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  • Lease renewal for Alderfer property stirs debate on park board

    Evergreen park district board members are challenging the terms of a proposed lease agreement for 5.4 acres of Alderfer property.

    For the past 25 years the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has been responsible for maintaining the house and barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park through a lease agreement with Jeffco Open Space, which owns the property. The current lease expires in November, and Jeffco has offered the park district a 50-year lease with terms similar to the current one.

  • Evergreen homeowner shoots two bear cubs

    An Evergreen homeowner shot two bear cubs early Tuesday in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive as they were trying to get into his trash. One cub died instantly; the other had to be put down.

    The live round also hit a window of a neighbor’s house across the street. No one was injured.

    The Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the homeowner as Daniel C. Williams and listed the following potential charges Williams could face:

    • Illegal discharge of a firearm, a felony.

  • School board approves contract with teachers

     The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Man arrested in Aurora linked to Aspen Park kidnapping

    A 20-year-old arrested in Aurora on Wednesday morning in a car-theft case has been linked to the reported kidnapping of a Park County teen last week, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Aurora police arrested Dakota Holand about 8 a.m., before officials linked him to the reported abduction of a 16-year-old male from outside the Aspen Park King Soopers on Aug. 20.

  • IREA considering rate increase for new customers

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association is considering a rate increase for new customers beginning in January 2016.

    If approved by the IREA board of directors, the rate change would help recover losses from customers who install solar panels and from buyers of vacation properties, said Josh Liss, IREA spokesperson.

    “This will not impact existing rates for customers,” Liss said. “We have heard concerns from residents who have invested in solar power.”

  • Kittredge residents launch crowd-funding campaign for picnic shelter

    The Kittredge Civic Association and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District have launched a month-long campaign to raise $19,000 to build a picnic shelter at Kittredge Park through a crowd-funding Internet site.

    The Kittredge Park shelter was selected for the crowd-funding site Fund Your Park through a competitive application process with the National Recreation and Park Association.

  • Series of crashes closes eastbound I-70

    A series of crashes near Lookout Mountain at 5:45 p.m. Sunday closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. Motorists were directed to U.S. 40.

    One person was moderately, and several others suffered minor injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. Several were transported to area medical facilities. 

  • 5 candidates challenging school board members targeted by recall

    Five candidates have stepped forward to challenge the three conservative school board members in Jefferson County who are the target of a recall effort.

    Susan Harmon, Brad Rupert, Ron Mitchell, Paula Noonan and Matthew Dhieux will contend with current board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the expected recall election in November.

  • Vandals deface sign at Echo Mountain Resort

    Recent vandalism at Echo Mountain Resort appears to be related to negative social media posts about whether a previous terrain park will be open this winter, said owner Nora Pykkonen. 

    Someone set off firecrackers beneath the chairlift and defaced a ski area sign at the 226-acre ski mountain on Squaw Pass Road sometime over the weekend of Aug. 15-16, Pykkonen said. She said she has notified authorities.