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  • Phish concert-goers subdued during weekend concerts

    The weekend concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre by the rock band Phish were subdued as far as law enforcement was concerned, allaying fears that these concerts would be a repeat of the last time Phish fans flooded the Morrison area.

    “I was the on-call (police spokeswoman) over the weekend, and I wasn’t advised of anything major happening,” said Detective Sharon Avendano of the Denver Police Department. Red Rocks and the park’s parking lots are owned and operated by the city of Denver.

  • Commissioners backpedaling on bike restrictions?

    Jefferson County commissioners appear to be rethinking a plan to seek legislation that would allow them to regulate bicycles on county roads.

    After several public meetings about a proposed cycling event through Deer Creek Canyon - and amid a continuing debate about the safety of bikes and cars co-existing on narrow foothills roads - the commissioners had announced they would seek legislative authority to regulate cycling.

  • Commissioners’ e-mail exchange may have violated law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have once again run afoul of the Colorado Open Meetings Law by using e-mail to discuss a common statement regarding the board’s controversial effort to seek authority to regulate bicyclists on county roads.

    The apparent violation comes less than two years after the Courier successfully sued the Board of Commissioners over a violation of the law in July 2007. In a settlement of that lawsuit, the commissioners acknowledged they violated the Open Meetings Law and agreed to follow all of the law’s provisions in the future.

  • County's share of cultural funding drops 16 percent

    Jeffco's share of Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds dropped 16 percent from 2008 to 2009, but the district still awarded more than $820,000 to various organizations and events.

  • Littleton investment banker running for state treasurer

    Littleton investment banker J.J. Ament has thrown his hat into the 2010 race for state treasurer.

    Ament, who is running as a Republican, has spent years in the private banking industry working mostly with governments on major investment projects, and he says taxpayers' dollars can be used and invested more efficiently.

    "I've worked with this treasurer (and) with this governor," Ament said. "And it was frustrating for me to show them the right things to do and have them not do them, and then have to sit there afterward and show them the losses."

  • Kickin’ it: Kids chase down fun at Stingers soccer camp

    It was a beautiful morning in Evergreen on July 27.

    The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the mountains and trees were in full view, and the temperature was just right. A perfect recipe for summer fun.

    And have fun they did.

    From 9 to 11 a.m., a group of 20 or so kids between the ages of 6 and 12 gathered at Marshdale Elementary School to partake in the week-long Stingers Soccer Skills Camp. The youngsters ran through a bevy of drills that were all designed to not only teach the kids new skills but to get them outside and enjoying life.

  • Evergreen Town Race set for Aug. 2

    The 31st annual Evergreen Town Race, slated for Aug. 2, features a 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run. The courses wind gradually down Upper Bear Creek Road, and the finish is at the Lake House. The theme of this year’s race is “Finishing is Winning.”

    It is one of the most scenic races in Colorado, and the fastest 5K time ever recorded in the state was on this course.

  • Commissioners backpedaling on bike restrictions?

    After several public meetings about a proposed cycling event through Deer Creek Canyon — and amid a continuing debate about the safety of bikes and cars co-existing on narrow foothills roads — the commissioners had announced they would seek legislative authority to regulate cycling.

    But an uproar from the cycling community, including outraged missives from cyclists all over the world, has apparently led the commissioners to take a step back.

  • EHS old-timers reminisce at reunion

    Imagine Evergreen in 1943. It’s graduation time at Evergreen High School, and six students proudly accept their diplomas.

    The majority of the class of 1943 attended the annual Evergreen High School old-timers reunion Saturday at Evergreen Lutheran Church. More than 100 graduates spanning the 1930s to the 1970s were on hand to talk about the old times, to catch up on new developments in their lives, and to spend a pleasant afternoon together.

  • $2.5 million worth of marijuana plants seized in Pike National Forest

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the West Metro Drug Task Force seized more than 5,100 marijuana plants weighing nearly 2,000 pounds from land near Sugarloaf Mountain on July 9.

    The plants have an estimated street value of $2.5 million.

    The large grow area had a sophisticated irrigation system using water from a nearby stream, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

    "This looked like a very sophisticated operation," Kelley said.

    Sugarloaf Mountain is in the Pike National Forest near Cheesman Reservoir.