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  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco Open Space reflects increase in revenue, expenses

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.
    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.

  • Jeffco Open Space seeking volunteers to work on trail at Elk Meadow Park

    Jeffco Open Space is seeking volunteers to improve a well-used trail at Elk Meadow Park on Saturday, which is National Public Lands Day.

    The trail beginning at Buchanan Park on Highway 74 and traveling through Noble Meadow is eroded and needs to be rerouted, said Matt Martinez, Jeffco Open Space volunteer services specialist.

    Informally called the “lunch loop,” heavy rains and frequent use by hikers have damaged the trail, which has become widened and braided. Native plants also have been destroyed along the path.

  • Tularemia surfaces in Jeffco, Clear Creek

    Health officials in Jefferson and Clear Creek counties have each documented one case of tularemia in recent weeks — a flu-like illness that can be fatal if left untreated.

    With hunting season starting, health officials are warning of the potential for more people to catch the illness. Sometimes called rabbit fever, the illness is spread from infected insects, handling infected animal carcasses, handling bacteria-contaminated soil, consuming contaminated food or water, or inhalation.

  • Saving the world ‘one photo at a time’

    Evergreen photographer Boyd Norton infuses the images he creates with his deep love of the natural world.


    The 16 books he has published are filled with stunning photographs of wildlife in Africa, Wyoming, Alaska, Siberia and Colorado. Norton’s work has been published in national magazines including Time, National Geographic, Smithsonian and Audubon, as well as in The New York Times.

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Littleton resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board. 

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Community leaders seek to reduce human-bear interactions

    Community leaders want to reduce the number of human-bear interactions, following public outrage over an Evergreen homeowner who shot two bear cubs that were trying to get into his trash on Sept. 1.

  • 90 runners, walkers participate in annual Cougar Stride

    Saturday morning dawned cool and clear — perfect weather for a 5K.

    Nearly 90 runners and walkers gathered at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park at 8 a.m. to begin the Cougar Stride. The annual event, which winds its way to Evergreen High School, is a fund-raiser for the school’s instrumental music program.

    In 40-degree weather, participants registered for the event at the school before climbing into school buses to head to the starting line.

  • Resident questions ISO rating for home in Elk Creek fire district

    Resident Scott Melle, who lives in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, says his homeowners insurance rate has increased by $1,000 a year because of an unfavorable ISO rating. Melle came to the Elk Creek fire board meeting last Thursday to find out when his property's ISO rating of 10 will be reviewed and possibly lowered.

  • Canyonfest a big deal in small town of Kittredge

    Kittredge Canyonfest is as small-town as a festival can get.

    “It’s really a Mayberry event,” said Russett Goulding, president of the Kittredge Civic Association, who was referring to the “Andy Griffith” television show.

    With booths, games, music, food, a duck race and the unique Gumby boat races on Bear Creek, this year’s festival on Saturday will have something for everyone, Goulding said.

  • Evergreen man who shot bear cubs to appear in court Oct. 8

    The Evergreen homeowner facing two felony charges and six misdemeanors for shooting two bear cubs is scheduled for a first appearance in Jefferson County court at 10 a.m. Oct. 8, when he will be advised of the charges against him.

    Daniel C. Williams, 50, fatally shot the cubs Sept. 1 as they were trying to get into his trash. One of the cubs died instantly, and the other was euthanized. The live round that hit the cubs then hit the window of a neighbor’s house in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive.