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  • Family fun center may replace Bergen 7 Theaters

    A group of local investors has purchased the former AMC movie theater complex at 1204 Bergen Parkway and plans to expand and remodel it into a family fun center, including bowling alleys, an arcade, billiards and a sports bar.

    A new funplex could give an economic boost to the businesses in the nearby Bergen Village Shopping Center, which now has the large empty movie theater building at its gateway.

  • Heated debate over Bear Creek water temperature

     Bear Creek, the waterway that feeds the Evergreen area from Mount Evans to Kittredge and beyond, is back on the list of the state’s impaired streams after water-quality authorities examined data showing the temperature levels were above the limit on two occasions in 2010.

    In one case, the increase exceeded the standard by 0.01 degree Celsius, and in the other case it was 0.41 degree Celsius, both of which are less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Both cases were based on a weekly average, one ending July 27 and one ending Aug. 2 in 2010.

  • County seeks citizen input on elections

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder is seeking public comment about whether the 2012 primary election should be held as an all-mail election. The public comment period ends Jan. 30. There will be a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 31.

    The 2010 primary was the first primary conducted by mail ballot in Jefferson County. It resulted in a record-breaking turnout and cost half a million dollars less than the previous polling place election in 2008.

    In 2008, 94 percent of the voters chose to vote by mail.

  • Eastbound I-70 cleared at Chief Hosa

    All  lanes going east at Chief Hosa near milemarker 253 were open at 3 p.m. following an accident at 1:37 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Ideal for home defense

  • Special district elections coming up May 8

     The Evergreen Park and Recreation District and the Evergreen Fire Protection District will hold elections for new board members May 8.

    The park district will be seeking a replacement for board member Peter Eggers, who is not seeking re-election at the end of his four-year term. Current board member Janet Heck Doyle, who was elected in 2008, is up for re-election. Doyle said Monday she hasn't decided whether or not she is running again.

  • MALT helps save historic Conifer ranch

    With the help of the Mountain Area Land Trust, longtime Conifer residents Barbara and Tom Butterfield preserved nearly 4,000 acres of their high mountain valley near Pine from development forever.

     

    The last piece of the five-part process concluded in January 2011 when the couple transferred 285 acres known as Resort Valley Ranch East Homestead, south of South Foxton Road and U.S. 285, just past Reynolds Open Space Park.

  • Mountain lions attacking pets in Hiwan Hills

     

    The state Department of Parks and Wildlife has received a number of reports since Dec. 25 of pets being taken by mountain lions in the Hiwan Hills area on Ridge Road, Mossy Rock Lane, Buchanan Drive and Western Court, according to spokesperson Jennifer Churchill.

    Four attacks were documented:

    • On Dec. 25 at 9:30 p.m., a 40-pound dog was taken from a deck on Ridge Road while reporting parties were watching a movie. After they ran outside yelling, the lion dropped the dog and left, but the dog did not survive.

  • Fire department seeks new paid fire chief

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue inaugurated the search for a new fire chief as of Dec. 15, with the intention of having a leader in place by June 1.

    The in-house selection committee recommended at the October meeting that a new chief be hired to replace Garry DeJong, who resigned in August to take a job with the Lewiston Fire Department in Idaho.

    In the interim, volunteer firefighter Jeff Ashford, currently the deputy chief of fire operations, was named unpaid statutory chief. Fire marshal Frank Dearborn was named acting district administrator.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A parting gift, perhaps