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  • Kids dentists purchase space in Honka building

    A kids-only dental practice has purchased the last 4,000 available square feet in the Honka Log Homes Building in El Rancho Center and is planning to open by the summer after extensive remodeling.

    All Kids Dental, based in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, acquired the space in the office condo building for $1 million, according to published reports. The company will occupy the entire third floor above Rustic Point, a furniture and home goods store.

  • Truck collides with elk herd at Floyd Hill

    Sixteen elk were killed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 at Highway 65 about 1 a.m. Jan. 23, when a semi truck collided with the herd as it was trying to cross the freeway.

    The semi jackknifed as it hit the animals, and two cars were involved, one of which rolled over. Luckily, none of the vehicle occupants was hurt seriously enough to be taken to the hospital, said Garry DeJong, chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The names of the individuals involved were not available.

  • Jeffco’s elected officials sworn in

    A week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, recently elected and re-elected officials in Jefferson County were being installed in their own ceremony.

    The swearing-in ceremony, slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, recognized 18 elected officials. The officials — judges, commissioners, the district attorney and a new treasurer — were sworn in by District Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

  • Asphalt scammers again making mountain rounds

    Mountain residents know that long winters often leave residents with driveways in need of repair. Scam artists know the same thing.

    On Oct. 14, a member of the Cornell family of Conifer was tending to the front yard and was approached by a representative for an asphalt company named “Blacktop Service.”

    “The man was clean-cut and professional,” a family member said.

    She said the representative asked if she wanted the family’s driveway repaved with extra asphalt his company had left over from a previous job.

  • Jeffco GOP hit with subpoena in connection with alleged wiretapping

    The Jefferson County GOP was hit with a subpoena last week in connection with its one-time website administrator, who is a defendant in a federal wiretapping civil lawsuit.

    Robert Cook, who owns the Jeffco GOP's website and was hired to do computer work for the party, is one of four defendants in a civil lawsuit brought by longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

  • Gerou, Kopp roll out wildfire legislation

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Genesee, hope to pick up where Kopp and former state Rep. Rob Witwer left off in their 2008 work on wildfire legislation.

    The duo are teaming up to push a series of bills aimed at reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire in areas where urbanization and wild lands meet.

  • Jeffco law officers take priorities to Capitol

    On a chilly January morning, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the state Capitol and urged lawmakers — who face a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall — not to leave their legislative priorities out in the cold.

    "I'm very aware that we have issues this year in our economy and our budget," Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said Jan. 15 on the west steps of the Capitol. "I also know there's a direct correlation between a poor economy and the crime rate."

  • Senior housing proposed between two parks

    County planning officials are looking at a private developer’s proposal to build 14 senior-living units on private property bordered by Buchanan and Bergen parks north of the Buchanan Rec Center.

    The property consists of two 1-acre parcels bordered by Bergen Park on the north and Buchanan Park on the south.

  • Free seminar designed to help those looking for work

    Judaism in the Foothills and the Canyon Courier are co-sponsoring a free weekly seminar in the Evergreen area to help people who are looking for work in the ailing economy.

    Rabbi Levi Brackman will give a presentation designed to help people as they transition to new careers or businesses. The lessons, wisdom and advice that Brackman offers come from the Torah and Judaism’s other ancient texts, but the seminars are open to all people no matter their religion or background.

    Brackman will help the attendees to:

  • Elk Meadow grows by 7 acres — for $600,000

    Jefferson County Open Space on Dec. 19 closed the deal to buy 7 acres zoned residential next to the Elk Meadow Open Space Park in Evergreen for $600,000.

    The land located west of Evergreen Parkway at Bergen Peak Drive is situated between a housing development and the park at the intersection of Evergreen Parkway and Stagecoach Boulevard.

    The advisory committee of the Jeffco Open Space department recommended acquiring the parcel, and the Open Space Advisory Commission approved it in a split vote at a regular meeting Sept. 4.