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  • Reaction mixed to review of 3 top-paid fire district posts

    A proposal to downsize a top-paid segment of the staff at Evergreen Fire/Rescue received a mixed reception from the audience and five members of the district board at a special meeting May 27.

    Board member George Kling led the meeting, because a month ago he initiated the idea of examining certain job descriptions to look for waste or duplication of effort.

    About 20 people were in the audience, including the three whose jobs were under discussion. One of the three brought a video camera on a tripod to tape the panel discussion.

  • Two development proposals OK’d at El Rancho Town Center

    A couple of new developments are in the works for the commercial area known as the El Rancho Town Center, just west of the Walmart store at Interstate 70 and Evergreen Parkway.

    On May 27 the county commissioners approved the final plat for the third commercial building in the large, mixed-use complex that now houses Starbucks, Trinity Pub, Bicycle Connection and Qdoba.

    The third lot, between the parking lot and the Honka Building, is approved for a maximum three-story structure with 21,000 square feet.

  • Wah Keeney landowner cited for grading without permit

    An unusually wet spring and continued random, intermittent earthmoving activities on Wah Keeney Mountain are making a nightmare out of what should be an idyllic spring for residents on Columbine Way.

    Springtime projects culminated with the Jeffco County Planning and Zoning Department issuing a zoning violation notice on May 12 against Xcel Energy Co. and landowner Richard Morgan of Wheat Ridge for improper grading activity at 29592 Spruce Road.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire engine rolls off road on Floyd Hill

    A 1997 Evergreen Fire/Rescue fire engine rolled off a steep road on Floyd Hill on Tuesday, completed one whole revolution, and pancaked an empty, vintage 1969 Pontiac Firebird parked 25 feet below.

    Neither the driver of the fire truck, Mike Weege, nor anyone else was hurt in the accident, which happened about 1 p.m. as the truck was heading downhill from a routine suspicious-odor call.

    It went off the road above the home of Bill and Arnetta Vickery at 872 Ponderosa Drive, above Clear Creek High School.

  • Bluegrass concert to help school in Tanzania

    A bluegrass concert and barbecue to help finance the Light Up Losinoni project in Tanzania will be offered June 18 at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen.

     

    The concert will feature local bluegrass musicians the O’Brien Family and John Erlandson. A 5:30 p.m. reception, barbecue and jewelry sale will precede a 6:30 p.m. curtain time. The Rib Cage will provide the barbecue.

  • Slash-collection schedule

    All weekend dates are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • June 6-7 — Highway 72 and Camp Eden Road

    • June 13-14 —eeConifer High School and Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 on Settler's Drive

    • June 27-28 — Evergreen High School

    • July 18-19 —eeConifer High School and North Fork Fire Department Station 1, 19384 Highway 126 in Buffalo Creek

    • Aug. 15-16 — Inter-Canyon Fire Station 3 on Settler's Drive,eeand Foothills Fire Department, U.S. 40 and Lookout Mountain Road.

  • NEXT WEEK: Rec district plans bare-bones building at Buchanan

    The park district board has decided to go forward with a proposed $150,000, bare-bones building in Buchanan Park that is more storage-oriented than office-oriented, at least for now, on the grounds that the district's needs may change in the future.

    The initial concept for the building included three enclosed offices for park operations personnel, until board member Roger Hoaglund raised questions about the proposed office space, which he felt was unnecessary and could be located somewhere else.

  • Sushi Evergreen delays opening

    Sushi Evergreen, which is planning to open a full-scale Japanese restaurant in the former Stroh’s restaurant on the east end of downtown, has hit a temporary snag.

    The restaurant was hoping to open Friday but has delayed the opening indefinitely. Stay tuned to the Courier for updates.

  • Hot cards, cold cases: 21 unsolved Jeffco crimes featured on playing cards used by state inmates

    Valentine’s Day 2000 will forever be burned into the memories of two South Jeffco families.

    On that day, 15-year-old Nicholas Kunselman and 16-year-old Stephanie Hart were found murdered at a Subway sandwich shop on West Coal Mine Avenue near Columbine High School. More than nine years later, the case remains unsolved.

  • Citizen budgeters finalize recommendations

    Jeffco's Citizen Budget Review Panel is recommending that the county finance several major construction projects over the next 20 years and establish a fund to handle annual maintenance and replacement costs — all without raising taxes.