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  • 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.

  • Griffin accused of campaign finance violation

    Jefferson County Treasurer Faye Griffin will go before an administrative judge Sept. 30 after being accused of a campaign finance violation in her quest to become the next District 1 county commissioner.

    Nancy C. Johnson, a Lakewood attorney, filed a formal complaint with the Colorado secretary of state's office Sept. 17 alleging that Griffin broke the law by not listing the occupations and employers of 11 donors who gave her campaign $1,550. The donations were listed in a state campaign-finance filing through July 17.

  • Harlie R. Bacon, 77

    Harlie R. Bacon died on Sept. 10, 2008, from an aortic aneurism following a very brief illness. He was 77.

    Harlie moved to Evergreen in 1974 to open and manage a Sims Tire and Automotive store on State Highway 74 at Bryant Drive. In 1985, he became a partner in the Swis Auto Glass business in Denver. Later, he moved to Elite Auto Glass in Denver. He retired from Elite in 2005.

  • 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.

  • Medal of Honor recipient schools local kids in courage and country

    What does a true hero look like? On Thursday, Sept. 18, a small army of local schoolchildren filed into the Evergreen High School gymnasium to see one for themselves.

    As they discovered, retired Army Maj. Bruce Crandall isn’t 10 feet tall, doesn’t speak in thunder and can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound. Nor does he have an NFL contract, a song in the Top 40, or a sure-fire plan for the economy.

  • Attendance drop forces Humphrey Museum to take hiatus

    The board of directors of the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum has decided not to host the Gloaminfest in October and is closing the vintage home for the season early this year, instead of staying open for the Christmas season as it has in the past.

    The Gloaminfest will be at St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Conifer instead.

    The museum will close Oct. 1 and reopen April 1 to save money and perhaps find a new partner and regroup. The board has decided to sell an attached 14-acre property for an undisclosed amount, which could help replenish the coffers.

  • Bear Mountain neighbors join forces to fight fire danger

    A group of homeowners on Bear Mountain in Evergreen has applied for a 2009 wildland-urban interface grant from the Colorado State Forest Service to help mitigate fire danger in their mountaintop neighborhood of 200 homes.

    The idea is to join forces and launch a war against dead and diseased trees and to identify trees to be thinned. Participants use their own equipment and volunteer time and muscle power.

    The proposal also asks for funds to educate people on FireWise principles of home protection.

  • Officials urge Coloradans to vote early

    County commissioners, county clerks and even the governor are urging people to either vote by mail or vote early this year, citing an unusually long ballot and a projected record turnout.

    "We've had a lot of activity here in the last couple of weeks from both sides of the presidential campaign, with both Sen. Obama and Gov. Palin visiting Colorado," Gov. Bill Ritter said at a news conference Sept. 16. He said that Colorado is one of the few swing states in the national election. "It is important as a swing state that every vote count."

  • McCasky, Bane trade barbs at candidate forum

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky took most of the heat Sept. 15 in the first forum for the five county commission candidates.

    Republican McCasky, the only incumbent, faces two challengers in District 2 in the Nov. 4 election: Democrat Jason Bane and Scott Zulauf of the Green Party. Jeffco Treasurer Faye Griffin, a Republican, and state Sen. Sue Windels, a Democrat, are battling for the District 1 commission seat, vying to replace Jim Congrove, who decided not to seek a second term.

  • School 'bails out' principal, raises $42,000

    Justice was swift for Ryan “Mad Dog” Lucas, director of Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

    Lucas was arrested, tried and convicted last Wednesday of what some of his students thought was a rather heinous crime — not proclaiming enough snow days during the last school year.

    His bail was set by Judge Tucker S. Gordon, a fifth-grader at the school, at $30,000.