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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.

  • 'Deck-side hunter' shocks quiet neighborhood

    A clash between homeowners and a home-based hunter with a license on Sept. 10 in Evergreen Highlands has reignited the controversy over hunting in residential neighborhoods in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    Hunting elk on private property in unincorporated Jeffco is legal as long as the bullet doesn't leave the boundaries. In the last couple of years, individual elk have been bagged in Paradise Hills, Cold Springs Ranch, Hiwan Golf Club and Indian Hills.

  • Interstate 70 bike-trail bypass gets construction funds

    The long-awaited prospect of a safe bicycle path along I-70, bypassing the interstate and covering the 2-mile stretch between the Genesee and El Rancho exits, could become a reality by 2013.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has allocated $700,000 in FASTER safety-improvement funding for a bicycle path/non-motorized bypass. Surveyors could start work on it this fall. The total cost is estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million.

  • 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.