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  • Zimbabwe event offers treats for the palate and the heart

    The Lord said to Jeremiah: “Buy a farm at Anathoth ee it will have houses, fields and vineyards.”

    — Jeremiah 32:8

    When she returns to her adopted continent later this month, longtime Evergreen resident Pat Stephenson will bring her faith, her optimism, her unflagging commitment and — with a little help from her neighbors — enough wholesome, nutritious and desperately needed food to keep 1,000 African schoolchildren at their books for a solid year.

  • Obama rips McCain in stop at School of Mines

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came out swinging at a campaign stop in Golden on Sept. 16, the day after another Wall Street titan fell, by attacking his opponent's grasp on economic issues.

    "Over the last few days, we have seen clearly what's at stake in this election," Obama said to a crowd of about 1,000 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. "We are in the most serious financial crisis in a generation, yet Sen. McCain stood up yesterday and said the fundamentals of our economy are strong."

  • Planning commission OKs downsizing for Elk Rest Village

    The planning commission voted 6-2 to limit the number of residential units to 12 instead of 22 in the proposed Elk Rest Village multi-use complex on Swede Gulch Road in El Rancho Town Center.

    The Sept. 10 vote affirmed the planning commission’s original decision on July 30.

    The recommendation goes next to the board of county commissioners Sept. 30 for a final decision.

    The planning commission was hearing the case for the second time after the county commissioners asked the citizen board to re-examine the allowed density level.

  • Building blitz raises homes and hopes for two area families

    The way Perry Timon had it figured, if it needs to be built, they will come.

    “It’s a good cause,” said Timon, standing at the high extremity of Kittredge’s meandering South End Road in the cool, predawn gloaming of Sept. 3. “They’re good people, and they want to be a part of it.”

  • Board confirms Elk Rest Village decision

    The recommendation goes next to the board of county commissioners Sept. 30 for a final decision.

    The planning commission was hearing the case for the second time after the county commissioners asked the citizen board to re-examine the allowed density level.

    Jim Spaanstra, chairman of the planning commission, argued for the higher number because of the high price of gas and the opportunity to encourage more people to work and live in the same place.

  • Q&A with District 2 county commission candidates

    Following are unedited transcripts of question-and-answer sessions with District 2 county commission candidates, courtesy of Plan Jeffco.

    1. What do you intend to achieve if you are elected or re-elected County Commissioner?

    Zulauf: If elected as County Commissioner, my primary goals will be land preservation, water conservation, and ecologically responsible development in Jefferson County.

  • Q&A with District 1 county commission candidates

    Following are unedited transcripts of question-and-answer sessions with District 1 county commission candidates, courtesy of Plan Jeffco.

    1. What do you intend to achieve if you are elected or re-elected County Commissioner?

  • 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.