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Local News

  • Voter registration deadline is Monday

    The deadline to register to vote in the 2009 coordinated mail-ballot election in Jefferson County is Monday, Oct. 5.

    Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    This election is being conducted by Jefferson County as an all-mail ballot election. Ballots will automatically be sent to eligible voters between Oct. 13 and 16. 

    Voters registering after Oct. 5 will be registered to vote but will not be eligible to vote in the November election. 

  • Beloved area painter Juli Bermann dies at 96

    Painter Julia C. Bermann, 96, a well-known member of the Evergreen arts community, died Sept. 16 at her daughter’s home in Evergreen.

    Born April 24, 1913, in New York City, Bermann was an artist for most of her life. She attended art school in New York and worked as an illustrator, designer, teacher and painter. Her paintings are in art collections throughout the U.S.

    In a profile in the Canyon Courier, she was asked for her advice to other artists.

  • Mom, daughter will light the night for cancer research

    When the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk illuminates Denver's Washington Park on Thursday evening, Oct. 1, longtime Evergreen residents Mary and Cassidy Brewer hope to make that gala promenade in the company of neighbors.

    "It would be great if the mountain area had a good representation," says Mary, who's been busy assembling a team since August. "Blood cancers are major killers, right up there with breast and prostate cancer, but they don't seem to get as much attention. I don't think most people know all very much about them."

  • West Jeff Middle School students return after evacuation

    Students returned to West Jefferson Middle School at midmorning Wednesday after the school was evacuated when a teacher found a suspicious package in the school. The box turned out to be full of garden tools.

    School district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer said the 583 students at West Jeff were taken to Conifer High School after the package was discovered about 6:30 a.m. The evacuation occurred about 8 a.m.

    Setzer said the Jefferson County sheriff's bomb squad reported to the school and determined the package was not hazardous. Students then were bused back to the school.

  • Elk injures woman in Evergreen

    An Evergreen woman suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in an encounter with an elk about 11 a.m. Sept. 22 on South San Souci Drive, near Dedisse Park and Troutdale Scenic Drive, about a mile from downtown Evergreen.

    A neighbor who talked to the woman’s husband said she was heading back to her car after retrieving a small dog. She didn’t see the elk before it attacked her and knocked her to the ground.

    A herd of about 17 elk was in the woman’s yard at the time, said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

  • Mount Evans Highway closes

    The Mount Evans Highway is officially closed for the season.

    The road to the 14,264-foot summit, Colorado 5, is billed as North America's highest paved highway, state officials announced Sept 23. The road was closed after two days of intermittent snow.

     

  • H1N1 flu cancels little league football games

    Officials from the Jeffco Midget Football Association will meet this week to decide how to handle a local outbreak of H1N1 flu that has already forced cancellation of several games.

    Rebecca Schloegl, office manager of the South Jeffco Sports Association and past president of the JMFA, said several games have been canceled because team members have confirmed cases of H1N1 flu " and more cancellations could be coming.

  • Take the eTrain: County’s new mobile training center designed to help jobless residents

    The Jeffco Public Library and the county's Workforce Center are taking their campaign for computer literacy on the road. Literally.

    The county last week unveiled the eTrain Mobile Training Lab, a converted bookmobile that boasts eight computer stations with access to the Internet. The vehicle's driver also serves as a trainer, and will lead classes in Internet skills and career-building for clients of nonprofits and for small businesses around Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties.

  • Apex proposals put brakes on bikes

    The new proposed management plan for Apex Park on Lookout Mountain gives mountain-bike riders access to all trails, while restricting certain uphill segments to one-way bike travel only.

    Instead of traveling from top to bottom conveniently nonstop, cyclists would navigate a series of switchbacks going uphill for 0.7 miles, before taking the rest of the downhill.

    Under the plan, pedestrians would be somewhat less vulnerable to bikes coming downhill.

  • Soaring need puts EChO in expansion mode

    With the local economy in a tailspin, the staff at Evergreen Christian Outreach food and clothing bank is feeling the stress.

    As the holiday season approaches, EChO is sending out an SOS for more volunteers, groceries, bedding and shoes, among other things. The center at 27640 Highway 74 is also expanding physically to accommodate the crowds.