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  • Homeowners file lawsuit to prevent church expansion

    A group of Lookout Mountain residents has filed a lawsuit in hopes of overturning the Jefferson County commissioners' controversial decision to allow an expansion of the Activation Ministries church.

    After failing in its quest to persuade the county commissioners to reject the church's request for a special-use permit, Lookout Mountain Residents United is taking the battle to the next level, namely the courts.

  • Dem newcomer takes on incumbent in House race

    An Evergreen woman with 42 years experience as an education consultant, prominent Western Slope political genes and a strong sense of self-sufficiency has announced a campaign in House District 25 as a Democratic in the traditionally Republican district.

    Although she has never held political office, Lorna Idol isn't daunted in her bid for the seat held by Evergreen Republican Cheri Gerou, who is in her second term and is seeking a third.

  • Park district nears deal on energy upgrades

    Recreation centers typically come with high-dollar energy bills, with all that swimming-pool water to heat, among other things, but there are ways to help reduce those costs.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is getting closer to signing an energy-performance contract with McKinstry of Golden to install a package of devices and upgrades in all of its buildings for $845,000. A large chunk of that would go to replacing the heating and air-conditioning system at Wulf Rec Center.

  • Metro District plans busy summer of construction

    Crews will be busy around Evergreen this summer with a number of projects involving digging up streets and replacing sewer mains.

    The Evergreen Metro District has four major construction projects on the agenda, including one to install two 15,000-gallon concrete tanks in the rodeo grounds area at El Pinal.

    EMD is the area's biggest water provider, serving 4,361 customers in the Evergreen area.

    Following are the projects planned this summer:

     

  • Doyle seeks four more years on park district board

     As far as Janet Heck Doyle is concerned, her work as a member of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board is only partly finished, which explains why she has decided to run for a second four-year term.

    A former corporate lawyer with experience as a company CEO, Doyle can be counted on to wrangle with the details while keeping an eye on the big picture.

  • Forest Service imposes fire restrictions

    Due to the lack of precipitation in March and the unusually warm and dry conditions for this time of year, the U.S. Forest Service has initiated stage 1 fire restrictions in the Boulder, Canyon Lakes and Clear Creek Ranger districts in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

    The restrictions are in place until rescinded. Visitors may build and maintain a campfire only in a developed recreation site or in campgrounds where fees are charged.

  • Neighbors renew fight against Lookout Mountain church expansion

    Two homeowner associations and 29 individual plaintiffs filed an appeal on Monday, April 9, in connection with the Jefferson County commissioners' decision to allow a controversial expansion of Activation Ministries' church on Lookout Mountain Road.

    The lawsuit claims the 2-1 vote in favor of the church on Feb. 28  was invalid on a number of grounds, including that the application should have been processed as a rezoning and not a special-use request.

  • Poll gauges views on Open Space parks

    The most visited of the 25 parks in the Jeffco Open Space system are Crown Hill Park in unincorporated Jeffco between Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and Lair o’ the Bear Park on Bear Creek.

    For those seeking peace, quiet and solitude, it might be interesting to know the least frequently visited open space areas are Pine Valley Ranch, Windy Saddle and Centennial Cone parks.

    Children are most likely to be visiting Lair o’ the Bear, Deer Creek Canyon and Apex parks.

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  • Kittredge bridge repairs set for summer

    Bridge repairs are in the works this summer for the Myers Gulch Road bridge over Bear Creek at Kittredge. Built in 1963, the span is due for an upgrade.

    The new bridge will be 37 feet wide instead of 32 feet. It will have a new concrete deck, and guardrails will be installed on the sides.

    The bridge is expected to be closed occasionally during the day during construction, but there will be an alternate route through the neighborhood at Welch Avenue and Avenue F.