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  • County commissioners OK brewpub at Conference Center

    A 100-seat brewpub/restaurant could open this summer in the former Evergreen Conference Center, after Jefferson County commissioners approved rezoning for the site.

    Owners Anders and Debbie Ruikka plan to spend about $300,000 to remodel about 3,100 square feet of the existing 4,000-square-foot conference center space, Anders Ruikka said after the rezoning vote on Tuesday. The couple bought the 4-acre Evergreen Conference Center parcel at 27620 Fireweed Drive for $550,000 in 2013, according to Jeffco property records.

  • Jeffco inmate released by mistake back in custody

     An inmate inadvertently released from the Jeffco jail on Tuesday is back behind bars. 

    Damon Elliot Slayton, 41, was taken into custody Thursday morning by a Jeffco deputy in downtown Denver near Broadway and Larimer Street. 

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies had been searching the downtown area based on tips from Slayton’s family and other friends. 

    Slayton surrendered without incident, Kelley said. 

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  • Cell tower gets some static in Kittredge

    At least one neighbor — Adobe Creek Center owner Elizabeth Betterton — is worried that the new cell-phone tower in Kittredge is dangerous because of the radiation it emits.

    Betterton said she plans to buy a radiation-monitoring device to check emissions from the disguised cell-phone tower erected recently by Verizon Wireless just south of 26040 Highway 74. She is worried that radiation from the tower could cause leukemia and cancer in nearby residents.

  • Home on Deer Path damaged by fire

    A home in the 6000 block of Deer Path that had new owners as of Friday was damaged by fire Sunday morning.

    No one was home when the fire started about 10:30 a.m., and Evergreen firefighters rescued the family’s two dogs. One was fine, and the other was taken to a veterinarian to be checked out, according to Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokeswoman Stacee Montague. The dog has been released from the animal hospital and returned to the owners.

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  • County planners OK senior living facility at El Rancho

    The El Rancho area may get a state-licensed senior group living facility.

    The Jefferson County Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the county commissioners allow the property owner, George DeMarsico, a special-use permit for a 96-bed facility at 1055 El Rancho Road. The commissioners are expected to conduct a public hearing and vote on the issue at their March 25 meeting.

  • MacBean's motions hearing delayed

    The motions hearing for former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean, who is charged with felony theft and embezzlement, has been moved to April.

    MacBean’s motions hearing, originally scheduled for March 14, was moved to April 7. MacBean is expected to enter a plea next month, and a jury trial is scheduled for July 7-11.

    MacBean is accused of stealing approximately $643,000 from Inter-Canyon’s reserve funds from 2010 to 2012. 

  • Developers’ concerns spur addition to open space master plan

    Responding to concerns from developers about property with commercial potential, the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on March 6 approved an addition to its master plan. The addition states that the agency will negotiate only with willing sellers, and will not pursue a property that has an active development proposal with Jeffco Planning and Zoning.

  • Negotiations between teachers, school district begin

    Fears that the new school board majority will play hardball with the teachers union surfaced on the first day of contract negotiations Monday, as the union called for the district to extend the current agreement.

    “Extending that contract would put some rumors to bed and allow staff to focus on better things, like our students,” said Lisa Elliot, executive director of the Jefferson County Education Association.

    More than 50 people showed up to hear the negotiations, which are being conducted in public for the first in Jefferson County.