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  • More land sought for open space near Reynolds Park

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee gave the go-ahead to staff to pursue the possible purchase of 42 acres along Foxton Road on the south end of Reynolds Park adjacent to Denver Water Board land.

    The property currently is family held in the Willard Kent Faller Trust.

    Reynolds Park is 5.5 miles south of U.S. 285 on Foxton Road near Conifer. Hikers, campers and equestrian uses are allowed, but bikes are forbidden.

  • 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 Some bike riders have argued the rules are outdated and enforcement is too strict.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.”

  • Small-town rodeo features big-league bull riding

    Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday night when the Professional Bull Riders Enterprise Rent-A-Car tour comes to El Pinal Rodeo Grounds in Evergreen for the first time.

    About 30 bull riders are expected to turn out for the contest, which features 30 top-notch animals from Cervi Ranch. Riders will be competing for $8,000 in prize money and trying to earn points for the bull-riding finals in Las Vegas. About 3,500 people are expected to attend the 2009 Evergreen Rodeo over the weekend, which features rodeo events over three days.

  • School district makes cuts to balance 2009-10 budget

    Under the budget approved for 2009-10, Jeffco Public Schools will be losing 50 elementary teachers, 12 bus drivers, 9.5 middle school teachers and 13 custodians.

    In addition, the stars will go dark at the planetarium, and there will be a reduction in startup costs for Warren Tech North. However, no schools are targeted for closing.

  • Jeffco commissioner wants tobacco-free county facilities

    If Faye Griffin had her way, there would be no tobacco use at the county's main administrative building and courthouse in Golden, and possibly in other county facilities.

    "This is for the health of our employees," said Griffin, a first-term county commissioner who said a tobacco-free government campus is a goal she'll pursue. "It's not to be mean. It's just because we care about the employees."

    Griffin is in the very early stages of trying to convert the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building in Golden to a tobacco-free area.

  • Commissioners approve 25 percent hike in development fees

    A plan to increase Jeffco’s development fees is moving forward after a June 9 hearing that highlighted county leaders' different philosophies on who should be paying development-related costs.

  • Advertising correction: Keys on the Green

    Due to production difficulties, an incorrect ad appeared in this week's Canyon Courier for Keys on the Green restaurant. The text of the correct ad should read: Treat Dad to the best dinner in town! Featuring hand-cut steaks, bbq ribs or fresh seafood at Keys on the Green. Remember our Sunday Buffet, 9:00 am 'til 2:00 pm. Keys is at Evergreen Golf Course. Phone: 303-674-4095. On the Web: www.keysonthegreen.com.

  • DUI checkpoint planned this weekend in Evergreen-Conifer area

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is planning to have a DUI checkpoint this weekend in the Evergreen-Conifer area.

    At the checkpoints, deputies stop vehicles and check for signs of drinking and driving.

    With the Evergreen Rodeo in full swing, traffic levels are expected to be above average in the area.

     

  • Fire board goes into exec session for legal advice

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board went into a surprise executive session June 9 to get legal advice from its attorney, Linda Alexander, about a matter having to do with patient care.

    The executive session, closed to the public, lasted from 8:40 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., when the meeting was adjourned. No action was taken during or after the executive session.

  • Squaw Mountain home of highest TV broadcast tower

     

    From its lofty perch on Squaw Mountain, KBDI Channel 12 has the distinction of having the highest TV broadcast tower in North America at 11,200 feet altitude.

    But if you don’t re-scan, you won’t see its signal.

    Colorado Public Television Channel 12 moved Friday, June 12, from UHF channel 38 to the new permanent VHF channel 13. It will still show up on the on-screen program guide as channel 12 under the new nationwide digital TV broadcast conversion that went into effect Friday.