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  • Long-delayed trail link project scheduled to begin in October

    The trail link project at Evergreen Lake dam is about to begin after numerous delays created by legal issues and difficulties with right-of-way acquisitions.

    The anticipated start date for construction of the trail is early October, said Jim Pokorny of Goodland Construction in Golden, the company selected for the project.

    “It all depends on our traffic-control permit approval from CDOT, Jefferson County and the State Highway Patrol,” Pokorny said.

  • State, county candidates will field questions at community forum

    Candidates vying for seats in the state House and Senate and on the Jeffco Board of Commissioners will participate in a forum on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue administrative building.

    The Canyon Courier is sponsoring the forum with the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce to provide citizens information about local candidates seeking office.

  • Cactus Jack’s celebrates year of recovery from devastating flood

    Standing in warm sunshine on Saturday afternoon, Megan and Gary Mitchell, owners of Cactus Jack’s Saloon, welcomed friends, co-workers and community well-wishers gathered to celebrate their recovery from last September’s massive flooding.

    “This has been one crazy year,” said Megan. “When you have something like this happen, it changes your life.”

  • Saturday in the park

    Bear Creek flowed merrily beside Kittredge Community Park as festival-goers enjoyed a sunny day at Canyonfest on Saturday.

    The annual celebration offered an opportunity for families to enjoy live music and food and to peruse creative wares of vendors, including sparkling scarves waving in the afternoon breeze.

    Kids had a good time playing traditional games, participating in sack and gumby-duck races, and jumping in the bouncy castle in a corner of the park.

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.

  • Hearing dates rescheduled for retreat center in Marshdale

    Hearings for a proposed retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been rescheduled after a requested delay by the property owners.

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hear the case on Sept. 24  and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, which will review and vote on it at the Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Cactus Jack's to celebrate its rebound from the flood

    Cactus Jack's Saloon and Grill is planning a party on Saturday to celebrate its comeback after last year’s flood wiped out the business.

    Sept. 13 is the one-year anniversary of the Bear Creek flood that devastated both Cactus Jack's and JP Total on opposite ends of downtown, and closed Highway 73 over the dam, Highway 74 through downtown Evergreen and Kittredge, and Upper Bear Creek Road.

    The water damaged several downtown businesses and homes in the area.

  • Dredging planned in the spring at Evergreen Lake

    Officials are planning to dredge Evergreen Lake in the spring to clean out sediment brought in by the September 2013 flooding.

    The “stealth” dredging project will be done with a pontoon boat to minimize the impacts on lake users, said Dave Lighthart, general manager of the Evergreen Metropolitan District.

    Sediment material will be pumped from the boat through a pipe to a “de-watering” operation that will separate the water from the sediment. The water will be treated before being put back into the lake, Lighthart said.