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Local News

  • Local couple’s insurance firm not licensed

    After a number of complaints about unpaid claims, the Colorado Division of Insurance has issued a cease-and-desist order against a travel insurance company, Prime Travel Protection Services, owned by an Evergreen couple, Christine and Jerry Watson.

  • New-energy candidates powerless in IREA election

    Challengers for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association — who called for more openness and a willingness to embrace alternative energy sources — were soundly defeated in last week’s elections.

    The three challengers all were endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    • In District 7, incumbent George Hier received 3,899 votes, to 1,862 for Charles Bucknam.

  • Power mostly restored

    Electrical power was largely restored in Evergreen by Wednesday in the wake of last weekend's massive snowstorm.

    Technicians were forced to go home and get their snowshoes to reach some of the problem areas, an Xcel spokesman said Tuesday. Many residents were without power for at least three days, but most of the power was restored by Monday night.

    The huge, wet spring snowstorm dumped from 3 to 4 feet of snow on the mountains of Jefferson County over the weekend and closed Interstate 70 from Golden to East Vail from Friday afternoon to Saturday.

  • Controlled burn in progress at Mount Falcon

    Seeing smoke around Mount Falcon Park today?

    Don’t panic. Jefferson County Open Space natural resource crews are taking advantage of the snow-covered park to burn slash piles.

    “It was an opportunity to burn the slash piles,” said Thea Rock, spokesperson for Jeffco Open Space. “The snow on the ground contains the fire.”

    Burnings started Monday and ended Wednesday.

    Rock said she didn’t know if any other burns are scheduled at this time.

     

  • Thousands still without power

    About 4,000 people were without power on Monday morning in Evergreen in the wake of the weekend storm, down from a peak of 11,000.

     

    Joe Fuentes, spokesman for Xcel Energy, said the power company deployed about 30 crews from all over the Denver area to help restore power to individual homes on Monday.

     

  • IREA holding pivotal election

    Results should be available this week in pivotal elections for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

    The three challengers all have been endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    In District 5, challenger John Masson is facing off against incumbent Bruff Shea; in District 3, Mike Galvin is challenging Gene Sperry; and in District 7, Charles Bucknam is seeking to unseat George Hier.

  • A day of remembrance

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."

  • County assessor expecting a lot of protests on assessments

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson expects more than 20,000 protests to flood his office when property owners get valuation notices May 1.

    Everson fears Jeffco residents won’t like the disconnect between actual property values now in the weak economy and the valuations based on sales data for June 2008.

    "Every assessor in the state is having the same problem," Everson said in his second-floor office April 16. "People are going to feel there's a disconnect. Most people think in current terms."

  • Gerou makes most of first year in office

    Newly elected state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, has moved three bills through the legislature and onto the governor’s desk so far in the 2009 legislative session. Three others have been passed by the House and were under consideration in the Senate as of April. 10.

    Gerou was elected in November over Democrat Andrew Scripter to represent House District 25, which includes Evergreen and the mountain communities of Jefferson County,

  • Earth Day Fair set for 20th year in Evergreen

    Back on April 22, 1970, the first national Earth Day celebration came into being. It was the brainchild of U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and was supported by many others.

    In 1990, there was a resurgence of environmental interest across the country, and Earth Day saw itself revitalized. One of those sparks ignited here in Evergreen, and a small group formed to create our first mountain area celebration. The initial event was held in the old brick school building where the new library now stands. In 1994, the fair moved to the Lake House, a truly fitting location.