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  • Designers of new pretrial bond program get grilled at town hall

    The architects of a program aimed at releasing more defendants before their trials were grilled June 20 about how it would work and if it would really save the county money.

    Mike Jones, manager of the county's criminal justice strategic planning staff, told county residents and several elected officials that the program will increase public safety and court appearances by defendants while safeguarding due process.

  • Firefighter is cited in rollover of pumper truck on Floyd Hill

    The driver of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue pumper truck that rolled down an embankment at 872 Ponderosa Drive on June 9 is facing a citation for driving improperly on a mountain highway.

    Such a citation carries a fine of $15 to $100.

    Fire Chief Garry DeJong said he wasn’t aware of any “improper” driving maneuvers.

    “I have every confidence he was taking the appropriate measures. He was trying to be nice and make room (for the other vehicle), and we had the result that we did,” DeJong said.

  • Open house seeks peace on Apex Trail

    The Colorado Mountain Bike Association is proposing that open space authorities create a new trail paralleling the existing Apex and Enchanted Forest trails so high-speed users can be separated from low-speed users.

    With a dual trail in force, cyclists traveling at downhill speeds would be out of the way of slow-moving pedestrians, equestrians and uphill-traveling cyclists.

  • Open house seeks peace on Apex Trail

    The Colorado Mountain Bike Association is proposing that open space authorities create a new trail paralleling the existing Apex and Enchanted Forest trails so high-speed users can be separated from low-speed users.

    With a dual trail in force, cyclists traveling at downhill speeds would be out of the way of slow-moving pedestrians, equestrians and uphill-traveling cyclists.

  • Open Space re-examines rules of the trail

    Open Space authorities are taking another look at yielding rules among bikers, hikers and horseback riders after complaints about safety and conflicts on Jeffco trails reached a peak in 2008.

    Yielding rules govern the behavior of trail users when they approach one another on a trail. Some bike riders have argued the rules are outdated and enforcement is too strict.

    A memo published by the Jeffco Open Space Department says there was a large increase in citations written to mountain bikers in 2008 for “failing to yield properly.”

  • More land sought for open space near Reynolds Park

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee gave the go-ahead to staff to pursue the possible purchase of 42 acres along Foxton Road on the south end of Reynolds Park adjacent to Denver Water Board land.

    The property currently is family held in the Willard Kent Faller Trust.

    Reynolds Park is 5.5 miles south of U.S. 285 on Foxton Road near Conifer. Hikers, campers and equestrian uses are allowed, but bikes are forbidden.

  • Open Space re-examines rules of the trail

    Open Space authorities are taking another look at yielding rules among bikers, hikers and horseback riders after complaints about safety and conflicts on Jeffco trails reached a peak in 2008.

    Yielding rules govern the behavior of trail users when they approach one another on a trail. Some bike riders have argued the rules are outdated and enforcement is too strict.

    A memo published by the Jeffco Open Space Department says there was a large increase in citations written to mountain bikers in 2008 for “failing to yield properly.”

  • Small-town rodeo features big-league bull riding

    Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Friday night when the Professional Bull Riders Enterprise Rent-A-Car tour comes to El Pinal Rodeo Grounds in Evergreen for the first time.

    About 30 bull riders are expected to turn out for the contest, which features 30 top-notch animals from Cervi Ranch. Riders will be competing for $8,000 in prize money and trying to earn points for the bull-riding finals in Las Vegas. About 3,500 people are expected to attend the 2009 Evergreen Rodeo over the weekend, which features rodeo events over three days.

  • School district makes cuts to balance 2009-10 budget

    Under the budget approved for 2009-10, Jeffco Public Schools will be losing 50 elementary teachers, 12 bus drivers, 9.5 middle school teachers and 13 custodians.

    In addition, the stars will go dark at the planetarium, and there will be a reduction in startup costs for Warren Tech North. However, no schools are targeted for closing.

  • Jeffco commissioner wants tobacco-free county facilities

    If Faye Griffin had her way, there would be no tobacco use at the county's main administrative building and courthouse in Golden, and possibly in other county facilities.

    "This is for the health of our employees," said Griffin, a first-term county commissioner who said a tobacco-free government campus is a goal she'll pursue. "It's not to be mean. It's just because we care about the employees."

    Griffin is in the very early stages of trying to convert the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building in Golden to a tobacco-free area.