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  • Mountain schools to start 2008-09 year Aug. 18

    Evergreen and Conifer schools will start the next school year on Aug. 18, while schools in the rest of Jefferson County will start nine days earlier than normal, on Aug. 12.

    Jefferson County also is bringing back a fall mini-break, with schools closing Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24.

    A group of parents from the mountain schools successfully petitioned the school board over the last few months for a later start date, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • HIstoric agreement ends I-70 stalemate

    In a historic agreement that ends a decade-long stalemate between CDOT and the mountain corridor, members of the I-70 collaborative effort agreed to partial widening through Clear Creek while allowing for a transit option.

    The general agreement that will be put to paper in June and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for approval designates highway improvements from Floyd Hill to the Twin Tunnels, Empire Junction and west of Silver Plume to the Eisenhower Tunnel.

  • Local, state, national races on '08 ballots

    In a year with heightened political activity nationally, it would be easy to overlook local issues, but residents ignore them at their peril. Local and regional ballot items from May through November range from district-level tax increases to the race to replace Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

    Jeffco Public Schools

    The Jeffco school district announced April 18 that it likely will seek a tax increase on the November ballot.

  • Puma kills two llamas in Morrison

    A Morrison family was disheartened to discover that their two prized llamas had been killed at their home April 12 by a mountain lion.

    The animals were nowhere in sight when Larry Cummings went to feed them early that morning in a pen about 400 feet from the family’s house. When he searched the property, he discovered they had been killed.

    “They were born and raised here, trained here, we showed them — they have just been wonderful animals,” Susan Cummings said Monday. “It’s just hard to get used to the idea that they are gone.”

  • Rec center racquetball debate bounces back

    The topic of Evergreen racquetball is back in play, and at the Evergreen Park and Recreation board of directors meeting on April 15, competition was spirited.

  • The Natural: Earth Day dawns in Evergreen

    On Saturday, April 19, eco-centric folks from Crow Hill to Floyd Hill braved sunny skies, mild temperatures, gentle breezes and placid waters to celebrate Earth’s special Day in its most delightful setting.

  • Four vie for two seats on Indian Hills fire board

    On May 6, the good citizens of Indian Hills will cast their votes to fill a pair of impending vacancies on the Indian Hills Fire Protection District board of directors.

    The Indian Hills fire board oversees a district of about 12 square miles encompassing some 1,200 residents and protected by the 24-member, all-volunteer Indian Hills Fire and Rescue.

  • Fire district election: four seats in the balance

    Seven candidates are running in the regular election for the four available seats on the board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District. The board consists of five regular members.

    The only incumbent who is not up for re-election is Jaine Hamilton, whose four-year term expires in 2010.

    Five people are running for two available four-year terms, while two are running unopposed for the two, two-year terms.

  • County gives tentative OK to church expansion

    The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church came closer Tuesday morning to realizing its plan to add a two-story teen center building after a crucial vote of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. After two lengthy public hearings, two of three members of the board voted to endorse a version of the March 26 planning commission decision approving an expansion from 26,000 square feet to about 48,000 square feet of floor area. The church argued that it had the legal right to build up to 63,000 square feet.

  • Proposed cell tower concerns Bear Mountain residents

    A company wants to erect an 80-foot cellular tower near the summit of Bear Mountain if it can obtain a variance from the 35-foot height limit under current zoning regulations.

    The idea is to erect a “monopine,” a cell-phone tower that looks like a pine tree and is supposed to blend into the scenery.

    After considering the matter April 2 for about two hours, the Jefferson County Board of Adjustment voted to table the proposal indefinitely, while the county works on the telecommunications master plan.