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  • Candidates turn out in force to meet Evergreen voters

    More than 100 people nearly filled the Lake House on Thursday night, Oct. 2, for a candidate forum, despite competition from the high-profile vice presidential debate on TV.

    The forum was sponsored by the Canyon Courier and the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, with Shelly DeWitt of DeWitt Strategic Solutions as moderator.

    Chamber personnel booked the Lake House more than a month before the announcement that Sarah Palin and Joe Biden would debate on national TV the same night.

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway closes for season

    The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America, was closed for the season on Oct. 6.

    The road is closed at the Echo Lake entry station, 12 miles southwest of exit 240 on Interstate 70. The road is scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

    Many other roads and trails are still open in the Clear Creek Ranger District. To get information on other places to enjoy the national forest, stop by the Clear Creek Ranger District office, or call 303-567-3000.

  • 'Cabin-baby' couple get prison time

    More than a year after it began in fire and ruin, Jefferson County’s chapter in the strange and unhappy tale of Summer Lynn Baker and Gregory Allen Leon may finally have drawn to a close. Last week, the one-time “Cabin Baby” parents received long prison sentences for crimes committed during their short stay in Evergreen.

  • Bergen Park condos go back on market under new owner

    The long-vacant 24-unit condo complex at the Highway 74 turnoff to Bergen Park staged a grand opening last week under a new owner, a Broomfield-based real estate investment company.

    On Thursday, Oct. 2, the new owners debuted the project to the public for the first time at a festive open house complete with jazz ensemble, wine and buffet banquet in a fully furnished model.

    A lot of landscaping and cleanup work has been done to make the area come to life after a two-year period of dormancy.

  • Not-so-innocent prank crosses the line

    Driving south on Barkley Road about 9:30 on a Saturday night, John wasn’t expecting any trouble, but trouble is exactly what he got. Truth be told, he feels lucky he didn’t get more trouble than he could handle.

    “I’d just been to the King Soopers, and I was heading home,” recalls John, who asked that his last name not be used. “I remember this small white car approaching me from the other direction, and as it passed by there was this loud bang — really loud.”

    Startled and shaken, he pulled to the shoulder and stopped.

  • Candidates discuss community plans, immigration at forum

    The question of how closely Jefferson County should follow community plans took center stage at a forum for political candidates Oct. 2 at the Evergreen Lake House.

    District 2 county commission candidate Jason Bane, a Democrat, seized on the issue to turn up the heat on his opponent, Republican incumbent Kevin McCasky.

    "Community plans must be respected," Bane said. "There were a couple of cases where, by and large, they were ignored."

  • A new home for Jeffco's homeless pets

    When it comes to replacing Jeffco’s aging and crowded animal shelter, County Commissioner Kevin McCasky has set an ambitious goal: Groundbreaking for the new $9 million facility will take place by Nov. 1.

    "How's that for an optimistic schedule?" McCasky asked the assembled crowd Oct. 1 at the northwest corner of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, where the 30,000-square-foot shelter will be built. The Table Mountain Animal Center — the name of the current shelter and of the new one — serves Jefferson County and its municipalities.

  • Fire destroys large home in Brook Forest Estates

    A wind-whipped fire destroyed a three-story wood-frame home in Brook Forest Estates on Oct. 4.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

    A couple of neighbors noticed smoke and flames and called in the alarm at 3:23 p.m. Saturday. The first two firefighters to arrive, at 3:27, were Deputy Chief Jeff Ashford and Matt Swinden, a neighbor and rookie volunteer firefighter, said Chief Garry DeJong of Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

  • Q&A with HD25 candidate Andrew Scripter

    How much money have you raised from donors?

    To date, our campaign has raised $ 23,471  and we have had 207 individuals contribute to our campaign.

    How much of your own money have you contributed to your campaign?

    About $15,000

     

    What should be the role of state government?

  • Q&A with HD25 candidate Cheri Gerou

    How much money have you raised from donors?

    As of Sept. 4, $49,507.00

    How much from your own resources?

    $45,000

    What should be the role of state government?

    I believe the state government should:

    • protect the rights of the individual, including the education of our children to give our kids the tools to succeed in a global economy; protect the rights of the free enterprise system to keep Colorado friendly to business and job growth;