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  • Property owner misses deadline in Wah Keeney case

    Wah Keeney property owner Richard Morgan could be subject to a $500 fine in connection with a Spruce Road driveway project that does not meet county standards, after failing to file an answer to the county’s complaint.

    Morgan and Xcel Energy are being cited concurrently for earth-moving operations they conducted separately on Morgan’s property at 29592 Spruce Road in 2008 and 2009.

    Morgan hired an attorney, was granted an extension, then missed the deadline to file an answer.

  • Staying power: Vacationing locally offers personal, public benefits all year round

    Main Entry: stay·ca·tion

    Pronunciation: \^st-^k-sh(tm)n\

    Function: noun

    Etymology: blend of stay and vacation

    : a vacation spent at home or nearby

    — Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

    Like most of the trendy portmanteau words that crop up in the language from time to time — "smog," for example, or "netiquette" or (heaven help us) "Brangelina" — the term "staycation" easily becomes the mouth and more or less serves as its own definition.

  • Neighbors wary of vacationing renters

    Zoning authorities notified the owner that the rental activity is a violation of zoning regulations, and as of October the case had been turned over to the county attorney for a possible court hearing.

    As of Oct. 1, the house owned by Scott McCullough of Evergreen was still being advertised on Vacation Rentals by Owner, (www.vrbo.com) as the “Charming Cabin by the Lake.” The four-bedroom, two-bath house is within walking distance of Evergreen Lake and downtown. A week later on Oct. 9, the listing had been removed.

  • Students stroll through the solar system

    The immensity of the solar system can be difficult for young students to grasp, but now Jeffco students can take a long and educational walk through the sun’s neighborhood.

    On Oct. 7, Jefferson County Schools unveiled one of two recently completed solar space walk exhibits at the Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory School.

  • Park district ponders preliminary 2010 budget

    The total cost is budgeted at $232,100, of which $46,000 is from the district’s capital improvement fund; the rest depends on winning a joint grant from Jefferson County Open Space.

    The 2010 budget will be the main topic of discussion at a regular board meeting Oct. 27 at Wulf Recreation Center. The final version must be approved by mid-December.

    Under the 2010 budget, the district will be able to pay for capital improvements and other one-time expenses totaling $989,000 out of revenue and savings, without increasing user fees, except for field-use fees.

  • Fire district unveils draft of 2010 budget

    The 2010 budget includes $200,000 to help with the transition to a state-of-the-art narrow-band (VHF) radio system and an unspecified amount to pay for a temporary, contract project manager to oversee the work.

    The final version of the 2010 fire district budget will be unveiled at the next regular meeting of the board of directors at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at fire district headquarters, 1802 Evergreen Parkway. The meeting will start an hour earlier than usual to allow time for questions from the public.

  • County wants registry for foreclosed properties

    Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink says the county should have the authority to require banks and other property owners to maintain foreclosed and abandoned properties to help head off crime and preserve property values.

    "With all these foreclosures out there, there's a lot of additional criminal activity," Mink told the county commissioners Sept. 15. "They attract crime, and the neighbors get upset. Some cities have authority to force banks to do something with the properties; counties don't."

  • Panel OKs alternate-day plan for Apex Park

    The consensus was reached at 12:30 a.m. after about 40 people presented their views, the majority against Open Space’s plan.

    The main feature of a compromise plan unveiled Sept. 21 involved restricting cyclists to an uphill one-way route on the Enchanted Forest Trail on alternating, odd-numbered days. That may change to alternating even-numbered days in the final version of the plan.

    Any changes will take effect in spring 2010.

  • Ken Berry ruled competent to stand trial in fraud case

    A preliminary hearing was later set for Nov. 12 in Courtroom 5C at the Jefferson County courthouse. The trial judge will be District Judge Tamara Russell.

    Kenneth Berry appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. with his attorney, John Tinder, in front of District Judge Brian Boatright in Division 10.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, a co-defendant in the case, was also present, along with her attorney, Jeremy Reed. The two are expected to face trial concurrently.

    Tinder said he had no objection to the competency ruling.

  • Park district goes forward with plan for operations building

    The resolution comes with a stipulation that the $125,000 expense is considered a loan that must be paid back by March 1, 2010, as part of next year’s capital improvements.

    Park officials hope that if the work begins this fall, they will have at least a bare-bones shelter on a cement slab enclosed by February, so park workers can make vehicle repairs indoors.

    The building is expected to cost about $250,000, or $100,000 more than originally planned. It will be located on land the district owns in Buchanan Park behind the administration building.