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  • Driver arrested in rollover accident on I-70

    A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with several charges after the SUV he was driving was involved in a single-car rollover Thursday near Evergreen that left him and his four passengers — including three minors — hospitalized.

    Juvenal Gomez, whose California driver’s license was suspended at the time of the wreck, was driving a 1998 Lincoln SUV eastbound on Interstate 70 at mile marker 248 near the Soda Creek subdivision sometime before 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 11 when the vehicle rolled, said State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

  • Evergreen couple want to open facility for developmentally disabled adults

    Todd Mitchem has a vision for a working farm/ranch in Evergreen where a half-dozen developmentally disabled adults will live, work and be productive members of society.

    Mitchem, an Evergreen resident for 10 years, plans to call the place Holli’s Way after his sister, Holli, 40, who has developmental challenges after being deprived of oxygen as an infant.

    Mitchem’s fiancée, Diana Venckunaite, has a cousin with Down syndrome.

  • CCSD bracing for tax-revenue loss when mine closes

    The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.

    However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state’s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

    Jeffco Virtual Academy, which offers four days of online school and one day of in-person instruction each week, didn’t have high enough enrollment in kindergarten through sixth grade to justify the expenses, district officials said.

  • Resident who escaped house fire appreciates community’s kindness

    The Evergreen resident who escaped with his dog when his home caught fire at the end of January said he has been “blown away” by the kindness of community members.

    Don Haupin, who closed on his house off Brook Forest Road at the end of December, had been living in the home for only two weeks when it caught fire about midnight Jan. 27. Haupin said investigators suspect electrical issues may have sparked the fire under his porch. Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a final report has not yet been issued.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signs a contract by month’s end that changes the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission will consider revoking its use license. 

  • County property-tax bills inducing sticker shock

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Bizbeat: Table-making hobby sets up couple for business

    A simple gift of a handmade wood console table has turned into a business for Amy and Doug Golenz of Alpine Blue Home.

    After the two were married about 25 years ago, Doug made Amy the table out of reclaimed wood, and it has traveled with them as they moved across the country.

    Friends would ask for one, so Doug would build it for them, Amy said.

    Now, they have turned that talent into a business in the Evergreen Design Center on Meadow Drive. That original console table was the basis for what they call their classic line of furniture.

  • Wilmot garden project develops some thorny issues

    Plans to create a community garden at Wilmot Elementary School cannot flourish until issues with a cooperative agreement among Jeffco Schools, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability are resolved. 

  • Blue Spruce Kiwanis plans to rename athletic field in memory of Henika

    To honor the memory of Greg Henika, a Blue Spruce Kiwanis member who died in an accident at Evergreen Lake last year, club members are planning to rename an athletic field for him.

    Because the field is on Jeffco school property between Evergreen High and Wilmot Elementary schools, the club is seeking permission from school administration to name it Greg Henika Field, said Kiwanis member John Ellis. After receiving permission, a sign will be created and placed at the field.