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  • Atomic bomb developer Simons dies at 92

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    In 1944, Sanford L. Simons had just graduated as a metallurgical engineer when he was drafted by scientists looking for the brightest minds they could find to help create the atom bomb that would go on to win World War II.

  • Parmalee students foil Grinch

    Parmalee Elementary students saw the fruit of their fund-raising labors on Friday when a victim of a car crash — who is the nephew of the school’s instructional coach — visited the kids to thank them for the donations.

  • Food for thought: Jeffco school district’s lunch costs rising

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    Or, for public schools following new federal health guidelines, a cheap one.

    National prices of food — especially for produce — have been rising steadily, compounded by California’s drought-to-flood pendulum. For Jeffco Public Schools, the price tag for meeting national school-lunch standards has been increasing as well.

  • Group peddling Evergreen as Pro Challenge host

    What’s the best route through Clear Creek County for a nationally known bicycle race?

    A route that includes Evergreen, of course, according to Team Evergreen bike riders and other local supporters.

    But supporters found out Monday that Evergreen won't be part of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge race — a seven-day event held every August. Instead, the "people's choice" vote went to a route from Loveland to Fort Collins.

  • Owner of Observatory property seeks rezoning

    The owner of the land across from El Rancho where the Observatory restaurant once thrived is hoping to rezone the property to continue to allow a billboard along Interstate 70 and future commercial development.

    Steve Richards, president of Mile High Outdoor, which owns the 7 acres north of the RTD Park-n-Ride along Evergreen Parkway, has submitted a pre-application for the rezoning and plans to submit a formal application in January.

  • Residents near Conifer underserved by Evergreen park district, developer says

    Many Conifer area residents are paying taxes to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District for services they don’t use, says Ron Lewis, an area developer and landowner.

    Because of the driving distance from their homes in the U.S. 285 Corridor to park facilities in Evergreen, some residents find it easier to head down the hill to the Foothills Park & Recreation District, Lewis said.

    “You’ve got a lot of orphans in that area,” he said. “So they go to Foothills.”

  • Changes to Jeffco regulations for accessory dwelling units make them easier to build, rent

    Recent changes to Jeffco's zoning resolution for accessory dwelling units are designed to make them easier to build while defining responsibilities of owners renting them to tenants.

    Instead of requiring a Board of Adjustment hearing for an accessory dwelling unit, the new regulations allow approval through an administrative process in the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division.

  • Winter festivities, events at Evergreen Lake promise cold — and hot — fun

    Brave souls who take the annual plunge into the icy waters of Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day will have an immediate opportunity to warm up. After emerging from the frigid depths, participants can jump into one of the hot tubs placed beside the lake, said Jackie Mohr of Drive Smart, the organization sponsoring the event. Beau Jo’s is sponsoring the two hot tubs, which can hold eight to 16 people, Mohr said.

  • Menorah ceremony lights night, hearts

    They came, they sang, they lit candles on the menorah.

    That was both the grand plan and the simple purpose of the 60 to 100 attendees at Saturday's 10th annual Festival of Lights on the lawn outside the Evergreen Lake House. 

    They sang along to two Jewish blessings and watched as four candles were lit for Hanukkah. A fifth "helper" candle called the "shamash" was placed in the center of the 12-foot-high menorah.

  • Intruder killed by homeowner had contact with deputies four hours before

    The intruder killed by a Genesee homeowner last week had interacted with Jeffco sheriff's deputies four hours before the fatal shooting. 

    Garry Liebreth, 52, was shot and killed by a homeowner in Genesee after he crawled in the "doggie door" in an apparent botched robbery attempt on Dec. 12, according to the Sheriff's Office.