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  • Evergreen team wins middle-school robotics contest

    A group of Evergreen eighth-graders and their basement-made robot, Bruce, won first place in the Colorado FIRST Lego League Robotics competition at the University of Colorado at Denver.

    The foursome snagged the prestigious award on Dec. 12 over 52 other teams with the best overall score based on four categories: teamwork, robot design, robot game performance, and a research project on a bike/car safety device.

  • Commissioners reject short-term vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday morning against allowing homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers and visitors on a short-term basis.

    The board quickly dispatched an issue that has been a hot subject at numerous meetings since September when the planning department first proposed the idea of changing the zoning regulations.

    Unlike the county commissioners, the planning commission voted 5-2 in favor of allowing short-term rentals, with conditions, at a meeting Dec. 9.

  • Commissioners reject short-term vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday morning against allowing homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers and visitors on a short-term basis.

    The board quickly dispatched an issue that has been a hot subject at numerous meetings since September when the planning department first proposed the idea of changing the zoning regulations.

    Unlike the county commissioners, the planning commission voted 5-2 in favor of allowing short-term rentals, with conditions, at a meeting Dec. 9.

  • Skate the Lake set to go at Evergreen Lake

    The 13th annual Skate the Lake Winter Festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, with all proceeds benefiting Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer.

    In addition to skating Thursday evening on Evergreen Lake, there will be food, dancing, bonfires, sleigh rides and music provided by Straykatz Production. Fireworks displays will start at 8 p.m. and at midnight.

  • Local woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted

    A housecleaner who lives in an apartment in Kittredge is facing charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 44-year-old local woman.

     

    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Joel M. Herrin, 44, at his Kittredge apartment about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

    As deputies were approaching the dwelling, the suspect opened the door and surrendered, according to a sheriff’s department news release. The man’s address was listed as 26194 Columbine Trail in Kittredge.

  • Banner for Ice Melt contest swiped from bank

    The banner advertising the Ice Melt Barrel contest was stolen from Evergreen National Bank on Dec. 12 or 13.

    The Ice Melt contest is a benefit for local nonprofit organizations Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer and the special needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Call Maren Schreiber, coordinator of the special needs program, at 720-880-1219 with any information. 

    Contact Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.

     

     

  • Va. firm to conduct community survey for rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Dec. 8 approved the selection of Responsive Management Inc. of Harrisonburg, Va., to conduct a district-wide telephone-based community survey in 2010.

    Responsive Management is a survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues.

    The study measuring customer needs and satisfaction is to be awarded immediately contingent on an interview and signed contract based on the proposal.

  • Remembering 2009: Storms, controversy shaped year in news

    In the freak accident category, the best story of the year was an Evergreen mountain climber’s account of how he survived a direct lightning hit on 14,265-foot Quandary Peak in the middle of summer.

    Oil-and-gas lawyer T.J. Carroll and his Tibetan terrier, Zengi, were about 15 minutes from the top at about noon when the strike came out of a few harmless-looking clouds.

  • Boy hit by car at Walmart now in fair condition

    The condition of 3-year-old Josh Johnson, who was run over in the parking lot at Walmart on Dec. 19, has been upgraded from serious to fair, according to Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Whitehead.

    There was no further information available on his injuries or when he might be released from the hospital.

    Josh was freed from under the car by firefighter Scott Martin after bystanders lifted the vehicle.

     

  • Evergreen Middle School teacher dies in accident

    Lesley Jankausky, an eighth-grade science teacher at Evergreen Middle School, was killed in a car accident Dec. 22 in Nebraska while traveling to see her family for the holidays.

    Jankausky had been a part of the EMS staff for 10 years. Services are pending.

    “She was a dear friend and respected teacher,” EMS principal Kristopher Schuh said in an e-mail to all EMS families. “We will miss her humor, enthusiasm and dedication to the staff and students at Evergreen Middle School.”