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  • Elected officials face voters using handheld remotes

    The meeting was one of four events hosted in October and November in various locations around the county. A Nov. 16 event was scheduled to make up for one that was canceled because of weather. (See end of story for more dates.)

    About 45 people were in attendance Monday night, in addition to County Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman.

  • Jeffco envisions all-encompassing land-use plan

    Public comments are due by Nov. 9. The planning commission is scheduled to take action at a meeting Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m., during which public testimony will be taken. (The Board of County Commissioners doesn’t hold a hearing or vote on the plan.)

    The approximately 500-page document is an attempt to define the countywide rules that will govern development in unincorporated Jefferson County for years to come.

  • Crane accident halts work on treatment plant roof

    The accident forced authorities to take the machinery off line temporarily, but the tank was pumped out and the equipment was back on line and functioning as usual by Saturday.

    The truck, owned by RMS Cranes Inc. of Colorado Springs, lost its brakes, Gerry Schulte, executive director of the Evergreen Metro District, said as he surveyed the damage Friday.

    Schulte estimated the insurance claim would be about $500,000.

  • Cultural district distributes 2009 funds

    The biggest fund winners in the Evergreen area were Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen Chorale and the Evergreen Players, with $27,072, $27,229 and $24,450, respectively.

    Tier III organizations in Jefferson County received $828,728 out of a total distribution of $5.2 million for all seven counties in the district.

    Tier I is defined as the leading cultural institutions, such as the Denver Art Museum. Tier II are regional organizations. Tier III includes 300 local volunteer or professional groups that apply for funding through their respective counties.

  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.

  • Snow eases; Jeffco schools to reopen Friday

    The season's first big snowstorm left up to 3 1/2 feet in some parts of Evergreen, but the precipitation eased enough Thursday night for Jeffco schools to announce they would reopen Friday.

    Scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Sporadic power outages were reported throughout Evergreen during the storm, and roads alternated between merely slick and outright treacherous.

    Check our website for updates.


  • Courier offices remain closed

    The main office of Evergreen Newspapers and the Canyon Courier in Evergreen remains closed for business because of the snowstorm.

    The office will reopen as usual Friday morning.

  • Evergreen cab driver dies in accident

    Ralph Collins, proprietor of Mountains Taxi, died in a traffic accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 285 at Windy Point.

    Collins, 60, of Conifer died at the scene of the single-vehicle accident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m.

    Collins was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango that veered off the right side of the road, traveled up a steep embankment and rolled at least once, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    The patrol said Collins was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

  • Pedaling a plan: Jeffco planning staff seeks to create approach to bicycle-pedestrian paths

    Planning and zoning officials say Jeffco needs an overall approach to dealing with the county’s 210 miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths.

    “We have some discussion points found in the major thoroughfare plan, but no real focus on how bicycle and pedestrian paths exist and can be accommodated in the county," reads a memo from Development and Transportation Director Tim Carl.

  • Commissioners launch 'citizen input meetings'

    The Jefferson County commissioners launched a series of public meetings last week dubbed "citizen input meetings," aimed at interacting with the public and allowing for extensive question-and-answer sessions with county officials and staff.

    The first stop on the tour was The Peak Recreation Center in South Jeffco, where the commissioners hosted about 20 area residents.

    "We just want to keep you up to date on what we have going on in the county," said Commissioner Kevin McCasky. "We really want to get your feedback."