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  • Apex trail management policy taking shape

    As part of an ongoing effort to design a better plan for the 770-acre park that separates urban Golden from semi-rural foothills suburbs, the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee recently solicited ideas from several major interest groups.

    The issue drew an overflow crowd of about 90 people to the regular meeting of the Jeffco Open Space board on Aug. 6 at the Open Space building in Golden.

  • 13 to walk in Breast Cancer 3-Day

    The 3-Day is a grueling event that entails walking 20 miles a day without benefit of iPods or even cell phones, except for an emergency. Participants commit to three days of pounding pavement with 1,000 other women, as well as sleeping overnight in a closed campground, where they shower in communal facilities and chow down on provided meals. No family support is allowed.

  • Rhodes to stage EChO benefit concert

    On the road to recovery after a devastating bicycle accident, Kevin Rhodes started writing songs and fiddling around with his guitar, which he has played since age 10.

    The result was enough original material to put on a concert at the Center/Stage on Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the benefit of Evergreen Christian Outreach, which has a food pantry and thrift shop.

  • Federal grants shift Drive Smart into hire gear

    Since its founding in 1993, Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer has grown from a small band of safety-spirited neighbors into a local institution with hundreds of dedicated volunteers administering numerous programs serving thousands of area residents annually. This year, thanks to a timely trio of federal grants and the organization's demonstrated resiliency, the nonprofit stands poised to expand its scope, its reach, and - for the first time in a very long time - its paid staff.

  • Arts alive: Last Friday Gallery Walk stimulates the senses

    The artwork displayed during the Last Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Evergreen is as diverse as the people who frequent the galleries.

    Whether you’re a real art aficionado or a novice, the gallery walk offers everything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and pottery. Better yet, the different galleries along Main Street host receptions with the artists, so patrons can chat about the artwork.

  • Three trails open in Bergen Park area

    Three trails have opened this summer thanks to Great Outdoors Colorado, partnerships between local and regional organizations, and a team of dedicated Evergreen residents.

    The first trail is the sidewalk linking Evergreen Middle School to Bergen Meadow Elementary and the Bergen Park Fire Station. The trail arrives in time for a safer start of school for the 1,100 students who attend Evergreen Middle School and Bergen Meadow Elementary, which both lie along the trail.

  • Phish concert-goers subdued during weekend concerts

    The weekend concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre by the rock band Phish were subdued as far as law enforcement was concerned, allaying fears that these concerts would be a repeat of the last time Phish fans flooded the Morrison area.

    “I was the on-call (police spokeswoman) over the weekend, and I wasn’t advised of anything major happening,” said Detective Sharon Avendano of the Denver Police Department. Red Rocks and the park’s parking lots are owned and operated by the city of Denver.

  • Commissioners backpedaling on bike restrictions?

    Jefferson County commissioners appear to be rethinking a plan to seek legislation that would allow them to regulate bicycles on county roads.

    After several public meetings about a proposed cycling event through Deer Creek Canyon - and amid a continuing debate about the safety of bikes and cars co-existing on narrow foothills roads - the commissioners had announced they would seek legislative authority to regulate cycling.

  • Commissioners’ e-mail exchange may have violated law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have once again run afoul of the Colorado Open Meetings Law by using e-mail to discuss a common statement regarding the board’s controversial effort to seek authority to regulate bicyclists on county roads.

    The apparent violation comes less than two years after the Courier successfully sued the Board of Commissioners over a violation of the law in July 2007. In a settlement of that lawsuit, the commissioners acknowledged they violated the Open Meetings Law and agreed to follow all of the law’s provisions in the future.

  • County's share of cultural funding drops 16 percent

    Jeffco's share of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds dropped 16 percent from 2008 to 2009, but the district still awarded more than $820,000 to various organizations and events.