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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.

  • Term limits eliminated for Indian Hills fire board

    Term limits for members of the Indian Hills fire board were scrapped in a close election Nov. 1 with a 13-vote margin.

    It took until Friday before an unofficial winner could be announced. The official results will be declared Nov. 9; with only six ballots still in question, the outcome won’t change, according to Josh Liss, deputy of elections for Jefferson County.

    Of the approximately 1,110 eligible voters, 255 voted to eliminate term limits, and 242 wanted to keep the two-term cap.

  • 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.

  • Local museum wins award for Civil War display

    The Hiwan Homestead Museum has received a History Colorado Caroline Bancroft Award for its ongoing exhibit, "Fateful Lightning: Colorado and the Civil War, 1861-1865." The exhibit continues through Nov. 20.

    The exhibit consists of 12 glass cases of artifacts, guns, bullets, letters, daily necessities and Confederate money, assembled from Denver area private collections.

    The title, "Fateful Lightning," comes from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was published in 1862 and popular during the Civil War.

  • Neighbors turn hostile cheek to church expansion plan

    Church leaders tried their best to pacify the packed assembly room, but a crowd of about 200 community members angrily voiced their opposition to the Activation Ministry Center's expansion plans at a meeting Nov. 2. at the church on Lookout Mountain Road.

  • Man accused of careless hunting in subdivision

    The Division of Wildlife has cited an Evergreen Highlands man with a misdemeanor for allegedly hunting and shooting a trophy bull elk in a careless manner against state law, according to court documents.

    On Sept. 10, the day the elk was killed, Henry P. Austin, 57, of 6726 Jungfrau Drive, had the correct hunting license for muzzleloader season; the season was open as of the same day, and he was on private property.

    Reached by phone, Austin said he had no comment on the pending citation. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 14.

  • Blaze destroys home above Kittredge

    An intense and fast-moving fire destroyed a home Monday afternoon at Meadow View Drive and Pine Valley Drive in Kittredge.

    The cause had not been determined by press time.

    The blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m., and 28 firefighters from Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded, along with wildland firefighters who extinguished flames as the fire jumped to nearby trees.

    The flames were doused by 2 p.m., but the home was a total loss. Some outbuildings were saved.

  • Neville selected to fill vacant state Senate seat

    A Republican vacancy committee on Nov. 3 appointed South Jeffco resident Tim Neville to succeed state Sen. Mike Kopp, who announced his resignation from District 22 last month.

    Under new reapportionment boundaries, Evergreen will be moving into District 22.

    Neville, who was vying for the seat along with current House District 28 Rep. Jim Kerr, won by only two votes. Among the 118 votes cast in the Ken Caryl Ranch House by the district’s Republican central committee, 60 voted for Neville and 58 voted for Kerr.

  • Fellman, Dahlkemper elected to school board

    Jeffco school board candidates Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman claimed an early victory Tuesday night, leading by substantial margins.