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  • Commissioners still debating property-tax increase

    As the final vote on the county’s budget approaches, questions remain about the fiscal future of Jeffco, and whether the commissioners will support a property-tax increase.
    County Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier got into a heated exchange over whether the proposed 2014 county budget represents a step forward in solving Jeffco’s fiscal woes during a final budget meeting Nov. 8.

  • Elk Creek voters approve property-tax increase

    Residents of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District overwhelmingly approved an increase in the district’s property tax in the Nov. 5 mail-in election.

    Measure 4A, which increases Elk Creek’s levy by 2.5 mills, won the approval of 58 percent of district residents who cast ballots, with 42 percent opposed.

  • Indian Hills fire board to examine options after bond failure

    In the wake of the failed bond issue for a new fire station in Indian Hills, Fire Chief Emery Carson and district board members say they are planning to consider other options in the coming months.

    “We’re looking at revisiting the issue after the end of the year,” Carson said in the wake of last week’s election.

  • Indian Hills residents reject bond issue for new fire station

    Indian Hills residents soundly rejected a bond issue to pay for a new fire station in their district, according to unofficial election results posted by the Jeffco Elections Division on Tuesday night.

    Nearly 80 percent of 471 residents who participated in the mail-in election voted against Bond Issue 5A, which was projected to double the present mill rate of 12.14 for the duration of the bond.

    For a resident with a home valued at $250,000, the increase in the annual tax bill would have been between $222 and $256, depending on the term of the bond.

  • Indian Hills residents reject bond issue for new fire station

    Indian Hills residents soundly rejected a bond issue to pay for a new fire station in their district, according to unofficial election results posted by the Jeffco Elections Division on Tuesday night.

    Nearly 80 percent of 471 residents who participated in the mail-in election voted against Bond Issue 5A, which was projected to double the present mill rate of 12.14 for the duration of the bond.

    For a resident with a home valued at $250,000, the increase in the annual tax bill would have been between $222 and $256, depending on the term of the bond.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Recounting error

  • EPRD plans to open golf course as a venue for sledding, tubing

    The rolling hills of the Evergreen Golf Course won't go unused this winter, as the Evergreen Park and Recreation District plans to open the area to sledding during the snowy months.
    The plan is to eventually have nordic skiing and snowshoeing as well, but because of flood damage to bridges, EPRD plans a test run of the course's milder winter capabilities this season.

  • County's emergency operations center gets upgrade

    If there was one good thing that came out of September's flooding, it was the expedited mission to complete Jeffco's relocated and revamped emergency operations center, and to test-drive the updated procedures and technology that came along with it.
    "From every incident, there's an opportunity," Sheriff Ted Mink said.

  • How veterans can find help

    Evergreen veterans Michael Lynch and Nancy Arsenault both say they would like to get the word out that help is available for those who have served in the military.

    Both the Department of Veterans Affairs and private organizations such as the American Legion offer assistance to those coping with physical and mental issues, as well as the transition to civilian life.

    The American Legion is not just a social club but a source of support for veterans, says Lynch, who belongs to Post 2001 in Evergreen.

  • Finding the way back: Local veterans struggle with aftermath of war

    “A curious boy asks an old soldier …
    ‘How did you lose your leg?’
    And the old soldier is struck with silence.”

                                    — Edgar Lee Masters