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  • Egg Hunt winner

    Joan Ridgely of Golden was the winner of Evergreen Newspapers’ Easter Egg Hunt this year. Ridgely said she used the library to research clues and found that Eden Park was the former name for Dedisse Park, where she searched for and discovered the egg on Easter morning.

     

  • Rookie riders take on mechanical bull

    Six hometown “celebrities” faced the fear of public humiliation and physical impairment to try their luck at riding a mechanical bull on the opening night of the 2009 Evergreen Rodeo on June 19.

    Their combined efforts generated about $6,000 for the rodeo association coffers. It was a fitting attempt to warm up the crowd before the evening’s main event, the Evergreen debut of Professional Bull Riders tour.

  • Jeffco school board president resigns, cites personal reasons

    Scott Benefield, president of the Jeffco school board, is resigning effective June 30.

    "I'm resigning for personal reasons," Benefield said in a June 20 interview. "There's things going on in my family, and with the board work, it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed my time working on the school board and feel we've made a lot of progress and done a lot of good things."

    Benefield was elected to the school board in 2005, representing the northern parts of the county, including portions of Arvada, Standley Lake and Westminster.

  • Congrove legal fees still being paid by the county

    Jefferson County taxpayers continue to fund former county commissioner Jim Congrove's legal bills, even though he hasn't worked for the county in nearly six months.

  • Democratic challengers in CD6 race face tough time raising dough

    Although nearly 18 months remain in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat, an early look shows that the two Democratic challengers are facing hurdles when it comes to fund-raising.

    "It's been slow," says John Flerlage, one of two Democrats running to oust Rep. Mike Coffman from his congressional perch in November 2010. Flerlage, a South Jeffco Democrat, says his fund-raising has been difficult because of the economy.

  • Designers of new pretrial bond program get grilled at town hall

    The architects of a program aimed at releasing more defendants before their trials were grilled June 20 about how it would work and if it would really save the county money.

    Mike Jones, manager of the county's criminal justice strategic planning staff, told county residents and several elected officials that the program will increase public safety and court appearances by defendants while safeguarding due process.

  • Firefighter is cited in rollover of pumper truck on Floyd Hill

    The driver of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue pumper truck that rolled down an embankment at 872 Ponderosa Drive on June 9 is facing a citation for driving improperly on a mountain highway.

    Such a citation carries a fine of $15 to $100.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong said he wasn’t aware of any “improper” driving maneuvers.

    “I have every confidence he was taking the appropriate measures. He was trying to be nice and make room (for the other vehicle), and we had the result that we did,” DeJong said.

  • Open house seeks peace on Apex Trail

    The Colorado Mountain Bike Association is proposing that open space authorities create a new trail paralleling the existing Apex and Enchanted Forest trails so high-speed users can be separated from low-speed users.

    With a dual trail in force, cyclists traveling at downhill speeds would be out of the way of slow-moving pedestrians, equestrians and uphill-traveling cyclists.

  • Open house seeks peace on Apex Trail

    The Colorado Mountain Bike Association is proposing that open space authorities create a new trail paralleling the existing Apex and Enchanted Forest trails so high-speed users can be separated from low-speed users.

    With a dual trail in force, cyclists traveling at downhill speeds would be out of the way of slow-moving pedestrians, equestrians and uphill-traveling cyclists.

  • Open Space re-examines rules of the trail

    Open Space authorities are taking another look at yielding rules among bikers, hikers and horseback riders after complaints about safety and conflicts on Jeffco trails reached a peak in 2008.

    Yielding rules govern the behavior of trail users when they approach one another on a trail. Some bike riders have argued the rules are outdated and enforcement is too strict.

    A memo published by the Jeffco Open Space Department says there was a large increase in citations written to mountain bikers in 2008 for “failing to yield properly.”