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  • Baskets full of joy delivered to those in need

    You can tell by the smiles on their faces that delivering big boxes full of food is fun for everybody, including the seniors, the volunteers and the eighth-graders from the Rocky Mountain Academy charter school who served as delivery girls and boys.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 10, volunteers finally got the opportunity to distribute around Evergreen the baskets full of good cheer that they had been collecting since Halloween.

  • Survey, conditions at issue in trial over Wah Keeney development

    The property dispute between a developer who wants to build housing units on 90 small lots on the east end of Wah Keeney Park in Evergreen landed in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 11 after settlement discussions failed to produce an agreement.

    At the last minute, the trial was assigned to Judge Stephen M. Munsinger, instead of Tamara Russell, who originally was set to preside over the two-day trial.

  • Jeffco commission OKs $387 million budget

    The Jeffco commissioners have adopted a 2009 budget that is nearly $8 million smaller than the one proposed at the end of November, mainly due to uncertainty about election equipment.

    The commissioners on Dec. 9 approved a budget of $387 million for Jefferson County in 2009, down from the $394.9 million budget that staffers presented at the end of November. Although the commissioners added $6.5 million in spending, they cut $14.4 million that staffers had recommended for new election equipment.

  • Storey seeks 9 percent raise in 2009

    Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey is asking for $162,000 in salary in 2009, a pay raise of more than 9 percent.

    Most county workers have been getting raises in the 3 percent range.

    Storey, who was re-elected in November, earned $148,256 in 2008, the second highest for a DA in a five-county comparison that Storey provided the Jefferson County commissioners on Dec. 9. According to Storey, the other four counties' district attorneys are each asking for an average salary increase of 12.7 percent.

  • Skate the Lake and Plunge set for New Year’s

    The old year swiftly skates away, and temperatures are dropping. Why should you be any different? In these parts, Skate the Lake and the Evergreen Lake Plunge are favorite winter traditions old and new, so lace up, grease up, hurry up, and reserve a happy piece of the White Season while supplies last.

  • Clarification: Show will go on at Skate the Lake

    The Courier incorrectly suggested that this year's Skate the Lake festivities will depend on the ice thickness on Evergreen Lake. Actually, the full-fledged festival will commence as scheduled even if the lake doesn't support a skate.

  • Holiday Walk warms hearts: 17th annual event brings merry sounds, sights

    A balmy evening couldn’t melt the Christmas spirit in downtown Evergreen at the 17th annual Holiday Walk, where merchants were merry and visitors reveled in the small-town spirit.

    Sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, the event was the perfect chance to get out of the house for a couple of hours and get in the holiday spirit.

  • Sheriff working with bars, liquor stores on enforcement

    Earlier this year, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office conducted sting operations at 51 liquor stores and bars. Cadets under age 21 with either fake IDs or no IDs were able to buy liquor at 28 of the 51 establishments. That 55-percent failure rate was not acceptable to Capt. Daniel Gard and other sheriff's office staff.

  • Group files appeal in Mount Morrison tower case

    The group fighting the construction of a horizontal TV tower on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks Amphitheatre has filed a last-minute appeal to the state Court of Appeals. But the move is not likely to halt construction plans in the meantime.

    The filing follows an Oct. 7 district court ruling that the Jefferson County commissioners had followed the proper process in approving the tower proposal.

  • Wah Keeney Park builder clearing land

    Residents of Wah Keeney Park are up in arms for the second time since 2006 about the same developer’s preliminary building activities on the 92 small lots he owns on the ridge above Troublesome Creek.

    This time it’s about the construction of a temporary road and the related felling of hundreds of trees in September at the end of Larkspur Road on the far eastern fringe of Wah Keeney Park.

    The developer, Tim Barbachano of Ridge Creek Development LLC of Lone Tree, is also embroiled in a lawsuit with neighbors Mike and Roseanne Paslay on nearby Larkspur Drive.