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  • Developer implements Plan B for Cragmont Village water

    Developer Ron Lewis is applying for permits to build an approved water treatment plant and storage facility using water diverted from Cub Creek.

    The private utility company will serve up to 100 future homes in the existing Village at Cragmont subdivision.

    The Water Court last year approved the plan to divert water from Cub Creek on grounds the pipeline will not result in material injury of the vested water rights of others.

    “We take it out of the stream and put it into the hill. It creates more groundwater availability,” Lewis said.

  • Golf tourney to benefit Special Needs Program

    The Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament is set to tee off Monday, July 13, at the Hiwan Country Club in Evergreen.

    The lead sponsor is Evergreen Oil Co., and the honorary chairperson is Tony Scheffler, tight end for the Denver Broncos.

    Presented annually by the Park and Rec Special Needs Program and the Mountain Foothills Rotary, the half-day event is the main fund-raiser for the Special Needs Program.

  • A virtual education: Jeffco schools to offer online degree for high school students

    Jefferson County Public Schools is offering high school students the opportunity to take classes and earn diplomas online, without ever stepping foot in a classroom.

    The 21st Century Virtual Academy is a newly created option school within the district. Enrollment is available to all Colorado residents under age 21 for no charge. Classes are accredited and comply with state standards.

  • Jeffco schools await stimulus funds

    Jeffco Public Schools officials are still waiting for direction on how federal stimulus money will flow to the district nearly two months after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion package into law.

    But Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson says the district will be ready to move on several programs once the money hits the district’s coffers, which may be sooner rather than later.

    Colorado's largest school district has several programs it wants to expand once the estimated $23 million in federal stimulus money shows up.

  • Change in law will allow rainwater collection

    All Jenny Smalling of Evergreen wanted was to plant a vegetable garden on her property to save on produce costs and to help her family become a little more self-sufficient.

    But Smalling couldn’t plant her garden because of restrictions on the family’s well, which stated they could not hook up an exterior hose to water the garden.

  • Ticket prices slashed for Mountain Music Fest

    After a disappointing turnout last year, the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce’s Conifer Mountain Music Festival committee has decided to drop ticket prices for the third annual festival — but won’t skimp on the entertainment value.

    “The event was well-received (last year),” said Randy Fowler, a member of the committee. “But the attendance was down. This year we wanted to reach to and try to bring the event to the community in a cost-effective way but still put on a quality show.”

  • Citizen panel favors borrowing money for county projects

    Jefferson County should borrow $60 million to $65 million for projects such as a $40 million jail expansion and a $6.5 million building to house the health department and the clerk and recorder.

  • Getting Fido dog tired

    Is the dog in your house telling you he’s ready to go on a three-hour hike in the mountains, but you don’t have the time or an outdoorsy nature?

    Before he chews up the couch and coffee table, you could send him to Dog Care Providers of Kittredge, a small business devoted to exercising the tar out of your rambunctious canine.

    One of the two owners is an experienced dog groomer and trainer who can pamper your pet and teach him some manners, too.

  • Green goes with everything: Terraces Building takes energy efficiency seriously

    Thanks to the vision of Al and Judy Challenger of Evergreen, the Terraces is not only using electricity, it is making its own electrical power and selling it back to Xcel Energy with a 10-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic power plant.

    The owners celebrated completion and the energy-saving future with a grand opening and open house on March 12.

  • Open Space seeks land on Lookout Mountain

    Another 24 acres have been targeted for inclusion in Jefferson County’s substantial open space holdings in the area around Colorow Road and the Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, which has 110 acres.

    At a regular meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on April 2, board members voted 8-0 to recommend that the county commissioners approve purchasing the McLeod property for $485,000.

    The Open Space Advisory Commission is a volunteer board that makes recommendations, but the county commissioners make the final decision.