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  • A lesson in controversy: Obama's address widely shown, but viewing optional for students

    Evergreen area schools worked out a variety of policies on the showing of President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday after a weekend of dealing with a high level of parental concern on both sides of the issue.

    In the end, all of the schools showed the presidential pep talk in some format during the day, and students were allowed the option of not viewing the presentation.

    The Jeffco school district left the decision up to the principals and teachers at each school, based on a directive that was published last week.

  • Bergens reverse stance, will show Obama’s address to students

    The principals at Bergen Meadow Elementary and Bergen Valley Intermediate schools reversed their decision over the weekend and will show President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday morning.

    Their decision comes in the wake of a parent’s plan to stage a public showing of the address at fire headquarters; that event has now been canceled.

  • Big Chili Cook-off expected to be a hot time Sept. 13

    Get your taste buds ready for a spicy rumble: The eighth annual Big Chili Cook-off is Sunday, Sept. 13.

    The event features much more than chili, according to Leslie Caimi, the event coordinator. There are also non-chili food vendors, an art show, live music, kids’ activities and the firefighter challenge competition.

    The cookoff opens at 11 a.m., with chili sampling beginning at noon at Evergreen Lake. Awards are presented at 5 p.m., and the event ends just afterward.

  • Jeffco setting up distribution network for flu vaccine

    Jeffco health officials are setting up a distribution network for the H1N1 flu vaccine, anticipating a large demand for the shots this fall.

    "We're planning for a high level of demand for the vaccine," said county health department director Dr. Mark Johnson. "What actually happens, and what the demand actually turns out to be, will depend on how hard the flu hits or the perception of a shortage. We're planning that it's going to be big."

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • Forest Service adds 900 acres to Beaver Brook Watershed

    After recently signing a deal for 900 acres previously owned by Clear Creek Open Space, the Forest Service controls 4,000 acres from Mount Evans Wilderness to Noble and Elk meadows, about 4 miles west of Highway 74 on Highway 103. The property begins at the old Squaw Pass gate.

    Clear Creek Open Space obtained 1,442 acres in April 2005 with a $5.2 million lottery bridge loan from Great Outdoors Colorado. But all along the idea was to turn the land over to the U.S. Forest Service for ownership and preservation.

  • Denver man dies in fall near Maxwell Falls

    The man who died Wednesday near Maxwell Falls has been identified as Gregory Woodman, 48, of Denver. Woodman was with an unidentified companion when he died.

    Woodman was wearing a climbing harness when he fell about 50 feet off a cliff, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the upper trailhead to Maxwell Falls, about 8 miles southwest of Evergreen on Brook Forest Road.

  • Short-term rentals run afoul of regulation

    For example, Keith and Rebecca Briggs own five houses in the Evergreen area and rent them short-term to vacationers and wedding guests. The business is labor intensive, not very lucrative and also violates existing zoning regulations in Jefferson County. But they are far from alone.

    Like the Briggses, dozens of homeowners from Upper Bear Creek to Conifer are part of a growing underground hospitality industry in which individual owners are renting out their houses on a short-term basis for profit.

  • Hiwan covenant war reaches uneasy truce

    While recent court rulings have effectively ended open hostilities in the bitter covenant dispute that has raged across Hiwan Country Club for the better part of two years, they've done little to reconcile competing theories of proper neighborhood management, and even less to mend a whole bunch of badly broken fences.

  • Event Sept. 26 will take hard-to-recycle items

    Two sites in El Rancho Town Center will be accepting drop-offs of household hazardous wastes and hard-to-recycle items on Sept. 26.

    The two sites, Evergreen Country Day School and Walmart, will accept the drop-offs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the designated day, said Mereth Meade, a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club’s Project Earth Committee, which is sponsoring the recycling event.

    This is Evergreen Rotary’s second annual all-inclusive event that collects hard-to-dispose-of items on the same day.