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  • Evergreen resident arrested on securities fraud charges

    Evergreen resident Kenneth G. Berry, 65, has been charged with 11 counts of securities fraud in Colorado in connection with selling shares of stock in a reportedly non-existent company called Biotech Information Systems Inc.

    Berry’s wife, Anne Wakeford Berry, is listed as a co-defendant in the case.

    Ken Berry is alleged to have illegally obtained money from eight people, each of whom invested about $10,000 between Nov. 17, 2006, and May 15, 2008, according to the complaint filed Feb. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

  • Concerned citizens turn out for town hall meeting

    An informal town hall meeting came together in the Evergreen Middle School cafetorium at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in front of a lively crowd of about 60 people.

    Participants included freshman state Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen and state Sen. Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne. Topics ranged from an update on the pine bark beetle to the latest transportation legislation just passed in the state Senate.

  • HOA survey finds opposition to Buchanan Park plans

    Most residents of the subdivision close to Buchanan Park are opposed to developing the park with recreational buildings and would prefer to see the land left in its natural state.

    People who live nearby are worried about attracting traffic, strangers, musical events, festivals, lights and noise to the relatively peaceful island between busy Evergreen and Bergen parkways.

    At least that seems to the be general consensus of neighborhood opinion, based on an informal private opinion survey spearheaded by Cindy Brown, president of The Trails at Hiwan homeowner association.

  • I-70 lane to close at Floyd Hill

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will close one lane of eastbound Interstate 70 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The closure will start from the bottom of Floyd Hill and continue to the top, allowing crews to clean culverts, drains, signs and delineators.

    The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph, and minor traffic delays are expected.

     

  • Town hall meeting planned Thursday

    An Evergreen Town Hall meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, at Evergreen Middle School from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou and state Sen. Dan Gibbs will be on hand to discuss legislative issues with their constituents. Also, the concept of a regular town hall gathering to address local issues will be discussed.

  • Jeffco commissioners ax internal audit department

    The Jefferson County commissioners eliminated the county’s internal audit department on Feb. 17, citing the need “to reduce administrative overhead costs” and saying the department’s functions were duplicative.

    But the now-former internal auditor said that’s not the reason at all.

    Susan Johnson, who lost her job along with her assistant, says it’s all about accountability.

  • Home sales still in the slow lane

    With the economy on the rocks and the job picture uncertain, 2008 turned out to be one of the slowest years in recent history for the Evergreen-Conifer residential real estate market.

    Homeowners can take some consolation in the fact that prices in general dropped only 3 percent on average for the year. But the average selling price of $415,000 was slightly lower than the average selling price of $418,000 in 2005.

  • Former Jeffco commissioner Dave Auburn dies

    Former Jefferson County commissioner Dave Auburn died Feb. 11 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Auburn, 63, was appointed as commissioner by a Jeffco GOP vacancy committee in March 2005 to replace Rick Sheehan, who had resigned his seat. Auburn served until January 2007, after losing the seat to Democrat Kathy Hartman in the November 2006 election.

  • Amendment 54 ruffles feathers among Jeffco officials

    A state constitutional amendment that bars sole-source government contract holders from contributing to political campaigns caused some consternation at the Taj Mahal on Feb. 12, with county elected officials saying the ban is too broad.

    Amendment 54, which was approved by Colorado voters in November 2008, prohibits contractors with more than $100,000 in contracts with any government entity from contributing to political candidates, political action committees or political parties. It also applies to the immediate family of the contractor.

  • County to bring stricter cell tower rules on line

    Jefferson County says its regulations on cell phone towers will be tougher when changes are made to zoning and permit laws this spring.

    But for the many people upset when cell towers seemingly pop up out of nowhere in their neighborhoods, there still will be no formal notification system.

    County officials say residents who want to know if a tower is coming to their area will have to search the county's permit database or look for signs on private land indicating a special-use permit.