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  • Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot

    A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.

    Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required. 

  • Indian Hills water district adds storage tank to ensure supply in dry months

    A newly installed water storage tank with a 100,000-gallon capacity is now operational in the Indian Hills Water District.

    Last year the Indian Hills Water District board approved construction of the new tank, which is used to store water for customers during dry months when output from wells decreases.

    Although the district has four deep wells that provide water for approximately 350 homes in Indian Hills, in the summer the wells produce at a slower rate, said Carl Frank, president of the water district board.

  • Slash collection at Conifer High this weekend

    Mountain residents looking for a safe and effective way to dispose of slash can do so at Conifer High School on Saturday and Sunday.

    From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days, members of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Elk Creek Fire Protection District will accept slash to help with residents’ fire mitigation efforts. 

    “We certainly want everybody to do everything they can to clean up their slash and reduce the risk of fires,” said Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • New superintendent determined to find common ground

    Hired by a divided school board and suddenly at the helm of a district riven by political strife, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says he's determined to build bridges and develop relationships.

    The Douglas County administrator took over the Jeffco school district July 1, and his first order of business was getting to know district staff — and letting them get to know him.

  • Indian Hills fireworks stage a comeback - VIDEO

    The hills were alive with the sound of music — and of laughter, water and fireworks — during the annual Indian Hills July 4th celebration on Friday.

    “This is the third year in a row for me and my family,” said Scott Pierce of Evergreen. “We show up for the breakfast and the parade. It’s great.”

    (See video below).

    The annual event, dimmed the last two years because of dry conditions that forced cancellation of the fireworks display, was rejuvenated with the return of pyrotechnics in the night sky.

  • Freedom Run participants are slaves to a good deed

    Bright and early on the Fourth of July, fine Americans from every walk, trot, gallop and dash of life put their feet to the street as Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice kicked off its 33rd annual Freedom Run 5K.

  • Friends rally at benefit to help cancer victim

    More than 200 people attended a gathering for Evergreen resident Linda Heslin, who is undergoing extensive treatment for cancer.

    “It was all people showing their love,” said Evergreen resident Jack Anderson, who organized the fund-raising benefit for Heslin at the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

    “A lot of old friends came out the woodwork,” said Anderson, a New York native who has known Heslin and her husband, Geno, for many years. “It’s the way we were brought up: to help our neighbors.”

  • District boosts funding for curriculum, student achievement

    Thanks to increased state funding, Jeffco Public Schools will spend more on curriculum, student achievement and ever-changing technology trends during the 2014-15 school year.

    The school board approved next year’s budget at last month’s final meeting before summer break on a 3-2 vote. The more than $1 billion spending plan is up from last year’s $952 million budget.

  • Legal issue with Denver Parks delays loop trail project at Evergreen Lake

    The loop trail project at Evergreen Lake is facing a delay created by a legal issue with Denver Mountain Parks. City of Denver attorneys are asking for a new agreement with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District before giving the go-ahead to build the trail connecting the downtown area to the upper portion of the lake.

    Because the path of the planned trail is on Denver Parks property, it is necessary to gain approval from the city before moving forward with project, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson.

  • July 4th fest ends with a weather-related bang

    Booming thunder and flashes of lightning accompanied Celtic Pipes and Drums musicians at the annual Evergreen Music Festival and Art Show at Evergreen Lake on July 4.

    As festival-goers huddled under a large white tent during the storm, the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers moved in graceful patterns to the sounds of bagpipes blended with rumbling thunder.

    While some in the audience appeared concerned about the storm and the driving rain, others were intrigued.