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  • Paper or plastic? Jeffco voters have options

    Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson announced May 20 a plan to give Jefferson County voters more options on Election Day.

    Paper ballots will be available to voters at every Jeffco precinct polling location for the Aug. 12 primary and Nov. 4 presidential elections. Electronic touch-screen voting machines will also be available for voters who choose to use them.

  • EMS student fuels wave of patriotism

    Jeffrey Sahli, a student at Evergreen Middle School, loves his country, and he loves his country’s flag.

    The 14-year-old eighth-grader decided at the beginning of the school year that the American flag outside his school should be treated with more respect, and he’s been raising and lowering Old Glory every school day since, with the enthusiastic permission of principal Jane Sutera.

    Jeffrey’s desire to “serve his country” is a quiet commitment, not a way to seek recognition.

  • Finding freedom in the feminine: Belly dance is more than just glittering scarves and colorful veils

    Freedom, sisterhood, embracing the feminine. Those feelings radiated in the self-possessed smiles of belly dancers May 10 at a dance show and recital in Conifer. Their joy spread to an audience that reciprocated with cheers and applause.

    The Mountain Kahia Dancers performed 19 choreographed sets at Conifer High School in a visual feast of glittering hip scarves, glistening bellbottoms and colorful veils.

  • 2008 slash collection schedule

    June 14-15

    • Elk Creek Fire

    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Conifer High School

    10441 Highway 73

    • Inter-Canyon Fire and Indian Hills Fire

    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    ICFD Station No.3

    8445 S. Highway 285

    one block north of firehouse on Settlers Drive

    June 21-22

    •Evergreen Fire

    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Evergreen High School parking lot

    29300 Buffalo Park Road

    • Coal Creek Canyon Fire

    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Highway 72 and Camp Eden Road

    July 19-20

  • Looking out for the lookout: Group aims to save Squaw Mountain tower

    While much of the mountain area’s pioneering history is wonderfully accessible, some takes a little more effort to appreciate.

  • Former county attorney reportedly 'joked' about killing critic

    Former Jefferson County Attorney Frank Hutfless "joked" in 2006 about having a county critic who is suing Jeffco killed, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation report.

  • Town center emerging on C-470 near Red Rocks

    A massive development that aims to tie the commercial potential of a new C470 interchange at Alameda Parkway with a luxury Tuscan-style housing development is taking shape on the bluff east of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

    When it opens to the public as the Parade of Homes from July 26 to Labor Day, Solterra aims to change the image of the historic Rooney Valley by attracting tourists and eventually corporate campuses, retail spaces and jobs.

  • $200,000 grant will help build two sections of NEAT trail

    North Evergreen continues to get an activity trail, piece by piece thanks to a recent $200,000 grant.

    Two more pieces of the trail are expected to be built in the summer of 2009: One will link Evergreen Middle School and Bergen Meadow Elementary along Hiwan Drive; the other will link two other portions of the trail between the crosswalks on Bergen Parkway.

  • Spring storm knocks out power to thousands, closes schools

    Two mountain area schools were closed early May 13 during a spring snowstorm that cut power to thousands of residents.

    Roughly 4,000 thousand homes experienced intermittent power outages over a 12-hour period during the latest storm to hit the foothills, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Tom Henley.

    By midday May 13, power to most homes had been restored.

    Outages began soon after the storm hit late Monday, May 12. Sporadic outages continued through the morning hours of Tuesday.

  • District, Jeffco teachers reach agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association have come to a tentative agreement that guarantees a 2.7 percent pay increase and $1.4 million to help teachers with "workload issues."

    The deal also promises a 0.9 percent increase in the district's contribution to the Public Employees' Retirement Association. An additional 0.5 percent salary increase is promised if the district gets a mill-levy increase passed in November.

    The 2.7 percent cost-of-living increase will begin Sept. 1.