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  • A day of remembrance

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."

  • County assessor expecting a lot of protests on assessments

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson expects more than 20,000 protests to flood his office when property owners get valuation notices May 1.

    Everson fears Jeffco residents won’t like the disconnect between actual property values now in the weak economy and the valuations based on sales data for June 2008.

    "Every assessor in the state is having the same problem," Everson said in his second-floor office April 16. "People are going to feel there's a disconnect. Most people think in current terms."

  • Gerou makes most of first year in office

    Newly elected state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, has moved three bills through the legislature and onto the governor’s desk so far in the 2009 legislative session. Three others have been passed by the House and were under consideration in the Senate as of April. 10.

    Gerou was elected in November over Democrat Andrew Scripter to represent House District 25, which includes Evergreen and the mountain communities of Jefferson County,

  • Earth Day Fair set for 20th year in Evergreen

    Back on April 22, 1970, the first national Earth Day celebration came into being. It was the brainchild of U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and was supported by many others.

    In 1990, there was a resurgence of environmental interest across the country, and Earth Day saw itself revitalized. One of those sparks ignited here in Evergreen, and a small group formed to create our first mountain area celebration. The initial event was held in the old brick school building where the new library now stands. In 1994, the fair moved to the Lake House, a truly fitting location.

  • Trees tie community together over time

    Editor's note: On Saturday, April 18, Evergreen will host its 20th Earth Day is celebration. In commemoration, Earth Day organizers have designated Spalding Trees as Green Business of the Year.

    Spalding Trees has been planting trees in the Evergreen area since 1988. Using a large tree spade that plants a 12,000-pound root ball, the company plants trees from 10 to 45 feet tall.

    For more information, call Mary Dickhoff, Earth Day chairwoman, at 674-1918.

  • Deputies will help check census workers

    It's that time of the decade again — the federal government is sending out an army of workers to begin taking the 2010 census.

    Workers will start by conducting an address survey to make sure every address in America is accounted for so surveys can be mailed to those homes in 2010.

    And so, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is trying to head off calls about strange people cruising neighborhoods or trying to get into gated communities.

  • Elected officials conflicted over term limits

    Jefferson County officials appear to have conflicting opinions about District Attorney Scott Storey's bid to extend term limits for his office.

  • Hearing postponed for Evergreen couple

    A judge postponed a status conference for Evergreen residents Ken Berry and Anne Wakeford Berry on Monday after it was revealed that Anne Berry did not qualify for public-defender representation because she is not indigent.

    Bridget Klauber of the state public defender’s office in Golden said Anne Berry is contesting the decision.

    District Judge M.J. Menendez ordered a hearing on Anne Berry’s application for a public defender on April 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County courthouse.

  • Developer implements Plan B for Cragmont Village water

    Developer Ron Lewis is applying for permits to build an approved water treatment plant and storage facility using water diverted from Cub Creek.

    The private utility company will serve up to 100 future homes in the existing Village at Cragmont subdivision.

    The Water Court last year approved the plan to divert water from Cub Creek on grounds the pipeline will not result in material injury of the vested water rights of others.

    “We take it out of the stream and put it into the hill. It creates more groundwater availability,” Lewis said.

  • Golf tourney to benefit Special Needs Program

    The Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament is set to tee off Monday, July 13, at the Hiwan Country Club in Evergreen.

    The lead sponsor is Evergreen Oil Co., and the honorary chairperson is Tony Scheffler, tight end for the Denver Broncos.

    Presented annually by the Park and Rec Special Needs Program and the Mountain Foothills Rotary, the half-day event is the main fund-raiser for the Special Needs Program.