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  • Encalada seeking pardon

    Ingrid Encalada, the former Evergreen resident who sought to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel, is now seeking a full pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper after a Jeffco district judge denied her motion on Aug. 29 — all in an effort to stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her to Peru.

  • PLAN Jeffco celebrates legacy of land preservation

    What better way to celebrate one’s 45th birthday than with bird watching, history tours and biodiversity hikes?

    PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation, celebrated 45 years of achievements during an outdoor celebration Aug. 29 at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. More than 150 PLAN Jeffco members, Jeffco Open Space volunteers and area residents attended the festivities.

  • Group proposes enclosed space to cover, preserve tracks at Dinosaur Ridge

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is hoping to cover the dinosaur tracks at the Morrison-area site with a viewing facility.

    Representatives from the group presented their ideas to the Jefferson County commissioners at a staff briefing on Aug. 29 and asked for consent to move forward with the formal proposal, as well as the planning and fund-raising processes. The commissioners gave their consent.

  • EPRD discusses cost-of-living raises, time off

    The Evergreen Park & Recreation District is looking to give employees a 1.1 percent cost-of-living salary or wage increase as part of its 2018 budget, the district proposed during a budget work session on Aug. 29.

    Jason Leslie, the district’s financial controller, said this was in part because the Denver metropolitan area is experiencing a market that favors employees rather than employers. Thus, the district needs to ensure it can bring in and retain quality employees, he said.

  • 19-acre lot near Morrison to be rezoned for housing development

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 during its Aug. 29 board meeting to approve rezoning a lot near Morrison to allow 19 single-family houses to be built there despite recommendations from staff members and the planning commission to deny the request.

    The 19-acre lot in Willow Springs is directly south of U.S. 285, near the intersection with State Highway 8, and is along the Turkey Creek Flood Plain.

  • Summer concert series a tradition for many

    Janet Hellebuyck remembers driving along Evergreen Parkway on Wednesday nights and wondering why there were so many cars parked along the road and people walking down toward the lake. Then, it would dawn on her: the Summer Concert Series.

  • Dance festival allows dancers to find their own beat

    If dancers are musicians who use their bodies as their instruments, then tap dancers are definitely in the percussion section.

    Tap dancers say if you can feel the beat, and sing or clap the rhythm, you can translate that to your feet. About 40 dancers from around Colorado attended the Rocky Mountain Percussive Dance Festival at Peak Academy of Dance in Aspen Park over Labor Day weekend, spending three days learning more about the tap dance craft.

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  • Cochise Fire 100 percent contained

    A brush fire in the Hi Meadow burn scar area near Pine is 100 percent contained after burning nearly 3 acres on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Cochise Fire, which was first reported at 2 p.m. Wednesday, was started by a lightning strike in the 15000 block of Quandary Peak Trail, just south of County Road 126. Firefighters from the Elk Creek, Platte Canyon and North Fork fire departments, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, responded with 18 firefighters on the fire line.

  • Judge denies Encalada’s bid to have 2010 conviction overturned

    A Jeffco district judge had denied a former Evergreen woman’s motion to have her 2010 conviction for criminal impersonation overturned due to ineffective counsel, which was part of a bid to stymie U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to deport her back to Peru.