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  • There’s a new deputy in town

    When it comes to law-enforcement philosophy, Del Kleinschmidt prefers talking to physical confrontation. "I would rather spend 30 minutes talking to someone than 10 minutes of rolling around on the ground," Kleinschmidt says.

    Kleinschmidt is the new captain of the Mountain Precinct of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. He is based in Evergreen at 4990 Highway 73, next to the Evergreen Public Library.

    Kleinschmidt takes the place of Capt. Rob Baker, who retired. Deputy Dale Wizieck is the crime prevention specialist based in Evergreen.

  • Nature center hires new director

    "To me, this is kind of a dream job. It's half-time, but there's a lot of room for growth," said Vanessa Hayes, 30, the new executive director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which is housed in the old warming hut on Evergreen Lake from April through October.

    Hayes joins the Nature Center following the resignation of Aly Duffy, who held the job for one season. Duffy found a permanent job with the WILD Foundation in Boulder. Hayes is the third executive director since the Nature Center was created in 2008 with Michael Stills at the helm.

  • Polis meets with possible future constituents

    Jared Polis, the Democratic U.S. congressman from Boulder, came to Evergreen on Jan. 21 to meet what he hopes will be his future constituents in Jefferson County as a result of redistricting.

    Sponsored by the Mountain Area Democrats, the Saturday meeting at the United Methodist Church attracted a packed room of about 75 people.

    "I am not your congressman yet," Polis warned the enthusiastic crowd. "You still have to hassle Mike Coffman on every vote until next January." Polis will stand for re-election to the seat this year.

  • Polis meets with possible future constituents

    Jared Polis, the Democratic U.S. congressman from Boulder, came to Evergreen on Jan. 21 to meet what he hopes will be his future constituents in Jefferson County as a result of redistricting.

    Sponsored by the Mountain Area Democrats, the Saturday meeting at the United Methodist Church attracted a packed room of about 75 people.

    "I am not your congressman yet," Polis warned the enthusiastic crowd. "You still have to hassle Mike Coffman on every vote until next January." Polis will stand for re-election to the seat this year.

  • Motorists escape injury in head-on collision

    No one was hurt in a head-on collision involving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and a 2005 Chevy Impala on Highway 74 east of Meadow Drive about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

    The road was closed in both directions from 3:49 p.m. to 4:23 p.m., while the two cars were untangled.

    The driver of the Chevy, Clifton Funches, 19, of Evergreen was traveling east on Highway 74 when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and hit the Hyundai, driven by Zach Yearout, 16, of Golden, according to Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Church concessions face chilly reception

     A Lookout Mountain church with a congregation of about 300 has downsized its controversial expansion plans from a maximum of 46,000 square feet gross floor area to 30,000 square feet.

    But the church continues to face vehement opposition from the surrounding neighborhood and its umbrella homeowner association, Canyon Area Residents for the Environment. CARE objects to a 660-person meeting hall, the impact on Sunday traffic, noise, and possible effects on fire safety and ambulance rescue.

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  • Former county commissioner Congrove dies

    Former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove, a sometimes-controversial Republican who served a single term in the county, died Jan. 10 due to heart failure.

    Congrove, a former police officer who served terms in the state House and Senate prior to election as a commissioner in 2004, opted not to run for re-election in 2008. During his time as a commissioner, Congrove was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners and chairman of the law enforcement authority board.

  • Park district wins $150,000 to spruce up Wulf Park

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was awarded a $150,000 grant from by the Jefferson County Open Space Division to renovate and replace the playground at the Wulf Recreation Center.

    The money goes to supplement a proposed $400,000 improvement project, encompassing basketball, skateboarding and tennis at Wulf Park.

    The grants still have to be approved by the county commissioners.

  • Family fun center may replace Bergen 7 Theaters

    A group of local investors has purchased the former AMC movie theater complex at 1204 Bergen Parkway and plans to expand and remodel it into a family fun center, including bowling alleys, an arcade, billiards and a sports bar.

    A new funplex could give an economic boost to the businesses in the nearby Bergen Village Shopping Center, which now has the large empty movie theater building at its gateway.