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  • Planning Commission recommends rejection of resident's plan to erect wind turbine tower

    Close to 50 neighbors voiced opposition Wednesday evening to an Evergreen Meadows resident’s plan to erect a 90-foot-high tower for a wind turbine.

    It was after midnight when the Jeffco Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend rejection of homeowner Hans Sinkovec’s plan. Sinkovec declined to comment after the five-hour hearing. The proposal next will be heard by the county commissioners on Nov. 10.

  • Toll for eastbound peak-period lane on I-70 could hit $40

    Homeward-bound skiers could pay up to $40 to use the new 13-mile peak-period toll lane on I-70 this winter.

    State transportation officials approved toll amounts Wednesday for the eastbound toll lane from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels, which is expected to open in December, said CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle. Officials previously said prices would range from $3 to $30.

  • Brush fire near C-470 now 100 percent contained

    Fire crews made significant progress Friday in battling a brush fire after it spread rapidly Oct. 14 and shut down the southbound lanes of C-470 near West Bowles Avenue.

    West Metro Fire announced at midafternoon Saturday that the 35-acre blaze was 100 percent contained. More than 74 firefighters were working to put out the flames Friday, and they continued to mop up Saturday.

  • Pathfinders to honor law officers, firefighters at town hall

    The Evergreen Pathfinders are planning to honor and thank local law officers and firefighters at a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The Pathfinders' Jim Gorman said the purpose of the evening is to  "thank the members of the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the Evergreen Fire Department for being there for the people in the community, for looking out for our well-being and protection."

  • Local environmental group reaping success with zero-waste initiative

    Working with Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride in July recycled and composted 90 percent of waste generated on the final day of the event, which more than 1,500 people attended.

    “We had a bank of volunteers who monitored waste stations,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of EASY.

  • Evergreen organizations receive donations from Mountain-Foothills Rotary

    The annual Andy Smith Sr. Golf Tournament co-sponsored by the Mountain-Foothills Rotary Club and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District raised more than $35,000 to benefit organizations serving the community.

    “This was our all-time high,” said Mike Bornhouser, Rotary president. “We had the most golfers that could be accommodated.”

  • Local environmental group reaping success with zero-waste initiative

    Working with Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability, organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride in July recycled and composted 90 percent of waste generated on the final day of the event, which more than 1,500 people attended.

    “We had a bank of volunteers who monitored waste stations,” said Rachel Emmer, executive director of EASY.

    More than 400 pounds of compost and 367 bags of recyclable materials were collected at the conclusion of the ride. And only 90 pounds of waste was sent to the landfill, Emmer said.

  • Proposed wind turbine generates opposition in Evergreen Meadows

    A resident’s plan to build a wind turbine to generate electricity for his house in Evergreen Meadows appears to be drawing substantial opposition from neighbors.

    Hans Sinkovec wants to build a 90-foot-high tower on his family’s 5-acre property. Because the tower would not meet current zoning requirements, a rezoning application will be discussed at a Jeffco Planning Commission meeting at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Hearing Room 1 at 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.  

  • IREA moving forward with solar energy project

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association is planning to produce 13 megawatts of energy at a solar generation facility that will be developed northwest of Bennett.

    The IREA board of directors approved a contract with solar developer juwi Inc. for the utility-scale solar project in Adams County on Oct. 6, said IREA spokesman Josh Liss.

  • School board candidates forum scheduled Tuesday evening

    A forum featuring candidates for the Jeffco school board will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer.

    The event will begin at 6:30 with candidates manning tables for informal discussions with voters. The formal portion of the evening will start at 7:30, when candidates will make opening statements and then respond to questions prepared by Evergreen Newspapers and the Conifer Area Council, the sponsors of the event.

    Because of time constraints, no questions will be taken from audience members. The event will conclude at 8:50 p.m.