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  • ‘Sloppy’ accounting leaves Jeffco short of Head Start funds

    A fund that Jefferson County taps to meet its matching requirement for Head Start preschool services apparently is not large enough to cover the county’s obligations for this fiscal year.

    County staff determined last November that the social services fund will run dry before December, leaving the county $650,000 short for Head Start — and in violation of federal law.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."

  • Commission votes to increase developer fees

    Developers planning projects in Jefferson County will see their costs rise July 1, but county taxpayers will still pony up most of the cost of processing projects.

    Starting July 1, the plan will allow Tim Carl, the county's development and transportation director, to incrementally raise fees over the next five years to the point where his office recovers 25 percent of what it actually costs the county to process development projects.

  • Park district lays groundwork for new garage in Buchanan Park

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has submitted a preliminary application to build an equipment storage barn in Buchanan Park as part of a previously budgeted capital improvement program.

    Last year the district board budgeted $150,000 for a large building for vehicle storage, vehicle repair and park operations offices.

    The district was able to obtain a grant for $60,000. The rest will be paid for out of the reserve fund, said executive director John Skeel.

  • Grants available for fitness passes, classes

    An independent foundation is making scholarship money available for people in need to pay for recreation passes, fitness classes and children’s day camp, beginning with the summer season.

    Application forms, the summer class schedule and the summer day camps guide is available at www.evergreenrecreation.com. At the bottom of the home page, click on “choose form” for Foundation Scholarship Program Request.

  • Firm selected for community center feasibility study

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected a California company with offices in Denver to produce a market analysis and feasibility study for a combination community/arts center, at a cost of $36,120.

    Economic and Planning Systems Inc. of Denver was chosen from seven candidates that submitted bids for the job of identifying the costs associated with the construction and operation of the proposed center in Buchanan Park.

  • 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.