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  • Ghosts, goblins go wild at King-Murphy carnival

    Ghosts, goblins and superheroes roamed the halls of King-Murphy Elementary School on Friday night during its annual Halloween Carnival.

    The entire school was transformed into a huge carnival, with games in classrooms, a cake walk in the library, face painting in a hallway, a dance in the gymnasium and food in the cafeteria.

    Some teachers and parents joined in the fun, also wearing costumes — everything from witches to cheerleaders.

  • Park district to tighten belt in 2012

    Another year of moderate belt-tightening is in store for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, in line with the downturn in real estate property values and the ongoing statewide economic doldrums.

    A public hearing is planned on the budget at the regular district board meeting Nov. 15 at Buchanan Rec Center. The final budget is due Dec. 15.

    An expected 8 percent decrease in property-tax revenues translates to a projected $153,000 decline in income for operations in 2012.

  • Spiritual leader to open Evergreen headquarters

     

    The Office of Sai Maa, an organization that promotes spirituality, education and humanitarian good works, is moving its headquarters to an office building at 29713 Troutdale Scenic Drive in Evergreen by the end of November.

    Sai Maa, who is described as an enlightened master, spiritual teacher, divine mother and global humanitarian, this year moved to Pine from Crestone, where she established a center and ashram in 2001.

  • Forest Service to burn slash piles near Cub Creek trailhead

    Residents in the area may see smoke in the next few days from a burn of slash and trash on the north side of Shadow Mountain.

    The U.S. Forest Service will burn large slash piles near the Cub Creek trailhead on Brook Forest Road along Black Mountain Drive starting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 through 8.

    Some smoke and flames may continue into the nighttime hours.

  • Planning Commission again vetoes short-term rentals

     The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 6-1 against recommending allowing short-term rentals in unincorporated Jefferson County with a permit process and review by the Board of Adjustment after a three and a half hour hearing on Oct. 26.

    The matter next goes before the Board of County Commissioners for a decision at a regular meeting at 8 a.m. Nov. 8.

  • CDOT replacing aging garage in Kittredge

    After 50 years of service, the state highway department has retired the old vehicle storage building in Kittredge and is planning a bigger and better replacement.

    CDOT expects the contractor to break ground on a new vehicle storage shed this month at the maintenance yard, on Highway 74 at Kerr Gulch Road. The existing structure was demolished in late September.

    "The walls were rusted through, and a four-by-four was holding up the building," said Scot Crabdree, transportation maintenance supervisor.

  • Alternative Gift Fair kicks off holiday season Nov. 12

    Evergreen’s Alternative Gift Fair gives shoppers a chance to support worldwide charities and take care of holiday giving obligations at the same time.

    The perenially popular annual event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, at Evergreen Lutheran Church, 5980 Highway 73. For details, visit www.gifttwice.org.

    Last year’s event attracted some 50 vendors and 1,500 people and raised more than $112,000. There is no entrance fee or table charges, and all of the money goes to the charities involved.

  • Accident near Genesee clogs westbound I-70

    An accident involving an SUV and a tractor-trailer has closed all but one westbound lane of Interstate 70 near Genesee on Monday afternoon.

    All lanes of westbound I-70 were closed for a time to allow a flight for life helicopter to land. The State Patrol reported that the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m., and an extrication procedure was under way to evacuate the driver from the SUV. The driver has been airlifted to St. Anthony's Central Hospital.

    For a time, westbound traffic was exiting at the Lookout Mountain exit to detour around the accident site.

  • Commissioners approve charges for public-records requests

    The public will be charged for access to public records under a resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday by the county commissioners.

    Under the measure, the county will implement fees of $25 per hour for open-records requests taking more than an hour to complete.

    The county public information office, whose employees are tasked with fulfilling such requests, now has the option of charging the public for its staff time.

  • Banner signs win permanent approval

    Jeffco businesses are now allowed to advertise on banners and sandwich boards, under a permanent zoning amendment approved on Tuesday by the county commissioners.