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  • Developer planning low-income housing in El Rancho

    A Denver-based development company is seeking financing for a proposed low-income housing project in El Rancho.

    Medici Consulting Group is looking to acquire a 4.5-acre property at 1055 El Rancho Road and build 54 low-income rental apartments there.

    Josh Russell, a partner at MCG, said the apartments would be available for families earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income, which varies based on the number of people in the household, he said.

  • Engineering firm hired to study issues with Evergreen Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected Muller Engineering Co. of Lakewood to conduct the preliminary engineering study on the closed northern segment of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail from the dam west along Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues.

    At the EPRD board meeting Jan. 24, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor informed board members that Muller Engineering will be looking at possible short- and long-term solutions for the trail.

  • Speaker at Evergreen Country Day School will discuss creating ‘culture of dignity’ among kids

    Parents can learn tips on how to be involved in their children’s social lives and to help them navigate social media at a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Evergreen Country Day School.

    Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally recognized author and educator, will speak at 6 p.m. at the school, 1036 El Rancho Road. Wiseman has written several books and has developed a curriculum that teaches students and educators how to take responsibility for unethical behavior. Her organization is called Creating a Culture of Dignity.

  • Music event to aid Springs resident Shelton

    The next Boogie at the Barn in Evergreen will have a new twist: Proceeds will go to Dave Shelton of Idaho Springs, who lost his home in a fire last year.

    Proceeds from the Feb. 4 event, which has become a mountain area music staple since 2012, usually go to area nonprofits such as the Mountain Resource Center, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    This is the first time, according to organizers John and Pandora Erlandson, that they decided to provide assistance to an individual.

  • Commission approves development at Dino Ridge

    Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a modified rezoning request from Three Dinos LLC that will bring hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Sheriff reminds residents of cougar danger

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that three dogs were involved in two separate attacks by mountain lions last week in the Evergreen area. 

    The most recent attack occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the 6900 block of Lynx Lair Road. Two dogs were involved in the attack, and one was killed. The second was placed on 45-day observation and given a rabies booster for precautionary reasons, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Sheriff reminds residents about cougar danger

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that three dogs were involved in two separate attacks by mountain lions last week in the Evergreen area. 

    The most recent attack occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the 6900 block of Lynx Lair Road. Two dogs were involved in the attack, and one was killed. The second was placed on 45-day observation and given a rabies booster for precautionary reasons, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Dogs saved from burning home near Shadow Mountain

    Elk Creek firefighters saved two dogs from a house fire near Shadow Mountain on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Elk Creek spokesman Michael Davis, the department received a report of a structure fire at 8899 Black Mountain Drive at 5:02 p.m. Jan. 25, and upon arrival firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home.

    While the home was unoccupied at the time, two dogs were found and removed from the house before firefighters extinguished the flames.

  • Jeffco district proposes closing five elementary schools

    Jeffco Public Schools has proposed closing five elementary schools later this year, including Stober Elementary in Lakewood and Pleasant View Elementary in Golden. In addition, the district wants to begin moving sixth-graders to middle schools in several articulation areas as early as this fall, including Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge.

  • Local businesses see pros, cons in higher minimum wage

    Last November, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 70, a measure to steadily increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.31 per hour to $12 an hour by 2020. Now, two months later, local employers are contending with the challenges the current boost to $9.30 an hour is imposing on their ability to staff and run their businesses.

    For many, the recent wage increase has had mixed effects on immediate operations.