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  • Jeffco library system facing painful cuts

     

    The Evergreen Public Library will reopen on Mondays under the proposed 2012 budget, but the hours of operation will be cut as part of a system-wide cost-cutting effort to shave $2 million off operating expenses.

    The mixed forecast was disconcerting news to about 50 people who showed up at the Evergreen Public Library on the evening of Oct. 19 for a presentation on the library system's financial condition presented by the library staff and Pam Nissler, interim executive director.

  • Voting in progress at election service centers and by mail

    Just one week remains before ballots are due on Election Day, Nov. 1. If you haven't received a ballot in the mail yet, it's time to start thinking about voting in person at one of the election service centers, which opened for business Oct. 10.

    Evergreen voters are being asked to choose two school board members and vote on one statewide ballot issue, Proposition 103.

  • 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

    The good news is, he managed to save his game

  • 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.