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  • Jeffco poised to begin charging for public-records requests

    The Jefferson County commissioners are poised to begin charging the public for access to public records, with a consent-agenda resolution scheduled to be passed Tuesday.

    If approved, the measure would allow the county to charge $25 per hour for open-records requests taking more than an hour to complete.

    The public information office, whose employees are tasked with fulfilling such requests, would have the option of not charging the public for its staff time, though language in the proposed resolution would allow charges at the office’s discretion.

  • Bowled over: MRC’s Empty Bowls event now in two locations

    The third annual Empty Bowls on Nov. 9 and 10 will serve up the popular culinary fund-raiser in two locations: Conifer and Evergreen.

    Meals will be served at the Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Drive, and the Evergreen Lake House. Local restaurants and organizations are creating and donating tasty soups, breads and desserts for the meal that will be served buffet style. Tickets are $25 per person.

  • Rock scaling to close lanes of 285 on Monday

    A rock-scaling operation on U.S. 285 at C-470 will tie up traffic on Monday, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid the area.
    On Oct. 24, CDOT crews will remove lose rock from the Hogback area along U.S. 285 just west of C-470.
    Scaling operations will be done from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lane closures for 20 minutes several times each hour.
    Bob Wilson, CDOT spokesman, said the closures are a necessary inconvenience.

  • Biglen facing recall election at Elk Creek

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District board president Tim Biglen has until Monday to resign or face a recall election.

    A certification of sufficiency was provided Wednesday to the committee that initiated the recall. The committee turned in 482 signatures. Of those, 379 were determined to be valid, and 103 were rejected. The petition needed 300 valid signatures to force the recall election, according to Larry Hauser, recall effort spokesman.

    Biglen would not comment on the development.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Banner signs clear Planning Commission hurdle

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 7-1 to endorse a proposed regulation allowing businesses to display up to one banner sign and one sandwich board per location. The decision came during a regular a meeting Oct. 12.

    The ban on banner signs, however, won't be officially over until the Board of County Commissioners votes on the issue.

    Shirley Johnson of Conifer, chair of the planning board, voted against the proposal. Voting in favor were Tim Rogers, Nancy Ferguson, Larry Anna, Richard Olson, Jack Bestall and James Price.

  • Weed-eating fish on way to Evergreen Lake

    A fish that loves to eat lake weeds and can grow to 50 pounds is being introduced to Evergreen Lake this fall in hopes that it will seriously reduce the massive vegetation problem.

    Last summer park and water district workers laboriously removed 25 truckloads, or about 25 tons, of elodea, a common lake weed that for some reason grew to massive proportions last summer.

  • A sweet way to help local charities

    Frozen yogurt will be available at the Café at The Place starting this weekend, and this sweet treat provides a bonus: About half of the purchase price will go to local charities.

    Called Yogurt for a Cause, the program will allow yogurt buyers to help decide who will get some much-needed help.

  • Citizens take commissioners to task over library control

    The atmosphere started out friendly but things got a little heated at a meeting last week as the questions and answers turned to the matter of the Jeffco Public Library and whether it's time to for the system to declare independence and form a library district.

    Meanwhile, one attendee took members of the Board of Commissioners to task for allowing the prospect of legal short-term vacation rentals to come up again, and another suggested reducing the open space sales tax by half.

  • Evergreen becomes part of Front Range in new Senate district map

    Evergreen voters can say hello to the Front Range and goodbye to ski-country neighbors if the proposed new boundaries of Senate District 16 take effect in 2012.

    The change means Evergreen moves into SD 22, a more compact area consisting of the mountain and unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. As part of the current SD 16, Evergreen was part of a district reaching to the far-flung areas of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Summit counties.