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  • Mountain tourism a mixed bag amid higher gas prices

    Last year, Leroy Turley of Lakewood spent five and a half weeks driving 6,000 miles from Colorado to the East Coast and back. This year, his RV is staying in the garage.

    The retiree, who was attending a family reunion at Chief Hosa Campground near Evergreen on July 12, said his vehicle gets 7 miles per gallon, and he can’t afford the rising gas prices on his Social Security income.

    “They aren’t going to give Social Security a raise,” Turley said, pondering the matter with other relatives on a recent Saturday morning. 

  • OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND

    For a listing of open houses this weekend in the area, refer to the Courier's printed real estate section, and check the Marketplace area of our home page.

  • Election officials pushing postal option

    Jeffco election officials are continuing to suggest that registered voters sign up to be permanent mail voters and join the 58 percent of registered county residents — 152,038 as of June 30 — who have chosen that option.

    Becoming a mail voter will help ease the Election Day burden at the polls and ensure that residents don’t feel rushed to vote, said Pam Anderson, Jeffco’s clerk and recorder. She added that many voters also have a hard time making it to their polling places on Election Day.

  • Asphalt shortage threatens paving projects statewide

    A nationwide asphalt shortage is jeopardizing road projects across the state during the peak of the 2008 paving season.

    "This caught us completely by surprise," said Jeff Kullman, a regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. "There are critical interstate projects we won't be able to deliver on."

    CDOT says 34 projects could be affected by the shortage.

    In the last two weeks, CDOT has learned from suppliers that there will not be enough asphalt to complete projects that have already gone out to bid.

  • Concerts and community mark Independence Day at Evergreen Lake

    Last Friday, as proud citizens from sea to shining sea gathered in backyards, town squares and city parks to honor the vast, sovereign community that is America, hundreds of local patriots celebrated the liberty-loving slice of it that is Evergreen by toasting the Republic with smiles, suds and Sousa at the Evergreen Music Festival’s star-spangled Fourth of July at the Lake.

  • Sheriff's employees get raises after all

    Jeffco sheriff's deputies and other employees at the sheriff's office have received a 3 percent raise, months after being told it wasn't possible.

    The raises were effective July 1.

    "The ability to effect this pay increase is possible in part because of the diligent management of our overtime resources," Sheriff Ted Mink said in a June 23 memo. "New scheduling plans and judicious management have enabled us to proved this pay increase within our existing budget."

  • Time travelers make a trip to commissioners' offices

    It was late in the workday July 2, and Pam Penton was getting ready to leave her job at the information desk just inside the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building.

    And then things turned weird.

    A man outfitted from head to toe in Revolutionary War regalia, accompanied by two children in similar garb, asked where he could find the commissioners’ offices. The man also was carrying an American flag on a 5-foot pole.

  • Third of four men pleads guilty to violating Samson's Law

    The third of the four men arrested Sept. 14, 2007, for illegally taking a bull elk in Evergreen pleaded guilty June 26, according to the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

    John Keith Johnson, 23, a resident of Idaho Springs, pleaded guilty to aggravated illegal possession of wildlife, illegal possession of wildlife and illegal taking of wildlife. Each count is an unclassified misdemeanor.

  • Parade, fireworks make for a raucous Fourth in Indian Hills

    In the 1920s, poet Lilian White Spencer described the tiny community of Indian Hills as a “sanctuary” bathed in beauty and romance, with a fierce, colorful past involving Native Americans who once camped and hunted in the area.

    Spencer, who had a summer cabin in Indian Hills, said the meadows and rolling hills, with breathless views of the Continental Divide, were a “scant hour by automobile from the tumults of civilization.”

  • The hills were alive: Parade, fireworks make for a raucous Fourth in Indian Hills

    In the 1920s, poet Lilian White Spencer described the tiny community of Indian Hills as a “sanctuary” bathed in beauty and romance, with a fierce, colorful past involving Native Americans who once camped and hunted in the area.

    Spencer, who had a summer cabin in Indian Hills, said the meadows and rolling hills, with breathless views of the Continental Divide, were a “scant hour by automobile from the tumults of civilization.”