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  • County eases fire restrictions

    The fire ban in unincorporated Jefferson County was lifted as of Thursday, Oct. 14, and new stage 1 temporary fire restrictions have been issued for all areas, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. The fire danger condition continues to be high within the county.

    Under the restrictions, campfires are allowed in charcoal fire grates in a developed park or campgrounds, but smoking in most places except a car or building continues to be prohibited.

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  • Library board appointments held up by commissioners

    An increasingly tense relationship between the Jeffco commissioners and the library board apparently has resulted in the re-appointments of three library board positions being held up by the commissioners.

  • Policy muzzles school board members

    All but one Jeffco school board member is barred from speaking to the press about issues related to the board’s activities, a board member recently informed the Courier.

    Under a policy adopted in 2000, only the Board of Education president, currently former Jeffco district attorney Dave Thomas, is allowed to respond to press queries on all topics not exclusive to a single board member.

  • ‘Magical’ Evergreen woman turns 100

    In Evergreen, there is a woman who can make even a professional person cry.

    She means that much.

    “She’s magical,” Angela Chaverri, the life-enhancement director at Elk Run Assisted Living, said as a tear rolled down her face.

    The woman she was referring to, Florence Oeste, was the first person to move into Elk Run when it opened in 2002. Oeste turned 100 years old on Saturday, Oct. 9. The occasion caused much celebration at several parties and a gala dinner that involved residents and relatives.

  • Ugandan kids receive books from Evergreen residents

    The 16,000 books donated last year by Evergreen area residents to the Give a Ugandan Kid a Book drive have been delivered to Uganda and are getting plenty of use.

    For Evergreen resident Maria Camp, it was a long road to get those books to Uganda. The books were collected last fall with the help of many groups, including Evergreen Rotary, area churches and schools. Rotarians got together on a cold November day to pack the boxes and prepare them for shipping. The books were shipped in March, arrived in June and made it through customs in July.

  • Park board to meet Oct. 26 at fire building

     The next regular meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building, 1802 Bergen Parkway. The new location was named because the usual meeting places had been reserved for other events.

  • Districts face money worries if amendments pass

     What will special-district taxpayers get if they pass Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, one of the most sweeping packages of tax-cutting proposals since the Taxpayers Bill of Rights Amendment passed in 1992?

    For the average homeowner in a $300,000 house, property taxes will go down by $376 under Amendment 60, or $1,360 a year if all three pass, according to the state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly dated Sept.10.

  • Voters turn out in force to view election choices

    A standing-room-only crowd of about 250 jammed into the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 5 to get an earful from 11 candidates, or their substitutes, competing to be the area's future elected officials when Election Day arrives Nov. 2.

    The lineup included two of three candidates for governor and two candidates each for U.S. House of Representatives, the Colorado Senate and Jefferson County commissioner.

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