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  • Chowdhury resigns from school board

    Embattled South Jeffco school board member Vince Chowdhury has resigned his seat effective Aug. 21.

    "I have made this decision after a long conversation with my family," Chowdhury said in an e-mail to supporters of his Democratic primary campaign for House District 22. He lost the primary Aug. 12 to Camille Ryckman. "It is extremely difficult for me to step down; however, I must do what is in the best interest of my family."

  • Spilled nitric acid forced evacuation

    A hazardous chemical spill at a home in a residential area of Evergreen on Monday evening turned out to be nitric acid that had been stored in a keg-size container.

    Authorities found two kegs and some 28 drums, most of which were empty, that had been piling up under some trees since the mid-‘60s.

    Someone from the home was cleaning up the area about 5 p.m. Monday when one of the barrels accidentally tipped, releasing a sludgy substance that generated a small cloud of yellow smoke, said Evergreen Fire Chief Garry DeJong.

  • Hazmat spill at Evergreen home forces evacuation

    The Evergreen Fire Department and West Metro/Arvada hazmat teams responded to a chemical spill at 2785 Lemaster Drive in Evergreen on Monday evening that forced an evacuation of about 12 homes.

    By about 8:30 p.m., authorities had determined the spill contained nitric acid used for stripping furniture, Evergreen Fire Chief Garry DeJong said.

    The residents who were evacuated were able to return to their homes; some had gathered at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park.

    A private company was hired to clean up the site on

  • Repairs under way on Mount Evans Scenic Byway

    State highway crews will be smoothing out bumps and finishing repair work on the Mount Evans Highway Scenic Byway near Summit Lake from Aug. 18 to 20.

    Weather permitting, the road to the top will continue to be open, with lane closures in various places, CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said Friday.

    Although the weather was cold and rainy Friday, the scenic drive to summit was still open as of noon, according to CDOT’s traffic operations center in Denver.

  • Habitat readies for a fast and furious fall

    September promises to be a memorable month for two deserving Evergreen families, and, over at Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, excitement is building.

    “We’re going to build two homes in nine days,” says Blue Spruce development director Pandora Reagan. “Nationally, the Home Builders Blitz is sort of a Habitat tradition, but this is our first one.”

  • Indian Hills woman pulling together DNC's opening act

    Exactly how Indian Hills resident Kerry Kurt found herself responsible for about half of Denver’s most coveted outdoor venue on the one day in history when much of the world’s attention will be focused there makes for a curious tale.

    “It was not a simple, straightforward process,” says Kurt, 44. “It’s kind of amazing, when you think about it. I think it’s a spirit thing: energy, force, grace — whatever you want to call it.”

  • Heat is off: Mark Davidson retires after three decades as a firefighter

    During his 29 years as a volunteer firefighter in Evergreen, Mark Davidson was something of a superman, logging the equivalent hours of a professional firefighter doing the job practically full time.

    At his peak, Davidson responded to 500 to 600 calls per year for five years. When he got married, he cut back to only about 400 and still had time to raise two boys and hold down a job running the family insurance company, Davidson Insurance Agency.

  • Coffman wins GOP congressional primary, Jeffco vote

    Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman defeated three fellow Republicans in the Aug. 12 primary to replace outgoing 6th District Congressman Tom Tancredo. In Jefferson County returns, Coffman bested businessman Wil Armstrong by roughly 10 percentage points.

    In overall final results, Coffman tallied 40.1 percent of the vote, compared to 32.8 percent for Armstrong, a business leader and son of former Sen. Bill Armstrong. Highlands Ranch state Sen. Ted Harvey was in third place with 15.3 percent, and Centennial state Sen. Steve Ward had 11.8 percent.

  • Internet phone services could send 911 calls to wrong locations

    Last summer Cindy Cline, a day-shift supervisor with Jefferson County dispatch, fielded a 911 call from a woman in Istanbul. The woman had called from an Internet phone, and the service provider did not link her to the local 911 service — it routed her instead to Colorado.

    “We told her she had to find a land line and call for help (there),” Cline said. “We had no way to look up (the Istanbul contact) number for her.” Fortunately, the woman just needed to log a report and was not in danger, she said.

  • Judge to rule on Mount Morrison tower

    By the end of September, a district judge is expected to rule whether Bear Creek Development of Golden is entitled to build a 135-foot horizontal, high-definition TV antenna array on top of Mount Morrison.

    The parties will present oral arguments on whether the Jefferson County commissioners failed to follow a higher court’s instructions when it approved the tower project April 1 in a 3-0 vote.

    If the judge rules against the county commissioners, Bear Creek Development’s project will be stalled indefinitely.