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  • Stamping out confusion about the Habitat Stamp

    Since January 2006, the state has required anyone using the Mount Evans or Bergen Peak state wildlife areas to obtain a Habitat Stamp, amounting to a $10.25 fee to hike or camp on the land.

    But don’t expect to purchase an actual stamp when you buy the Habitat Stamp. The Habitat Stamp is merely a series of characters printed out on a plain blue piece of paper, with all the glamour of a receipt from a gas pump.

    Also, be aware that the picture of a stamp on the sign in the accompanying photo does not represent the state-mandated Habitat Stamp.

    Confused? Read on.

  • Two apply for vacancy on fire district board

    Toni Stephens and Charles Simons have submitted their names as applicants for a vacancy on the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. The deadline for submissions was Sept. 2.

    The two-year position became available with the July 25 resignation of board secretary Jaine Hamilton, who is moving to the Western Slope. She has served on the board since 2002.

    Neither of the applicants ran for the board openings in the last regular election May 8, in which Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Dykeman were elected. Simons ran in the recall election Nov. 13.

  • Homeowners win battle against 'monopine' cell tower

    A tower company has abandoned its plan for an 80-foot cell phone tower on top of Bear Mountain in Evergreen in favor of adding antennas onto the existing 72-foot towers.

    American Tower Corp. of Boston originally sought a variance from the county board of adjustment to erect a cell tower called a “monopine” that looked something like a giant pine and was supposed to blend into the scenery.

    The board of adjustment tabled the request indefinitely on April 2.

  • Rockies pitcher makes appearance at local deaf school

    If a good school assembly is supposed to be enjoyable, inspirational and educational, then Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jason Grilli’s visit to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School on Sept. 4 was a three-run homer.

    Ask any one of the Jefferson County charter school’s 45 wee scholars, and they’ll tell you that getting up-close-and-personal with a real-life sports hero beats language arts and long division any day of the week. With a staff member translating from American Sign Language, 31-year-old Grilli kicked off the event with a spirited Q-and-A session.

  • Deputy decries graffiti increase in Evergreen

    A graffiti problem has been gathering momentum for about a month in Evergreen, especially downtown, and a Jeffco sheriff’s deputy is determined to write an end to the vandalism saga.

    Deputy Dale Wizieck, the resident crime prevention specialist for the the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, wants to put a stop to the crime, which costs property owners thousands of dollars.

    Wizieck made an appearance Sept. 3 at the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting in the Evergreen Hotel downtown.

  • 'Cabin baby' fugitive back in Jeffco custody

    Summer’s finally over for Summer Lynn Baker, who appeared in court on Monday, Sept. 8, for the first time since dropping off law-enforcement’s radar more than two months ago.

  • County department heads get big bonuses amid budget woes

    Amid talk of budget woes and the possibility that some county workers would get no raises at all, some Jeffco department heads snagged raises and bonuses that totaled up to $20,000 over the last 18 months.

    Two of the department heads that report directly to County Administrator Jim Moore — Administrative Services Director Todd Leopold and Transportation and Development Director Tim Carl — each received $10,000 base-pay increases in 2007, along with $5,000 bonuses in 2007 and 2008.

  • Forum planned for political candidates

    The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and the Canyon Courier are hosting a forum for political candidates at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Lake House.

    The candidates will deliver a statement of their positions and then will field questions submitted by audience members.

    Participating will be:

    • Jeffco Board of Commissioners, District 2: Democrat Jason Bane and Republican Kevin McCasky.

    • Jeffco Board of Commissioners, District 1: Republican Faye Griffin and Democrat Sue Windels.

  • Vehicle hits, kills bear on I-70 at Floyd Hill

    A 2-year-old black bear was killed by a vehicle on I-70 about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    The bear was struck by an eastbound vehilce near Floyd Hill, and the Division of Wildlife removed the remains Wednesday morning. There were no injuries to the motorist who reported the incident.

    "It's very common," said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the DOW. "Unfortunately, I-70 was built through a wildlife corridor. We'd like to remind people to drive slow and keep their eyes open for wildlife."

  • Growing EHS field band gives students more to love

    To achieve a really eye-popping, bleacher-shaking, spirit-raising, rabble-rousing, scream-yourself-hoarse halftime show, bigger is definitely better. And Evergreen High School’s first-rate Cougar Marching Band is getting better all the time.

    “Four years ago, there were less than 50 kids in the marching band, and there were 63 when I took over,” says Michelle Knight, who accepted EHS’ instrumental music baton in 2007. “We’ve got 78 now, and I think it will probably keep growing.”