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  • Developer prevails in Wah Keeney dispute

    A developer who wants to build townhouses on his property in Wah Keeney Park has a legal right to use the road on someone else’s property to get to his building site across the creek, a judge has ruled.

    The dispute centers on a handful of lots bordering Troublesome Creek at the end of Larkspur Road in Wah Keeney Park, where Michael and Roseanne Paslay built a two-story retirement home. When a developer showed up with tons of dirt and galvanized steel, they felt their rural retreat had been invaded.

  • Lifelong poet has a rhyme for every reason

    No Resolution

    By Natalie Tyson

    I resolve this year not to resolve

    I have resolved before

    There are heaps of resolutions

    Laying dead beside my door

    I resolve that I’d be strong and wise

    For a whole year still to come

    But I can not span a year of days

    I’ll take them one by one …

    There’s endless poetry in a life well-lived, and 82-year-old Natalie Tyson has spent the greater part of her well-lived life helping others find the poetry in their own.

  • I-70 rollover injures two

    Two men were seriously injured Jan. 9 when their Jeep rolled in the eastbound lanes of I-70 just east of the Genesee exit.

    Nicolas S. Ruba, 23, and Michael A. Blakeway, 23, both of Craig, were headed east at the time of the accident, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Just east of the Genesee exit, the Jeep went out of control on a right-hand turn and rolled once into the median, coming to rest on its wheels.

  • Obama team seeks ideas for health care reform in Jeffco

    Everyone has complaints about the U.S. health care system, according to Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    "But we have about 4 million different ideas on how to resolve it," he added, shortly after sitting through a community forum on health care reform Dec. 30. The forum was commissioned by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and hosted by the West Chamber.

  • Santa gives Skeel family a week without water

    Park district chief John Skeel and his family woke up on Christmas Day to discover that Santa had left them with a dry well, forcing the family of five to go without toilet flushing and hot showers for a week.

    By the day after New Year’s, the problem had been fixed with the addition of two 175-gallon storage tanks, and now the system works better than ever, Skeel said. “I can take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time.”

    Well experts diagnosed the problem as a relative lack of rain this year.

  • Rec workers' merit raises capped at 6%

    Park district employees stand to get raises ranging from zero to 6 percent under the terms of a new pay-for-performance compensation policy hashed out in a special district board meeting on Dec. 29.

    Under the new policy, employees are not entitled to the 3.5 to 4 percent automatic cost-of-living increases they received in the past. A fixed amount of money, about $50,000, will be distributed according to merit.

  • Developer seeks easement on private retreat

    After failing to reach a deal with private landowners, Evergreen developer Ron Lewis has filed a condemnation action in district court to get an easement on a 700-foot section of road south of Shaffers Crossing off South Elk Creek Road.

  • Ice Melt Barrel contest begins again

    The Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel was stationed at its lonely outpost on Evergreen Lake for the third year at 10 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Sponsored by the Mountain/Foothills Rotary Club, the barrel is monitored until it falls in the drink, signaling the approach of spring. The public is invited to bet on when the barrel goes for a swim. The winner gets $1,000. Second place is $400. Proceeds go to the Evergreen park district’s special needs program (60 percent), DriveSmart (20 percent) and the Rotary Foundation.

  • Princess makes a splash

    Of all the reckless maniacs who sank 35 bucks and their hardy altogethers into the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day, none caused a bigger splash — both literally and figuratively — than Princess Kristina Halstead.

    True, we colonials generally don’t have much use for viscounts, crown princes, queen mums and the like, but the festive mob on hand for Evergreen’s second-ever Frigid Follies on Jan. 1 took their honorary liege to heart with royal enthusiasm.

  • Man struck by hit-run driver on Evergreen Parkway

    A man crossing Evergreen Parkway near Ponderosa Drive was hit by an unidentified vehicle that then fled the accident scene about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31.

    The victim, identified as Shawn Michael Stover, 31, of Denver, was transported to St. Anthony Hospital with moderate injuries. The Colorado State Patrol is looking for any information to find the driver, who remains at large.

    According to a release by the State Patrol, the make, model and color of the vehicle are unknown.

    The patrol asks anyone with information about the incident to call 303-239-4583.