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  • Cultural district distributes 2009 funds

    The biggest fund winners in the Evergreen area were Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen Chorale and the Evergreen Players, with $27,072, $27,229 and $24,450, respectively.

    Tier III organizations in Jefferson County received $828,728 out of a total distribution of $5.2 million for all seven counties in the district.

    Tier I is defined as the leading cultural institutions, such as the Denver Art Museum. Tier II are regional organizations. Tier III includes 300 local volunteer or professional groups that apply for funding through their respective counties.

  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.

  • Snow eases; Jeffco schools to reopen Friday

    The season's first big snowstorm left up to 3 1/2 feet in some parts of Evergreen, but the precipitation eased enough Thursday night for Jeffco schools to announce they would reopen Friday.

    Scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Sporadic power outages were reported throughout Evergreen during the storm, and roads alternated between merely slick and outright treacherous.

    Check our website for updates.

     

  • 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.