filed a notice of claim against RMAE, a charter school that is part of Jefferson County Public Schools, and a federal discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The school has 90 days to respond.


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Five vying for vacancy on EPRD board

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Five men have put their hats in the ring to fill a seat on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board by Pat Callahan, who left the board in July.

According to park district executive director Scott Robson, the board was to have interviewed the candidates at Tuesday night’s meeting and planned to determine who should take the position.

The person selected will remain in the position through May 2012, when he has the option to run for election or leave the board.


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Sheriff's Calls

The kids are all tight


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Jeffco library board votes to block porn on computers

By Emile Hallez

Pornography will soon be blocked on all computers at Jeffco libraries, the board of trustees decided Aug. 18, following weeks of public outcry over the availability of such content on public computers.
Though the filtering system will eventually be designed to block only images deemed pornographic on adult-accessed computers, websites could be filtered in their entirety on all library computers in the more immediate future.


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Body found on Lookout Mountain; homicide suspected

By Emile Hallez

The death of a man whose body was found Wednesday on Lookout Mountain is being investigated as a possible homicide.

The Jefferson County coroner is performing an autopsy on the 69-year-old Denver man. His body was found about 3:20 p.m. by two bicyclists who had stopped to rest on Lariat Loop Road. The body reportedly was slumped over a guardrail.

The man’s identity is known but will not be released until the coroner’s investigation is complete, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.


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