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  • Idaho Springs man sentenced in illegal hunting of elk

    Larry C. Losch of Idaho Springs was sentenced Dec. 17 for his role in the illegal hunting of a large elk in Evergreen on Sept. 13, 2007.

  • School board seeks community feedback on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board is asking for the community’s help in making decisions about the district’s budget. The district will need to cut at least $35 million between 2009 and 2012 after voters rejected the bond and mill levy measures on the November ballot.

    The board has received recommendations from staff and community budget work groups and wants to continue to gather feedback from many different voices in Jefferson County.

  • Christmases past: Two area residents recall the deprivations, challenges of the Great Depression

    This holiday season, amid a struggling economy and feelings of uncertainty, wants are succumbing to needs for many area residents.

    But today’s definition of “needs” is dramatically different from the one of 80 years ago. The Roaring Twenties, when indulgence was common and pretty things trumped the practical, came to an abrupt end on Oct. 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed. Banks failed, businesses closed and more than 15 million Americans were left unemployed.

  • Mail thief to get 24 years in prison

    Mail pilferer Michael John Pantera pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary on Dec. 19.

    In November 2007, Pantera, 27, and his girlfriend, Sophie Rose Shafer of Pine, 19, drove through neighborhoods in Jefferson and Park counties stealing mail from mailboxes, searching for holiday gift cards and cash.

    Pantera is scheduled to be sentenced March 27 to 24 years in prison. He was convicted in the November 2007 mailbox thefts and also as a habitual criminal, according to a news release from the Jefferson County district attorney.

  • Locals flock to help stranded goose

    A bit of summer stranded at Evergreen Lake drew the attention and sympathy of a small army of local wildlife enthusiasts. Yet the good-hearted citizens determined to save a solitary Canada goose from a cold and bitter end found themselves torn between love and the law.

     

  • Luckylure to give Christmas trees to needy families

    Luckylure Christmas tree of Evergreen will be giving away two dozen tannenbaums to area families who have experienced layoffs or have special needs this holiday season.

    The 24 free trees will be given away at noon Thursday at Luckylure, at Highway 73 and Brook Forest Road. A drawing will be held if more than 24 families are seeking trees.

  • Baskets full of joy delivered to those in need

    You can tell by the smiles on their faces that delivering big boxes full of food is fun for everybody, including the seniors, the volunteers and the eighth-graders from the Rocky Mountain Academy charter school who served as delivery girls and boys.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 10, volunteers finally got the opportunity to distribute around Evergreen the baskets full of good cheer that they had been collecting since Halloween.

  • Survey, conditions at issue in trial over Wah Keeney development

    The property dispute between a developer who wants to build housing units on 90 small lots on the east end of Wah Keeney Park in Evergreen landed in Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 11 after settlement discussions failed to produce an agreement.

    At the last minute, the trial was assigned to Judge Stephen M. Munsinger, instead of Tamara Russell, who originally was set to preside over the two-day trial.

  • Jeffco commission OKs $387 million budget

    The Jeffco commissioners have adopted a 2009 budget that is nearly $8 million smaller than the one proposed at the end of November, mainly due to uncertainty about election equipment.

    The commissioners on Dec. 9 approved a budget of $387 million for Jefferson County in 2009, down from the $394.9 million budget that staffers presented at the end of November. Although the commissioners added $6.5 million in spending, they cut $14.4 million that staffers had recommended for new election equipment.

  • Storey seeks 9 percent raise in 2009

    Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey is asking for $162,000 in salary in 2009, a pay raise of more than 9 percent.

    Most county workers have been getting raises in the 3 percent range.

    Storey, who was re-elected in November, earned $148,256 in 2008, the second highest for a DA in a five-county comparison that Storey provided the Jefferson County commissioners on Dec. 9. According to Storey, the other four counties' district attorneys are each asking for an average salary increase of 12.7 percent.