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  • Upper Bear spec home part of luxury tour

    A luxury timber-and-rock mountain home furnished by Evergreen designer Kay LaMontagne and built by Conifer custom-home builder Landmark Traditions is one of 27 luxury homes on the 2009 Denver Luxury Home Tour from June 5 to July 5.

    LaMontagne’s challenge was to fill the home with just the right amount of furniture.

  • The digital dark ages

    After 20 years of soaking up flawless free TV thanks to a rooftop antenna and line-of-sight to his house in Brook Forest Estates, Bill Bergan is understandably alarmed to watch his four screens fading slowly as television goes digital.

    For Bergan, the advent of so-called cutting-edge digital TV on the Front Range means a giant step backward. His four television sets could become useless furniture by June 12 unless he forks over $75 a month for Dish Network.

  • Chemical allergies force woman to live like homeless person

    After being forced out of her bug-sprayed house in Santa Fe, a woman has found her way back to Evergreen in a desperate quest to find a safe place to live.

    The woman, Julie Tambourine, is suing an exterminating company for spraying her house in New Mexico with pesticide in 2006 by mistake, after she had already lost her job as a flight attendant due to chemical exposure on international flights.

  • Lab mix attacks woman on Hiwan Drive

    A tan and white Labrador mix bit a Hiwan Hills woman five times on the backs of her legs and charged a couple of deputies before authorities could capture the dog and remove him from the scene.

    The woman was walking on the street by a home at 2957 Hiwan Drive about 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, when the dog attacked her, according to a Jefferson County deputy’s report.

    The injured woman told the Canyon Courier on May 26 she was recovering from her wounds and she expected to obtain some restitution for her medical bills.

  • Man has close encounter with coyotes

    A man walking in Alderfer-Three Sisters Park on May 13 was stunned to see a coyote attempt to lure his two dogs into what he thought was a three-against-two ambush.

    Sighting coyotes working in packs in the mountains is extremely unusual, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Wildlife. Mostly they are solitary creatures, Churchill said.

    In the last six months, five people in the Denver area have reported being bitten by coyotes.

  • Passing the buck: Cervi Ranch has provided generations of gyrating beasts for the Evergreen Rodeo

    Sparse patches of brush and dry grass dot the nearly featureless horizon of Sterling, where a hint of the Old West remains untainted from decades of development and technological progression. It may not seem like the ideal place to find a modern, world-class athlete, but rodeo man Binion Cervi would disagree.

  • Jeffco teachers union at an impasse with district over pay

    The union representing Jeffco Public Schools' teachers has voted to declare an impasse in negotiations with the district over pay increases.

    "The major sticking point in the negotiations is the fact that while our workload has continued to increase, the district is not willing to add a cost-of-living adjustment to the salary schedule," JCEA president Kerrie Dallman said in a May 19 interview. "They prefer instead to give a one-time stipend."

  • LARASA helping Latinos apply for food stamps in Jeffco

    A Denver-based Latino advocacy organization is helping Latino residents apply for food stamps in Jefferson County, and the county says the project has been a huge help.

    The Latin American Research and Service Agency recently was awarded a federal grant to help low-income Latino households apply for food stamps in Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder and Denver counties.

    The nonprofit group initially planned to use the money to encourage more Latinos to apply for benefits but after meeting with county officials, it became clear the mission had to change.

  • County awarded $213,000 in suit over investments

    A district judge awarded Jefferson County more than $213,000 after ruling that investments made by former treasurer Mark Paschall were unlawful.

    The county sued Ohio-based Capital Securities of America Inc. in 2007 after two of its brokers sold then-Treasurer Mark Paschall four collateralized mortgage obligations worth more than $114 million.

  • Jeffco teachers union at an impasse with district over pay

    The union representing Jeffco Public Schools' teachers has voted to declare an impasse in negotiations with the district over pay increases.

    However, both sides say they want to resolve the pay issues so the teachers have a contract and are willing to go to a state negotiator if necessary.