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  • A new home for Jeffco's homeless pets

    When it comes to replacing Jeffco’s aging and crowded animal shelter, County Commissioner Kevin McCasky has set an ambitious goal: Groundbreaking for the new $9 million facility will take place by Nov. 1.

    "How's that for an optimistic schedule?" McCasky asked the assembled crowd Oct. 1 at the northwest corner of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the 30,000-square-foot shelter will be built. The Table Mountain Animal Center — the name of the current shelter and of the new one — serves Jefferson County and its municipalities.

  • Fire destroys large home in Brook Forest Estates

    A wind-whipped fire destroyed a three-story wood-frame home in Brook Forest Estates on Oct. 4.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

    A couple of neighbors noticed smoke and flames and called in the alarm at 3:23 p.m. Saturday. The first two firefighters to arrive, at 3:27, were Deputy Chief Jeff Ashford and Matt Swinden, a neighbor and rookie volunteer firefighter, said Chief Garry DeJong of Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • Q&A with HD25 candidate Jack Woehr

    How much money have you raised from donors?

    $0, as my reports to the secretary of state show, which are online at http://www.sos.state.co.us.

    How much from your own resources?

    $0 ... It's not fun raising money, and I see no reason why a candidate can't walk to office without it. I've run five times, and people kinda know I 'm there at this point fighting for their civil rights and against the rise of authoritarian government in Colorado.

    What should be the role of state government?

  • Q&A with HD25 candidate Andrew Scripter

    How much money have you raised from donors?

    To date, our campaign has raised $ 23,471  and we have had 207 individuals contribute to our campaign.

    How much of your own money have you contributed to your campaign?

    About $15,000

     

    What should be the role of state government?

  • Q&A with HD25 candidate Cheri Gerou

    How much money have you raised from donors?

    As of Sept. 4, $49,507.00

    How much from your own resources?

    $45,000

    What should be the role of state government?

    I believe the state government should:

    • protect the rights of the individual, including the education of our children to give our kids the tools to succeed in a global economy; protect the rights of the free enterprise system to keep Colorado friendly to business and job growth;

  • Evergreen gets a new backyard

    Bergen Meadow Elementary was built in 1969 with a giant, flat gravel patch for a backyard. The 115,000-square-foot gravel patch was a perfect rectangle, already graded, and in a central location in our community. School administrators, park and rec personnel, sports clubs, and parents all recognized the great potential of the field. But for 39 years, Evergreen kids played recess games and sports in the dirt.

  • Marshdale promotes literacy with birthday book giveaway

    At most elementary schools, birthdays are a special day for students. Sometimes the principal acknowledges birthdays with a card or a visit.

    Marshdale Elementary School principal Christie Frost goes a step further — she gives each student a book.

    Frost, a former librarian, says she uses student birthdays as a way to help improve literacy and to alleviate some students' fears of the office.

  • Gilt complex: On the trail of Colorado's fleeting golden age

    Though rigorously prudent and deliberative in most things, even I am not immune to the powerful “gold fever” that grips Colorado each autumn.

    In the past, I’ve been content to enjoy the high country’s ephemeral fall fashions in the traditional way, through my car’s bug-dappled windshield. This year, however, my artistic nature and native patriotism suggested another course. I would mine the gilded realms on foot, wandering free among the whispering glades and quenching my thirsty soul with deep, aromatic draughts from the aspens’ sparkling cup.

  • Elk kill in Paradise Hills deemed legal

    The bow-and-arrow shooting of an 800-pound trophy elk in Paradise Hills on Lookout Mountain Sept. 20 may have outraged neighbors, but an investigation by the state Division of Wildlife determined the kill was legal.

    “Technically, you can shoot a deer from your backyard,” said John Murphy, district wildlife officer for the DOW.

    Paradise Hills consists of about 180 homes on approximately 1-acre lots. The shooting took place on private property north of the subdivision.

  • 22 units approved for Village at Elk Rest

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 on Sept. 30 to approve rezoning 7 acres at Swede Gulch and El Rancho roads to allow a mixed-use development consisting of 22 residential units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space in a 36,000-square-foot building.

    The project, east of Wal-Mart in the El Rancho Center, was back in front of the county commissioners after the planning commission concluded Sept. 10 that 12 units, not 22, were justified.