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  • Jeffco losing deputies to agencies with higher pay

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has for years been losing newly trained recruits and deputies to other metro-area police agencies, which employees attribute to a longstanding hiatus of the department’s step-and-grade pay system.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office said it could not provide a specific number of employees who left for greener pastures, other local law enforcement agencies have been luring away deputies since 2007 with offers of better pay, Sheriff Ted Mink said.

  • A window on students' creativity

    The inaugural Fifth Avenue Evergreen holiday event at Bergen Village on Friday brought the nostalgia of small-town holidays to the area as area students decorated windows in holiday themes.

    Residents strolled through the businesses while a DJ played holiday music. The event was a fund-raiser for the schools' art programs as well as a way for the shopping center to kick off the holiday season.

  • Open Space seeks public input with online survey

    Jefferson County Open Space is interested in the public's opinion on various aspects of the Open Space program. To participate in an online survey, use the link on the Jefferson County Open Space website, http://jeffco.us/openspace.

    The online survey is part of a research project including the Open Space Division’s first-ever random-sample citizen survey that went out by mail to 10,000 residents in October. Questions cover parks, facilities, programs, trails, management, investment of funds, communications and values.

  • Mursuli pleads guilty to four counts in fraud case

    A former business owner in Evergreen who was accused of fraud in connection with Mountain Computers Inc. and a program he called "18 Percent Money" has pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft.

    Israel S. Mursuli was originally charged with 28 counts of making false statements and theft after being accused of taking more than $1 million from five people in violation of the Colorado Securities Act. A Jefferson County grand jury returned the indictment May 6.

  • Court rejects commission's plan for redrawing lines of state House, Senate districts

    The state Supreme Court on Nov. 15 voted 4-2 to reject the proposed new boundaries of state House and Senate districts and send the maps back to the state Reapportionment Commission because too many counties were split up.

    Under the plan, the shapes of both House District 25 and Senate District 16 would be drastically different and foster the element of "competitiveness" over other factors.

    Every 10 years the legislature redraws the state's political district boundaries to reflect population shifts over the last decade.

  • Grant to help pay for bike racks on Lariat Loop

     With the Pro Cycling Challenge in particular and cycling in general both in the limelight, the Lariat Loop successfully obtained $25,000 to install 25 bike racks at various points along the 40-mile-long National Scenic Byway.

    The grant requires a matching fund contribution of $6,000. The money comes through the Colorado Department of Transportation from the Federal Highway Administration, which is responsible for the Scenic Byways Program.

  • Main Street to be closed for downtown Holiday Walk on Dec. 2

    Main Street from the stoplight to Meadow Drive will be closed to traffic from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 for the first time in 20 years for the Holiday Walk, the season's free outdoor community event and street party sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    Motorists will be able to detour around the closure by taking Douglas Park Road and Meadow Drive to Highway 74.

  • Delay in paper delivery

    Due to an issue at the Canyon Courier's press, today's issue of the paper will be late. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Rotary to launch Ice Melt Contest with concert at Ice House

    The sixth annual Ice Melt Contest gets under way this year in combination with the first benefit concert at the Ice House in support of the EPRD Special Needs Program and Evergreen Christian Outreach at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

    Tickets are $10 at the door, and bands include 3-Legged Dog, Joe Bye and Friends, and John Erlandson and the MPR All Stars.