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Pilot killed in Boulder accident was from Evergreen

By Vicky Gits

One of the pilots killed in the midair collision over Boulder on Saturday was Alexander Gilmer, 25, of Evergreen.

Gilmer was piloting a one-man Piper Pawnee when it collided with a Cirrus SR20 at about 8,000 feet at 12:45 p.m. He was identified as an employee of Mile High Gliding and a licensed pilot since 2003.

The occupants of the other plane, lawyer Bob Matthews of Boulder and engineer Mark Matthews of Englewood, both died.


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Courier's phones, e-mail back in operation

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Our apologies to customers and readers of the Courier who were unable to reach us this morning via phone or e-mail. Our technical difficulties have been addressed, and you can now call 303-674-1036 for general assistance or 303-674-1039 to reach the news room. Our standard e-mail addresses are also back up and running.


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Prescribed burn planned at Flying J Ranch Park

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Jefferson County Open Space and the Colorado State Forest Service are planning a prescribed fire, possibly in mid-February, in areas of Flying J Ranch Park in Conifer.

Areas targeted are open meadows consisting of native grasses and some noxious weeds, including cheat grass. After an initial prescribed fire, a second application of prescribed fire will occur two to three years after surface vegetation has developed. The plan will then call for prescribed fire to occur in a 12- to 15-year rotation.


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School board eyeing Indian Hills boundaries, bus routes

By Emile Hallez

The Jeffco Board of Education is considering three options for changing school boundaries and bus routes in Indian Hills, though district staff has recommended that no changes be made.

One option would focus on the Parmalee Elementary School articulation area that currently feeds to West Jeff Middle School and change the boundary, sending students instead to Evergreen Middle.


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Joint meeting Feb. 9 is open to the public

Boards of park district, arts center to discuss options

By Vicky Gits

The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a special joint meeting with the board of the Center for the Arts Evergreen at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Buchanan Rec Center to discuss the results of the arts/community center feasibility study.

The joint meeting with CAE was discussed at a regular meeting of the park district board Jan. 19 at Buchanan Rec Center. Board members Janet Heck Doyle, Roger Hoaglund, Allan Casey, Kit Darrow and Peter Eggers were in attendance.


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Forest services report 524,000 acres newly infested in 2009, compared to 400,000 in 2008, based on aerial survey.

Pine beetles attacking forests at increasing rate in 2009

By Vicky Gits

The bark beetle continued to chew its way through Colorado’s and Wyoming’s lodgepole pine forests at the rate of 524,000 new acres in 2009, a 32 percent increase over 2008.

The numbers were announced Jan. 22 at a news conference at which the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service unveiled the results of the annual forest health aerial survey highlights for the previous year.


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Arraignment postponed until Feb. 16

Ken Berry appears in court with new attorney

By Vicky Gits

A new lawyer, Daniel H. Kyser of Denver, appeared in court Jan. 19 on behalf of Kenneth Gerald Berry, 66, the Evergreen man accused of securities fraud. Berry was in court for a scheduled arraignment hearing.

With a new lawyer involved, District Judge Tamara S. Russell agreed to postpone the arraignment until 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 to give him time to read his client’s file.

The arraignment originally was scheduled for Dec. 21, then postponed to Jan. 19, when Berry’s lawyer, John Tinder, withdrew because he said he hadn’t been paid as promised.


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Group endorses Maes for governor

By Vicky Gits

Dan Maes of Evergreen, a Republican candidate for governor running against Scott McInnis for the GOP nomination, has been endorsed by the national Independence Caucus, which opposes “unsustainable spending” and supports constitutional limits on government authority.

“Maes differentiates himself from his rivals by stressing his business background and executive experience, while not downplaying the value of political skills and knowledge,” the Independence Caucus states in its news release endorsing Maes.


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North Evergreen trail lands $300,000

By Vicky Gits

More than $1 million has been dedicated to three major trail construction projects in Jefferson County in 2010 — including the NEAT trail in North Evergreen.

Also funded were the Sutton Road trail in Aspen Park and the Sixth Avenue frontage road trail in Lakewood.

If that seems like a lot of money for one year, that’s because it has been some time since county commissioners committed that much in one lump sum to trails.

The money comes from the Conservation Trust Fund, which is funded by Colorado Lottery money.


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Charter school wants modular units to become permanent

By Vicky Gits

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is asking authorities for permission to keep the three modular structures that the school promised to remove by 2012.

There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Evergreen High School auditorium at which the board of directors is expected to discuss the plan. The meeting is open to the public.


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