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  • Planning board rejects rule changes on short-term rentals

    Proponents of the popular list-it-yourself, vacation-rental industry suffered another setback Aug. 3 when the Jeffco planning commission rejected new short-term-rental zoning regulations.

    On a 6-1 vote, the board refused to sign off on a staff proposal that would have allowed short-term rentals with an annual review and minimal restrictions, including basic fire and safety measures. Current zoning regulations prohibit offering rentals for less than 30 days at time.

  • Design for Lake Trail connection is unveiled

    About 50 members of the community took advantage of an open house at the Lake House on Aug. 3 to look at a preliminary design for a proposed new trail connection at the eastern end of Evergreen Lake.

    The meeting was hosted by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Low-cost firewood permits available

    The Colorado State Forest Service is offering firewood for sale in an attempt to reduce wildfire fuels in Denver Mountain Parks.

    Permits go on sale Aug. 12 and 13 at the CSFS Golden District office at 1504 Quaker St. in Golden. The wood comes from previous thinning activities and will be available at three locations on specific dates between Aug. 27 and Oct. 2.

    Permits range from $20 to $45 per pickup or trailer load, depending on location and whether the wood is green or already cured.

  • Dykeman leaving fire board when term ends

     

    Chick Dykeman, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board for four years, has decided not to run in May 2012 when his current term expires.

    "I think people need not to stay on the job forever. These kinds of positions need turnover. It's five years in May," Dykeman told the Canyon Courier last week.

    He is looking forward to spending time with his 13-month-old granddaughter and helping his wife, Nancy Dykeman, in her new role when she becomes chairwoman of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce in January.

  • The day the ducks came down

    The second annual Dam Ducky Derby in Evergreen got off to a flying start on Saturday with a dramatic aerial drop of nearly 7,000 orange bath toys into Bear Creek below the Evergreen Lake dam.

    Instead of the float-and-release strategy of last year's event, organizers recruited Evergreen Fire/Rescue to do the honor of kicking off the big duck race from a bulging net suspended about 35 feet in the air over the water.

  • Planning board frowns on legalizing short-term rentals

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 6-1 Wednesday night to reject a recommendation in favor of legalizing short-term vacation-rental houses in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    During the three-hour hearing, 14 parties spoke against and three people spoke in favor of the proposal, which included some moderate restrictions. Opponents included a couple of HOAs from Littleton and numerous residents of Evergreen.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A false economy

  • Fire Chief DeJong leaving Evergreen for Idaho

    After four years as chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Garry DeJong is leaving to become fire chief of the Lewiston Fire Department in Lewiston, Idaho. His last day will be Oct. 7, when his current contract ends.

    Members of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board told the fire chief in June that his services were no longer needed and that they wanted to take the department in another direction, DeJong said.

    The idea of hiring a district manager instead of a new fire chief was mentioned, DeJong said.

  • 16 county businesses caught selling liquor to minors

     

    Sixteen Jeffco liquor providers were cited for providing alcohol to a minor in a recent large-scale sting operation, marking a significant increase in the percentage of stores cited over previous years.

    Two of the establishments are in the Evergreen area: the Bradley station at 10800 Highway 73 and Fruit of the Vine Spirits & Wine at 19423 North Turkey Creek Road.

    As part of the yearly sting operation, underage sheriff’s cadets attempted to purchase beer without providing identification at 70 county businesses.

  • Former county administrator to be subpoenaed in McCasky probe

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted July 22 to subpoena former county administrator Jim Moore in its investigation of former county commissioner Kevin McCasky, a decision that could bring to light information suppressed by multiple lawsuit settlements.