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  • Idledale water storage tank to be retired after 30 years

    The Idledale Water and Sanitation District is ready to begin work this winter on building a new 250,000-gallon water tank to supply the 125 homeowners in the district west of Morrison.

    The existing concrete tank isn’t leaking but is “at the end of its useful life,” said AJ Beckman, district manager with Special District Management Services of Lakewood, a consulting firm that handles 35 special districts.

  • Park district budget shows no increases in wages

    Under the preliminary park district budget for 2010, there will be no furlough days or reduced hours, but district employees are getting no raises or cost-of-living increases. The district has about 35 full-time employees and about 60 contract employees.

    The new budget assumes the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will take in nearly $5 million from taxes and operations, an increase of 2 percent compared to $4.85 million in 2009.

    The hourly charge to use Marshdale fields, which was proposed in the last draft, has been eliminated, but per-player charges will rise.

  • Fire destroys house in Brook Forest Estates

    A two-story wood-frame house at 3 Ute Trail in Brook Forest Estates, about 9 miles southwest of downtown Evergreen, was destroyed after a fire broke out about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    Two dogs were in the house and died in the blaze. The owners weren’t home at the time of the fire.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to the scene, which was in the Clear Creek County part of the Evergreen fire district, near the Pike National Forest, at the end of a dirt road. About 15 firefighters responded with about five large trucks.

  • Marinelli defeated in school board race

    Evergreen resident Sue Marinelli lost her seat on the Jeffco school board in Tuesday's election.

    Challenger Laura Boggs, a business consultant, captured 51.4 percent of the vote to 48.6 percent for Marinelli for the District 2 seat. Marinelli is a former teacher and the current board president.

    In District 5 in South Jeffco, Paula Noonan defeated incumbent Richard Rush 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent. Noonan operates two legislative-related websites.

  • Jeffco voters reject bid for term-limit extensions

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of letting elected officials run for three consecutive terms.

    Allowing every elected official in Jeffco besides the county commissioners to run for three consecutive terms instead of the current two was broken into two questions on the Nov. 3 ballot. The district attorney's position was listed by itself, and voters rejected that proposal by nearly 20 percentage points, with 58 percent of voters saying no and 41 percent approving.

  • Cute pet contest deadline is Nov. 11

    Would your pet win a cute pet contest?

    Of course your pet is the best, and the Canyon Courier is sponsoring a cute pet contest. All proceeds benefit the Newspapers In Education Program, which helps promote literacy in our local schools. Awards will be given for first, second and third places.

  • Conference set on electromagnetic impacts on health

    Speakers will address the connection between cell phones, cell phone towers, wi-fi systems, laptops, personal electronic equipment and diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

    The effects of electromagnetic energy on medical implants will also be discussed.

    The speakers are Ph.D.s from various universities around the country and from Colorado.

    Electromagnetic radiation has been a topic of controversy in the canyon neighborhood of Lookout Mountain, which is known for its antenna farm.

  • Elected officials face voters using handheld remotes

    The meeting was one of four events hosted in October and November in various locations around the county. A Nov. 16 event was scheduled to make up for one that was canceled because of weather. (See end of story for more dates.)

    About 45 people were in attendance Monday night, in addition to County Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman.

  • Jeffco envisions all-encompassing land-use plan

    Public comments are due by Nov. 9. The planning commission is scheduled to take action at a meeting Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m., during which public testimony will be taken. (The Board of County Commissioners doesn’t hold a hearing or vote on the plan.)

    The approximately 500-page document is an attempt to define the countywide rules that will govern development in unincorporated Jefferson County for years to come.

  • Crane accident halts work on treatment plant roof

    The accident forced authorities to take the machinery off line temporarily, but the tank was pumped out and the equipment was back on line and functioning as usual by Saturday.

    The truck, owned by RMS Cranes Inc. of Colorado Springs, lost its brakes, Gerry Schulte, executive director of the Evergreen Metro District, said as he surveyed the damage Friday.

    Schulte estimated the insurance claim would be about $500,000.