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  • Elk Creek recall supporters say two-thirds of signatures collected

    More than two-thirds of the signatures needed to force a recall election of Elk Creek Fire Protection District board president Tim Biglen have been collected in the two weeks since the petition drive started.
    More than 200 signatures were collected in nine days, mostly by two dozen workers going door to door in the district. The group needs at least 300 signatures and has 60 days to collect them.

  • School board candidate forums

    • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge: City Council Chambers, Wheat Ridge United Neighborhoods

    • Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Golden: Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Ave., JUC Social Responsibility Council

    • Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lakewood: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W.20th Ave., Jeffco League of Women Voters

    • Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Littleton: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., League of Women Voters

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Board hopeful Powers concerned with school closings, need for options

    Lakewood architect Jim Powers opted to run against District 4 school board candidate Lesley Dahlkemper at virtually the last possible minute, filing an affidavit with the state on Aug. 29, the day such documents were due.

  • School board candidate Branaugh cites transparency, spending policies

    Jeffco Board of Education candidate Preston Branaugh slipped into the previously uncontested race in District 3 just hours before filing deadlines, registering with the secretary of state on the last possible day.

  • Event helps kids learn to stay safe

    Saturday’s weather was the perfect accompaniment to a family day at the 11th annual Community Safety & Family Fun Day.

    Under Colorado blue skies, young children and their parents browsed through booths at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building in Bergen Park that taught the tots about safety. They played games, made simple first-aid kits and participated in the annual Bicycle Rodeo. They could practice dialing 911 on fake phones.

  • Oktoberfest raffle winners not bugged

    Corbi Sayler, a Conifer resident who grew up skating on Evergreen Lake, won the refurbished "Love Bug," a 1970 silver Volkswagen with a sporty stripe, in the raffle at the third annual Oktoberfest at Evergreen Lake on Sunday.

    Kristina Halstead, the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 youth of the year, drew Sayler's winning ticket, which was one of a package of three Corbi bought at the Big Chili Cook-off for $10. (Single tickets cost $5 each.)

  • Lookout Mountain church eyes expansion, but neighbors won’t give blessing

    A small church on Lookout Mountain is seeking permission from Jefferson County to expand its footprint from 5,000 to 24,000 square feet and accommodate 900 people as opposed to the current 350. But neighbors are taking a dim view of the plans. 

    Any expansion still has to be considered by the planning commission and approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

    The church is currently operating as a non-conforming use in a residentially zoned area.

  • Students’ pinwheels turn out to promote peace

    Colorful pinwheels stood like silent sentries in the planters surrounding the parking lot of Evergreen Country Day School on Sept. 21 as a reminder of childhood and a simpler time when life is peaceful.

    The pinwheels, created in art class by students in kindergarten through fifth grade, were part of International Day of Peace, when kids around the world are asked to make pinwheels and place them in public places to promote peace.

  • Fending off the fire threat

    Living in the Red Zone is one thing. But living in a neighborhood that experts ranked "extreme" in 2007 in terms of wildfire risk is downright scary.

    The Red Zone refers to areas of high wildfire risk as determined by a 1999 study by the Colorado State Forest Service. It includes a large part of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    "We are the most imperiled neighborhood in two fire districts," said longtime Echo Hills resident Jessica Jay, a conservation law attorney with her own firm, Conservation Law.