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  • Independent commission candidate seeks changes

    Independent county commission candidate Greg Standley wants to see some changes — more-accessible commissioners, more-understandable planning rules, and more options for discarding slash.

    The Morrison resident said he was motivated to run for commissioner after negative experiences with Jeffco Planning and Zoning while trying to make improvements to his property.

    “Zoning resolutions need to be rewritten so they can be understood,” he said. 

  • Jeffco deputy, first on the scene, tackled carjacking suspect

    When Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Fred Haggett came face to face with an armed criminal, only one thing went through the deputy’s mind.

    “He was trying to get into and hijack another vehicle; I couldn’t let that happen,” Haggett said.

    Haggett tackled Christopher David Sullivan on Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on July 23 after a burglary and carjacking spree.

  • Sweet, sassy sounds of jazz spice up Evergreen

    Skirts swirled and fingers twirled as dancers moved to smoothly styled tunes played by the Blue Suitcase Trio at the Evergreen Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon. 

    The New York-based musicians were among many talented groups that performed during the annual three-day festival in Evergreen.

    While the trio was playing in the ballroom of the Evergreen Elks Lodge, Big Mama Sue belted out songs that were popular in the early 1900s at the club’s patio venue.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • Working group recommends Arvada site for outdoor shooting range in Jeffco

    A working group charged with finding an acceptable location for an outdoor public shooting range in Jefferson County has narrowed the choices to a former quarry in Arvada or another site within that city.

    Tom Hoby, Jefferson County Parks and Open Space director, said issues regarding proximity to residents and impacts on natural resources have made the selection process difficult, during a presentation about the shooting-range study to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on July 10.

  • Evergreen’s community garden flourishing in second year

    Standing beside the recently completed pavilion at the community garden in Buchanan Park, Rachel Emmer of the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability talks about the success of the project.

    “The infrastructure now is complete,” she said.

    In its second year of development, the community garden has a finished appearance with amenities that were part of the original plan. Grant funds from Great Outdoors Colorado have been used to build the pavilion, which was constructed largely with volunteer labor, Emmer noted.

  • Working group recommends Arvada site for outdoor shooting range in Jeffco

    A working group charged with finding an acceptable location for an outdoor public shooting range in Jefferson County has narrowed the choices to a former quarry in Arvada or another site within that city.

    Tom Hoby, Jefferson County Parks and Open Space director, said issues regarding proximity to residents and impacts on natural resources have made the selection process difficult, during a presentation about the shooting-range study to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on July 10.

  • Team Evergreen proposes mountain bike series in Jeffco open space

    Members of Team Evergreen Cycling are exploring the possibility of holding biking events at Jefferson County open space parks. The Mountain Bike Series of the organization would raise funds for trail construction and renovation, said Tom Hoby, director of Jeffco Parks and Open Space.

    “Our role would be to host these events,” Hoby at the July meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.

  • Summerfest 2014: a kaleidoscope of art, music and activities

    Kids turned somersaults in the green grass while their parents gazed at artistic creations and listened to live music at Summerfest on Saturday afternoon.

    The 35th annual event, sponsored by the Center for the Arts Evergreen, featured more than 100 artists who came from near and far to Buchanan Park to display their works this past weekend.

    “I think the festival keeps getting better and better,” said Steve Sumner, CAE executive director. “It was a wonderful community party.”

  • Remains of missing hikers found on Mount Evans

    Two bodies found last Thursday on Mount Evans were those of two hikers from Minnesota who went missing in April, a Clear Creek County sheriff’s officer has confirmed.