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  • Turnout fairly slim at Dem caucuses

    About 55 people turned out at the Evergreen High School cafeteria on March 6 for the Democratic precinct caucus meetings, one of the benchmarks of American democracy at the grassroots level.

    Those present were residents of 11 area precincts from Hiwan Hills, Bergen Park, Upper Bear, Wah Keeney, El Pinal, South Evergreen and Kittredge.

    The turnout was tiny compared to 2008, at the height of the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Dem nomination, when there were nearly 1,000 people jammed into the high school.

  • Evergreen house approved as short-term vacation-rental unit

    A house on Bear Mountain in Evergreen is the first in unincorporated Jefferson County to be approved for use as a legal short-term vacation rental. The unit is expected to open for vacationers in June, now that the popular grassroots practice has been deemed legal with certain restrictions — namely, eligible houses must be on a minimum 1-acre lot.

  • Red Cross to honor Alpine Rescue Team

    The Alpine Rescue Team, based in El Rancho, is topping off another busy year of 111 missions accomplished, as the recipient of a Red Cross award at the Breakfast of Champions in Denver on March 15.

    In 2010, the all-volunteer search and rescue group logged a record 116 missions.

    Of the 111 missions in 2011, two-thirds were in Clear Creek County, where last year the group responded to seven deaths.

  • Jeffco seeking applicants for boards and commissions

    The Jefferson County commissioners are seeking applicants to fill vacancies on numerous commissions and boards, many of which have vacancies or have seats up for appointment in late March.

    Among the entities with vacancies are the audit committee, library board, CSU Extension Advisory Board and Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. The audit committee, which was disbanded by the commissioners last year, has been reincarnated with an official charter, a detail the commissioners said the previous committee lacked.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Democrat joins Clear Creek's District 2 commission race

    A Democrat has entered the race for the District 2 county commissioner seat, joining two Republicans vying for the spot.

    George Clark, a business consultant and retired Air Force brigadier general, is joining Republicans Thomas Hayden and Christopher Trainor in the race for the seat currently held by term-limited Democrat Kevin O’Malley. 

  • Tiered fee structure eyed for Outdoor Labs

    The Jeffco school board is considering a plan to subsidize fees for the beloved sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program that would charge less for schools with more students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches.

    Though the district has always provided funding for the program, it has not always charged schools according to income levels, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

    The plan would also reduce the amount of funding the school district contributes each year to the program, with the Outdoor Lab Foundation seeking more private donations to offset costs.

  • Park district ponders scope of energy-upgrade project

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will decide in the next couple of months whether to sign a contract with an energy-conservation firm for building upgrades that could cost the district nearly $850,000 in construction costs, loan interest and consulting fees, among other things.

    The EPRD board heard from McKinstry and Co. and asked questions for more than an hour at a recent board meeting.

  • Chamber hands out multiple honors

     The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Evergreen announced the 2011 Chamber Honorees at a celebration at Evergreen Country Day School on Feb. 23.

  • Activation Ministries wins OK for bigger church

    Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of a controversial, emotionally charged church expansion on Lookout Mountain Road despite an enormous outpouring of opposition from neighbors and homeowners at an all-day public hearing Feb. 28.

    The planning commission previously had recommended allowing the special-use permit in a residential zone on Feb. 8 in a 7-2 vote.

    Commissioners John Odom and Don Rosier voted to approve the expansion from 9,000 to 30,000 square feet gross floor area. Commissioner Faye Griffin dissented.