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  • Inter-Canyon Fire plans special meeting on finances

    Members of the Inter-Canyon Fire District board have scheduled a special meeting to discuss the district’s financial forecast and the current status of the department.

    “We feel we need to get back to strategic planning and take a look at our financial plan moving forward,” board President Michael Reddy said at the Inter-Canyon board meeting last Wednesday.

    The special meeting comes in the wake of accusations that former chief Dave MacBean embezzled approximately $643,000 from Inter-Canyon’s reserve fund from 2010 to 2012.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Hang on loosely, but don’t let go

  • Whooping cough at epidemic levels in Jefferson County

    Jeffco has a distinction it most certainly doesn’t want: The county currently leads the metro area in the number of pertussis cases.

    “We do have that dubious honor, unfortunately,” said Brown Kyle Brown, a public health nurse with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Brown, who works in communicable disease control and immunization, said the county had 309 reported cases of pertussis in 2013. The current outbreak has been classified as an epidemic by the state, Brown said.

  • Family escapes house fire in Evergreen

    A family living on Armadillo Trail off Highway 73 escaped a house fire on Friday evening that severely damaged their home.

    Part of the roof collapsed, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba, so firefighters switched to defensive mode, which means they worked only from the outside to keep the flames from spreading further or to nearby trees.

    “It’s so dry out there right now,” Saba said, “that a house fire can turn into a forest fire very quickly.”

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Crime and condiment

  • 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.

  • 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.