Local News

  • Proposed zoning changes would allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners are mulling revisions to zoning ordinances that could allow short-term vacation rentals of single-family homes.

    County zoning staff presented a draft of changes at a May 10 meeting with the commissioners, who initially rejected the revisions, citing overly complex requirements the resolution would place on applicants.

  • Kids’ Rodeo Stampede focuses on fitness

    Kids: It’s time to get out your running shoes and hoof it over to the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds on May 28 for the Kids’ Rodeo Stampede.

    The Stampede, in its third year, is a family event with a goal to get kids active. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon. From preschoolers to adults, everyone is invited to participate.

  • Sparks fly over whether to close union negotiations

    Aspects of the Jeffco Public Schools budget were contentious, but more animosity was sparked among board members May 5 regarding whether to hold negotiations with employee unions in closed session. Though it failed on April 21 by a vote of 2-2, the issue was again raised at last week’s hearing, and a vote of 4-1 approved the measure.

    The prior vote was invalid, some board members argued, dismissing it on a technicality.

    The measure included a caveat that the Board of Education must direct a negotiating team before a closed session is held.

  • Bugged by litter: Evergreen couple round up a trove of trash in gulley by Safeway

    It's one thing to pick up the trash on your own street, but it's an entirely different level of selfless citizenship to pick up the highway and shopping center debris cluttering a steep ditch next to a public parking lot.

    The ditch is full of rocks, roots and branches, making the footing treacherous, but the litter is attracted to the rock-walled gulley as if it’s a giant Dumpster. The average motorist or passer-by can't really see the extent of the mess.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    And the mountain communities were hit even harder than the county overall by the general residential-housing malaise and price depreciation.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

  • Metro District to replace stretch of 1-inch water main

    The Evergreen Metro District is planning to replace 270 feet of the old 1-inch water main with a 6-inch pipe between 3000 and 3837 Ponderosa Drive this spring.

    The line will be extended 200 additional feet and a fire hydrant installed at the end near the United Methodist Church, 3757 Ponderosa Drive. The two residential properties now on the old line will be provided service through a temporary bypass line while the line is under construction.

  • Construction work slated for auto-sorter at Evergreen Library

    Construction work will begin the week of May 16 to get the Evergreen Library ready for installation of an automated book sorter in June. Library patrons can expect minor changes to the entryway and upgrades to the book drop areas.

    The sorter is scheduled to be installed the week of June 27. The machine will automate the process of accepting returned materials, sorting into categories and updating patron records.

    The Evergreen Library will maintain normal operating hours during the installation. The sorter is expected to be fully operational in July.

  • Park district board to get update on master plan on May 24

    GreenPlay LLC, the company compiling the new park district master plan, will present its initial findings on Tuesday, May 24, as part of the regular monthly board meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. The meeting begins at 6 pm. at Buchanan Recreation Center.

    GreenPlay, hired in December to perform the $50,000 analysis, has completed about 25 percent of the project as of April 11 and is on schedule to provide final results by the end of the summer.

  • Gerou's greener-housing incentive bill passes legislature

    A bill sponsored by state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, encouraging home sellers to update their houses with energy-saving improvements cleared the House and Senate, and the governor is expected to sign it.

    House Bill 1160 would create the Green Building Incentive Pilot Program under the Governor's Energy Office.

  • Foothills Fire completes building under budget

    The Foothills Fire Protection District finished the second stage of its Rainbow Hill building project by saving enough money to vastly expand the concrete apron in front of the vehicle garage from 3,400 to nearly 16,000 square feet.

    The massive pour began the morning May 3 and involved about 20 cement trucks and a dozen laborers at the site next to the RTD Park-n-Ride in El Rancho.