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  • Jeffco Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.” 

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks. 

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Lookout Mountain church wins long legal battle

    Members of Gateway on Mount Zion plan to expand their church building on Lookout Mountain in the future, after the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from neighbors who oppose its growth.

    Activation Ministries International LLC — now called Gateway on Mount Zion — can build a church building up to 30,000 square feet in size; the current building is 9,000 square feet. Jeffco's county commissioners approved the expansion in 2012 on a 2-1 vote, but their decision was appealed to the courts.

  • Brother of local restaurant owner loses home in Nepal quake

    The brother of Beau Thai restaurant owner Anita Gurung lost his home in Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

    A rock wall collapsed on one side of the home, which is located in the Gorkha district of Nepal near the earthquake's epicenter. Gurung's family members were unhurt, but many others were injured or killed in the devastation in both Gorkha and Dhading, the home region of Gurung's husband.

  • Rainy forecast leads to delay in connector trail work

    Installation of the bridge for the connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam has been delayed because of inclement weather forecast for this week.

    GoodLand Construction, contractor for the project, is scheduled to resume work Monday night, May 11. The contractor is planning full nighttime closures of Highway 74 between Upper Bear Creek Road and Highway 73 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. May 11-13. On May 13, one eastbound lane is scheduled to be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Indian Hills Fire working to recoup funds from truck purchase

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District could soon recover some of the $327,000 it is owed by the California-based company that failed to deliver a fire truck the district purchased in 2012. 

    A process server is attempting to collect the money from Fire Trucks Plus owner Paul Batista, according to an April e-mail to district board members from a California law firm.

  • Evergreen fire chief awaiting performance review

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege still is awaiting the outcome of his annual job performance review.

    Three fire district board members and Weege all say the review discussion was put off until the board receives feedback comments from volunteer firefighters and other workers. 

    The feedback process is "normal," George Kling, president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said in a voice-mail message. 

  • Evergreen resident dies in avalanche on Everest

    Documentary filmmaker Tom Taplin of Evergreen was one of four Americans who died in an avalanche on Mount Everest that was triggered by an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.

    Taplin, 61, was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp, his wife, Cory Freyer, said in published media reports. He had been there for two weeks, Freyer said. She was not immediately available for comment on Monday. Taplin owned the film company TET Films & Photography.

  • Work on connector trail project resumes after highway stabilization

    After an extended closure to stabilize soil underneath it, Highway 74 from Upper Bear Creek Road to Highway 73 has reopened, and work on the connector trail was scheduled to resume this week.

    “We have finally turned the corner,” said Jim Pokorney of GoodLand Construction, contractor for project.
    While beginning work on the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam on April 13, GoodLand workers discovered a fissure in the soil along Highway 74 and became concerned about the stability of the road, Pokorny said.

  • Keyser fields questions from Democrats on TABOR, state budget, gun control

    State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, says he has faith in Colorado voters who approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which prohibits tax increases without voter approval.

    “The TABOR Amendment is enshrined in our constitution,” Keyser said of the provision enacted in 1992. “Fifty percent of people have to say ‘OK’ to raise taxes.”

    Other statewide initiatives, such as Amendment 66, a proposed tax increase to fund education, “went down in flames,” he noted.

  • I-70 accident in Jeffco kills one

    A fatal accident closed three westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Saturday morning near the interchange with C-470.