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  • Death takes a holiday: Unincorporated Jeffco seeing longest murder drought since late 1940s

    On July 23, 2007, a Realtor arrived at a home he was selling on Scenic Drive just west of U.S. 285, about halfway between Indian Hills and Aspen Park.

    A body was on the lawn. Robert Alurac, a 41-year-old Lakewood man, had been murdered.

    There hasn’t been a murder since then in unincorporated Jefferson County, a stretch of 590 days as of March 4. That’s the longest Jeffco has gone without a murder since the late 1940s, when there were no murders between November 1948 and February 1951.

  • Bleachers clothing store hits the showers; economy deals fatal blow

    For the last few weeks, customers have been walking into Bleachers Casual Clothing in Bergen Park with tears in their eyes.

    It’s tough to say goodbye to a store that has been in business in virtually the same location for 16 years and where all the customers are like family members.

  • Opposition to Buchanan Park plan dominates meeting

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board spent about three hours Feb. 24 listening to audience criticism of its Feb. 10 decision to go forward with a feasibility study for a combined community center/arts center in Buchanan Park.

    The park board is divided on whether to do a community center feasibility study before conducting a community-wide needs survey and voted 3-2 for the feasibility study to go forward. Both are in the budget for this year.

  • Wireless Opt-In program launches in Jeffco

    If you are out of town and your house is threatened by a wildfire, how would you know? Until now, you probably wouldn’t.

    Emergency authorities have come up with a system that allows individuals the option of registering their cell phones or VoIP Internet phone numbers so they can be notified in case their address is affected by a disaster, emergency or a SWAT call.

  • More of North Evergreen trail to be built

    After a three-year hiatus, construction could begin this year on another portion of the hard-surface NEAT trail in the Bergen Parkway area, made possible by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado State Trails.

    “This project will give us one complete segment of trail from Evergreen Middle School to Broadmoor Drive, and that feels great,” said Liz Cohen, president of the North Evergreen Activity Trail group, which has led the trail construction project for five years.

  • Jeffco government salaries

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 37163.27

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 63776.90

    Elected Official 63203.00

    Elected Official 87300.00

    Elected Official 63203.00

  • Battling robots challenge future engineers

    A group of high school kids has been holed up in the basement of a house in Evergreen working nights and weekends to assemble a working imitation of an unmanned, motorized “lunar explorer.”

    Collectively known as Team Blitz Robotics, the 15 teens hope the explorer will take them to the top of the prestigious Colorado Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 26 at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center at the University of Denver.

  • Jeffco leaders again look to citizens for budget advice

    Jefferson County officials are hoping a panel of county residents can offer fresh ideas on how to grapple with more than $277 million in construction, equipment and maintenance costs through 2013.

  • Coffman lays out agenda as Jeffco's new congressman

    The country's financial malaise has made Wall Street bankers mighty unpopular these days. But coming in a close second are politicians, who are scrambling to address an economic recession that seems to get worse with each news cycle.

    In that vein, it's not hard to guess what freshman Rep. Mike Coffman's focus is right now in Congress.

  • Evergreen resident arrested on securities fraud charges

    Evergreen resident Kenneth G. Berry, 65, has been charged with 11 counts of securities fraud in Colorado in connection with selling shares of stock in a reportedly non-existent company called Biotech Information Systems Inc.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, is listed as a co-defendant in the case.

    Ken Berry is alleged to have illegally obtained money from eight people, each of whom invested about $10,000 between Nov. 17, 2006, and May 15, 2008, according to the complaint filed Feb. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.