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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.

  • Dahlkemper is new school board president

    Newly elected Jeffco school board members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper took the oath of office Nov. 10, nine days after voters selected them over challengers Jim Powers and Preston Branaugh.

  • Red-brick path honors those who serve

    Members of American Legion Post 2001 of Evergreen celebrated Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 12, by dedicating the walkway of brick pavers engraved with the names of those who have served the country's armed forces.

    About 75 people turned out to witness completion of the final phase of a building process that began when legion members decided to build the Veterans and Service Members Commemorative Walk in 2007 in Buchanan Park.

  • Commissioners approve short-term rentals on split vote

     

    Despite evidence of strong grassroots opposition from neighbors and homeowner associations, two of three Jeffco commissioners voted to allow short-term rentals, institute a permit process and impose a comprehensive list of restrictions as a way of buffering the impact on neighborhoods.

  • Evergreen, Conifer land in Dem-leaning district

    Under the congressional redistricting map approved by a Denver district judge, Evergreen and Conifer would land in District 2, represented by Congressman Jared Polis, a liberal Democrat from Boulder.

    The mountain communities currently are part of District 6, which elected Republican Mike Coffman as its representative to Congress in 2008 and again in 2010.

    The proposed map, which would be in effect for the 2012 elections, was viewed as something of a blow to Republican aspirations.

  • Replacement chief not a high priority for fire department

     

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is not in the market for a new fire chief, although the former chief, Garry DeJong, has been gone since September and a managers' committee recommended a new fire chief be hired.

    At a work session Nov. 8 the consensus of the board of directors was that the existing structure, with no fire chief, was working well, and they weren't interested in launching a search for a new chief until further notice. They did not say whether or not they would ever hire a new chief.

  • Biglen resigns from Elk Creek board

    Tim Biglen, the embattled president of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District board, has resigned rather than face a recall election.
    Biglen sent a one-sentence e-mail to the other four board members on Tuesday night, saying simply that he resigned from the board, according to Mike Rogers, the board’s vice president.
    Biglen had until Tuesday to resign. If he had not resigned, a date for a recall election would have been set. His resignation saves the fire district several thousand dollars in election costs.
    Biglen could not be reached for comment.

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  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.

  • Bergen Elementary celebrates 40-year anniversary

    It was all about memories and bringing the community together for those who attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Bergen Elementary School last weekend.

    Former teachers and principals remembered their time at the school, the students they taught, the time spent remodeling the school in the mid-‘80s, and the colleagues who are still lifelong friends.

    Former students remembered the teachers who taught them reading, writing and arithmetic, the friends they made, and the fun they had on the playground.