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  • Roundabout coming to County Road 73

    Jefferson County Highways and Transportation will soon begin a $2 million project to widen a portion of County Road 73 in Marshdale, which includes adding a roundabout at the intersection with North Turkey Creek Road.

    The road improvements address safety concerns cited in traffic studies in recent years, according Gary Campbell, a construction manager with the department who will oversee the project.

    Other improvements will include the addition of a center turn lane that will be built from the roundabout to the nearby Evergreen Professional Center.

  • Paschall to face second trial in alleged kickback scheme

    Former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall will face another trial related to charges that he tried to solicit a kickback from a political appointee on his way out of office in 2006.

    Paschall was charged with two felonies — criminal attempted theft and compensation for past official behavior — and was acquitted on the attempted theft charge Feb. 15. The jury deadlocked on the other charge on an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, according to one juror, but the Jeffco DA's office says it is confident it will get a conviction in a second trial.

  • Pas de deux: Mom, daughter work to instill confidence, success in performing arts students

    It’s difficult to picture Karen Tobey bent over a microscope engrossed in scientific research when you meet the energetic performing arts teacher, who co-owns the Colorado Children’s Theatre with her daughter Kerri Vickers.

    Tobey’s goal as a high school student was to be a scientist, and she slipped into a white smock in college. It was only later that she realized there must be another, more vocal way to “make a difference in the world.”

  • Pas de deux: Mom, daughter work to instill confidence, success in performing arts students

    It’s difficult to picture Karen Tobey bent over a microscope engrossed in scientific research when you meet the energetic performing arts teacher, who co-owns the Colorado Children’s Theatre with her daughter Kerri Vickers.

    Tobey’s goal as a high school student was to be a scientist, and she slipped into a white smock in college. It was only later that she realized there must be another, more vocal way to “make a difference in the world.”

  • Dog day afternoon: Firefighter pulls pooches from pond's perils

    When you need to get your cat out of a tree, call a firefighter. Turns out that works with dogs and ponds, too.

    About 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26, a pair of unlucky dogs were taking their constitutional outside Buchanan Recreation Center when, unwisely tasting the ice in the pond across from Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s station, they broke through and wound up in the drink. Trouble was, they couldn’t pull themselves back out.

  • Flying J patriarch dies at 93

    It is with great tenderness that Linda and Carol Schoonhoven remember the last three years of their father’s life. And they most fondly recall his baby blue eyes filled with mischief.

    As a professional pilot and rancher, John Schoonhoven’s early years were filled with experiences abroad flying for United Airlines along with time spent raising black angus cattle and horses at his Flying J Ranch on County Road 73.

  • Six in the running for four fire board seats

    Two new faces, Kenny Erhardt and Jeff Ashford, have entered the May 6 race for the four open seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District. Both are longtime members of the volunteer firefighters’ organization.

    They will be competing for the jobs against four incumbents who have decided to run again: Jeff deDisse, Charles “Chick” Dykeman, George Goldbach and Lloyd See.

  • A tie that binds: Jeffco leash law

    With an abundance of dogs living in close proximity to a healthy population of mountain lions, the number of confrontations, injuries and lion attacks on dogs is on the upswing in the Evergreen area.

    But that’s only one reason why it’s a good idea to keep dogs on leashes at all times. The other reason is that it is illegal to let a dog off leash almost everywhere in Jefferson County, except on privately owned property. The other exception is designated off-leash areas.

  • Curious critters invade Hiwan Homestead Museum

    For the next few weeks, visitors to the Hiwan Homestead Museum would do well to look sharp. The place is crawling with Naugas.

    What’s a Nauga? Imagine a throw pillow with 2-inch claws, big googly eyes and a broad, toothy grin, and you’ve got the flavor of it.

    “I think Naugas look like something from Monsters Inc.,” says Hiwan program coordinator Meghan McGinnes, “but I’ve heard people say they remind them of ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ ”

  • Paschall found not guilty of soliciting kickback

    More than a year after being indicted in an alleged kickback scheme when investigators produced a recording that seemed to suggest guilt, former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall was found not guilty of one of the felony counts he was facing.

    The second count — compensation for past official behavior — left the jury deadlocked, and lawyers will come together at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 to determine if that charge will be retried or dismissed.