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  • Evergreen pilot at scene of air-race disaster


    By Jim Peterson

    For the Courier

    Evergreen resident John Penney and his daughter Heather were at the scene of the fatal crash last Friday at the Reno Air Races in Nevada, with the impact slamming Heather to the ground amid a hail of fuel and body parts.


    The crash killed 10 spectators and the pilot of the P-51 Mustang, which pitched suddenly skyward before nose-diving into the ground near a section of VIP box seats.

  • Crowd turns out in defense of South Table Mountain

    About 75 people turned out at a county planning commission meeting Sept. 14 to fight for preservation of South Table Mountain, including 399 acres privately owned by a local developer out of 2,000 or so total on the mesa.

    Some 21 individuals spoke in favor of preserving the mesa in its entirety. Only the property owner and developer Jeff Bradley defended its use as a future hypothetical corporate campus.

  • Open space survey going out by mail, Internet

    Jefferson County Open Space is working on a citizen survey designed to determine what aspects of Open Space parks are most important to the public and how satisfied they are with the park amenities and management policies, among other things.

    This is the first study of its type that Open Space has ever done involving a random sample.

    The benefit is it will capture the opinions of people who are not regular visitors or have never visited an Open Space park, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

  • Grant to help pay for bike racks on Lariat Loop

    With the Pro Cycling Challenge in particular and cycling in general both in the limelight, the Lariat Loop successfully obtained $25,000 to install 25 bike racks at various points along the 40-mile-long National Scenic Byway.

    The grant requires a matching fund contribution of $6,000. The money comes through the Colorado Department of Transportation from the Federal Highway Administration, which is responsible for the Scenic Byways Program.

  • New House map transforms Evergreen’s district

    New boundaries for state House District 25 would dramatically alter the composition of the district that traditionally has had Evergreen as its epicenter, adding Park, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties and eliminating the portion of Jeffco north of I-70.

  • New emergency-medical fees taking effect Oct. 1

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board unanimously passed a resolution Sept. 13 creating fees for various emergency-medical services that have traditionally been provided at no charge. The fees vary from $150 for treat-and-release to $875 for attempted resuscitation.

    The new policy is expected to generate about $50,000 a year in revenue from fees that were previously unbilled.

    Among other things, the fees will help pay for ambulance responses when the patient is treated and released but not taken to the hospital.

  • EDS to help fight litter on Lariat Loop

    EDS Waste Solutions Inc. is launching a cleanup campaign on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the wake of the Aug. 28 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which made Lookout Mountain famous but also generated a litter surge along Lookout Mountain Road.

    Cleanup begins at Windy Saddle Park at 8 a.m. The photo ceremony is at 9 a.m. below the School of Mines’ "M."

  • County considering hefty charges to access public records

    The Jefferson County commissioners may soon be charging up to $50 an hour for access to certain public records.
    If approved, a revision to Jeffco’s policy manual would allow the county to charge the public for the time it takes staff to collect and occasionally redact documents, including the commissioners’ e-mails.
    Currently, the commissioners charge the public only for hard copies of documents, usually 25 cents per page after the first five pages.

  • New budget proposal would keep all libraries open

    No libraries would be closed under a revised budget presented Sept. 8 to the Jefferson County Public Library trustees.

    Instead, an anticipated $2.4 million shortfall would be addressed through other wide-ranging cuts — most notably through reduced hours at every library branch.

    The library board had earlier considered closing the Conifer, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater libraries to save about $695,000 annually. The branches would be spared under the revised budget that was created at behest of the county commissioners.