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Local News

  • Courier offices remain closed

    The main office of Evergreen Newspapers and the Canyon Courier in Evergreen remains closed for business because of the snowstorm.

    The office will reopen as usual Friday morning.

  • Evergreen cab driver dies in accident

    Ralph Collins, proprietor of Mountains Taxi, died in a traffic accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 285 at Windy Point.

    Collins, 60, of Conifer died at the scene of the single-vehicle accident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m.

    Collins was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango that veered off the right side of the road, traveled up a steep embankment and rolled at least once, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The patrol said Collins was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

  • Pedaling a plan: Jeffco planning staff seeks to create approach to bicycle-pedestrian paths

    Planning and zoning officials say Jeffco needs an overall approach to dealing with the county’s 210 miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths.

    “We have some discussion points found in the major thoroughfare plan, but no real focus on how bicycle and pedestrian paths exist and can be accommodated in the county," reads a memo from Development and Transportation Director Tim Carl.

  • Commissioners launch 'citizen input meetings'

    The Jefferson County commissioners launched a series of public meetings last week dubbed "citizen input meetings," aimed at interacting with the public and allowing for extensive question-and-answer sessions with county officials and staff.

    The first stop on the tour was The Peak Recreation Center in South Jeffco, where the commissioners hosted about 20 area residents.

    "We just want to keep you up to date on what we have going on in the county," said Commissioner Kevin McCasky. "We really want to get your feedback."

  • District says no decisions made on school closures

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Jeffco Public Schools says no final decisions have been made on possible school closures or changes to high school articulation areas.

    The district's Facility Usage Committee — made up of 33 community members, district employees, union representatives and others — has been meeting since March to find ways to save money with more efficient use of district buildings, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Temporary fence allowed in Paradise Hills

    A compromise has been reached in the legal tussle between the Paradise Hills Homeowners Association and a property owner who wanted to keep a large fence on her property.

    Under terms of the agreement, the homeowner is allowed to keep the fence temporarily, possibly at least until her children grow up or the house is sold. The details were not made public. The case was closed Aug. 5.

  • Hearing canceled in hit-and-run bicycle accident

    Jeffrey Scott Detlefs, 57, was scheduled to appear in court last week for a preliminary hearing. But after the proceeding failed to start 15 minutes after the scheduled time, observers were informed that the hearing was optional in Detlefs’ case and he had chosen to forgo it.

    As of Tuesday, the case was transferred out of county court and goes to Jefferson County District Court for an arraignment at 8 a.m. Dec. 4. The case is assigned to District Judge Jane A. Tidball.

  • Property owner to go to court over grading permit

    Morgan and Xcel Energy or Public Service Co. are being cited concurrently for earth-moving operations they conducted separately on Morgan’s property in 2008 and 2009.

    Morgan says the work he did last spring was to repair a driveway, for which he had obtained a permit in 2005, and that it was restored to its prior satisfactory condition before Public Service Co. began its excavation.

  • Study finds support for modest community/arts center

    Evergreen would be able to support a relatively modest 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot community and arts center — costing between $7 million and $8 million, including bond interest — say consultants hired by the park district and Center for the Arts Evergreen.

    The study was commissioned to examine the market demand and the potential cost of building an arts-related structure as envisioned by the Buchanan Park master plan, which was approved by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Jan. 22, 2008.

  • Song of the South plays educational tune

    Donning straw hats and overalls, calico dresses and bonnets, students at Parmalee Elementary School showed off their projects looking at life in the Southern United States during the 1800s.

    The students in Donna Sutherland’s fourth/fifth-grade gifted-and-talented class used everything from Powerpoint presentations to posters on Oct. 19 to explain to their peers about life during that era.