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  • Smith to leave Conifer chamber for Golden job

    After more than three years leading Conifer’s business community, Dawn Smith announced her resignation as executive director of the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

    “Obviously, we’re terribly sad to see her go,” said Melissa Baker, president of the Conifer chamber. “(Smith) has been such a wonderful asset to the Conifer community.”

    Smith’s last day is Jan. 13, and she is leaving to become president of the Golden Chamber of Commerce.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire approves 2014 budget

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District had a memorable 2013, but for all the wrong reasons.

    “Last year’s theme was ‘survive,’ ” said Karl Firor, treasurer for the Inter-Canyon board of directors. “This year’s theme is, ‘It’s going to be a little bit better than last year.’ ”

  • Group pushing expansion of county commission set to circulate petitions

    Jeffco voters are a step closer to deciding whether the Board of County Commissioners should expand to five members from the current three.  

    Jeffco5, a grassroots organization working to expand the commission, received approval last week from the county clerk and recorder’s office for petitions for an initiative that would ask voters if they want five commissioners to represent the county’s residents.

  • EPRD’s 2014 budget increases fees

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board raised a variety of fees when it approved a $5.8 million budget for 2014 last month.

    But thanks to an unexpected $200,000 increase in 2013 revenue, the fee increases are modest, EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson said. The increases include:

    • The admission fee for Wulf Rec Center is now the same as at Buchanan Rec Center. That means an increase of 75 cents for kids, seniors and military personnel, and an extra $1 for adults.

  • Recreational pot for sale in Clear Creek

    Starting the new year on a high note, visitors and locals gathered in front of the Kine Mine in Idaho Springs on Jan. 1 for their first chance to buy recreational marijuana.

    Pot enthusiasts, some waiting several hours, were allowed into the shop starting at 8:30 a.m.

    One man, who wished to remain anonymous and was the first in line, said he was happy to wait a few extra minutes.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Gonna be a long flight home

  • Griffin to serve as chair of county commission in 2014

    Jeffco’s Board of Commissioners has a new chairwoman, as Commissioner Faye Griffin was unanimously elected to the post for 2014. 

    Griffin, who has previously served as chair pro tem, will take over from Commissioner Don Rosier, who has been chairman since 2012. 

    Griffin said she was nervous about following proper protocol and would depend on county staff and the other commissioners to help her in the new position.

  • Ice Melt Barrel to be put on lake Jan. 7

    Members of Mountain Foothills Rotary will place the Evergreen Ice Melt Contest barrel on Evergreen Lake at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. Rotarians will cut a hole in the ice into which the barrel will be set and monitored until it falls into the lake when the ice thaws.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Both sides now

  • Jeffco to set up slash burner — but where?

    To address the county’s growing need to dispose of slash, Jeffco is moving forward with finding a permanent slash collection site and using a “curtain burner” to dispose of it.

    “We are looking for a permanent collection site,” said Mark Gutke of the Jeffco Office of Emergency Management. “The goal would be to have that site collect slash year-round and burn it when the weather permits.”