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  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • Forest Service adds 900 acres to Beaver Brook Watershed

    After recently signing a deal for 900 acres previously owned by Clear Creek Open Space, the Forest Service controls 4,000 acres from Mount Evans Wilderness to Noble and Elk meadows, about 4 miles west of Highway 74 on Highway 103. The property begins at the old Squaw Pass gate.

    Clear Creek Open Space obtained 1,442 acres in April 2005 with a $5.2 million lottery bridge loan from Great Outdoors Colorado. But all along the idea was to turn the land over to the U.S. Forest Service for ownership and preservation.

  • Denver man dies in fall near Maxwell Falls

    The man who died Wednesday near Maxwell Falls has been identified as Gregory Woodman, 48, of Denver. Woodman was with an unidentified companion when he died.

    Woodman was wearing a climbing harness when he fell about 50 feet off a cliff, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the upper trailhead to Maxwell Falls, about 8 miles southwest of Evergreen on Brook Forest Road.

  • Short-term rentals run afoul of regulation

    For example, Keith and Rebecca Briggs own five houses in the Evergreen area and rent them short-term to vacationers and wedding guests. The business is labor intensive, not very lucrative and also violates existing zoning regulations in Jefferson County. But they are far from alone.

    Like the Briggses, dozens of homeowners from Upper Bear Creek to Conifer are part of a growing underground hospitality industry in which individual owners are renting out their houses on a short-term basis for profit.

  • Hiwan covenant war reaches uneasy truce

    While recent court rulings have effectively ended open hostilities in the bitter covenant dispute that has raged across Hiwan Country Club for the better part of two years, they've done little to reconcile competing theories of proper neighborhood management, and even less to mend a whole bunch of badly broken fences.

  • Event Sept. 26 will take hard-to-recycle items

    Two sites in El Rancho Town Center will be accepting drop-offs of household hazardous wastes and hard-to-recycle items on Sept. 26.

    The two sites, Evergreen Country Day School and Walmart, will accept the drop-offs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the designated day, said Mereth Meade, a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club’s Project Earth Committee, which is sponsoring the recycling event.

    This is Evergreen Rotary’s second annual all-inclusive event that collects hard-to-dispose-of items on the same day.

  • Denver man dies in fall near Maxwell Falls

    The man who died Wednesday near Maxwell Falls has been identified as Gregory Woodman, 48, of Denver. Woodman was with an unidentified companion when he died.

    Woodman was wearing a climbing harness when he fell about 50 feet off a cliff, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the upper trailhead to Maxwell Falls, about 8 miles southwest of Evergreen on Brook Forest Road.

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • A lucky strike: Evergreen man survives lightning strike during hike on Quandary Peak

    It was a freak lightning strike that involved no thunder, rain or warning, except for some dark clouds. It was a cold day in the 30s, and snow began falling on the 14,000-foot peak after noon. Others in the vicinity said there was a single, terrifying bolt of lightning.

    “I was the only person there who wasn’t traumatized by the events. I couldn’t remember anything,” said T.J. Carroll, an oil and gas attorney with Kinder Morgan in Lakewood. “Everybody else was totally freaked out.”

  • Park maintenance facility must be built in stages

    A couple of unheated steel shipping containers connected by a makeshift roof will have to serve as the park district’s vehicle repair shop and storage facility for at least one more winter.

    Plans to build a new park maintenance facility had to be put on hold last month after the construction costs for the bare-bones plan turned out to be substantially higher than first estimated.