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  • Planning board to consider short-term rentals Oct. 26

     The Jeffco Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and attempt to craft a final version of its latest recommendation on short-term rentals at 6:15 p.m., Oct. 26. The hearing was originally set for Oct. 5 and then continued.

    On Oct. 12 the board met in a two-hour study session to discuss the latest rough draft of a proposed revised regulation containing a long list of stipulations.

  • Teen pleads guilty to attempted first-degree murder in stabbing of mom

    A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of stabbing his mother in July at their home on Red Fox Drive in Evergreen appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
    He was sentenced to 3½ years in the Department of Youth Corrections as an "aggravated juvenile offender," according to Pam Russell, the district attorney’s spokeswoman.
    The teen will be assigned to a Jefferson County locked facility, which would mean either Mount View or Lookout Mountain detention center.  

  • Searchers rescue missing hiker at Lair o’ the Bear

    Searchers have found a 74-year-old man who spent the night in Lair o’ the Bear Park after a fall.


    Members of Alpine Search and Rescue of Evergreen located Kittredge resident Bob Johnson about 5:45 p.m. Friday three-quarters of a mile south of the parking lot. Rescuers were working to get Johnson back to the parking lot, where he was to be transported to a hospital.
    According to sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer, Johnson had been injured in a fall but was expected to be OK.
    More than 60 people searched Lair o' the Bear Park on Friday.

  • Crews repairing water-main break at Evergreen Parkway and Lewis Ridge

    A major water main break at Evergreen Parkway and Lewis Ridge Road is being repaired by the Evergreen Metro District.

    One lane of northbound traffic was closed on Evergreen Parkway. Some homes in Hiwan and along the parkway frontage road were affected, and might have dirty water. Residents should run cold water taps until the water is clear, the district said.

  • Inmate shot, killed by deputy during alleged escape attempt

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco inmate who died Oct. 11 after being shot by a deputy during an alleged escape attempt while at a medical imaging center in Golden was identified Wednesday as 28-year-old Jesus Aguilar.

    Aguilar was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he was pronounced dead. The deputy, who has not been identified, fired one shot, a spokesman for the Golden Police Department said.

    The shooting occurred at 11:40 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • EChO needs donations of food, personal items

    Evergreen Christian Outreach is in the business of giving hope.

    The organization, which helps the area’s needy, provides food, clothes, school supplies and firewood, and assistance with rent, utility bills and child care. The number of families in need has doubled since 2008 when the economy went south, according to Sharon Smith, EChO’s executive director. EChO helped 435 households between January and August 2011. Of those, 108 were new families.

  • Library board’s deliberations a closed book

    By Emile Hallez and Doug Bell

    Staff Writers

    The Jeffco library board is playing fast and loose with the state’s Open Meetings Law, possibly committing several violations in two recent executive sessions.

    Several provisions of the law, which restricts closed-door discussions by public bodies to specific topics named in advance, appear to have been breached:

    • The board appeared to offer the library system’s executive director position to a candidate on the phone without ever taking a public vote to make the job offer.

  • Grade-school parents warned about dangers of Internet, cell phones

    Parents of elementary school students need to keep track of their children’s activities on the Internet because even kids that young are falling prey to online sexual predators, two Jefferson County investigators said.

    More elementary-school-age children are becoming victims of sexual predators because more of them have cell phones and frequent social networking sites, said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jeffco district attorney’s Child Sexual Offender Internet Investigations Unit.

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  • Demolition begins on Lake Park rehab project

    After a couple of years in the concept stage, demolition work has begun on the Evergreen Lake Park renovation project.

    Groundbreaking was expected to start the by the end of the week of Oct. 10, and a completion date is anticipated before Christmas.

    The entire project is now expected to cost about $230,000, not including the resurfacing of the asphalt parking lot, which has been broken out as a separate project that will possibly include the city of Denver as a partner.