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  • Water rights issue surfaces at Buchanan Park ponds

    The two ponds beside Buchanan Rec Center are stocked with trout and are popular among Evergreen residents and visitors who like to try their luck fishing.

    The source of water for the ponds is Troublesome Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek that flows under the Highway 74 overpass near the property in Bergen Park.

    Since Buchanan Park was developed in the early 2000s, maintaining water for these small lakes has not been a significant issue.

  • Commissioners set to extend moratorium on retail pot sales

    Jeffco has taken the first steps in extending a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales until 2016.

    The moratorium currently in place prohibits commercial marijuana sales, grow operations or manufacturing, but is set to expire on Feb. 1, 2015. The county commissioners will vote at a public hearing Dec. 9 on extending the ban until Jan. 1, 2016.

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  • Elected officials say hello, goodbye

    Conifer residents recently said goodbye to outgoing elected officials and were greeted by their replacements.

    “Thank you for the support you’ve always shown me,” said Jeffco County Commissioner Don Rosier. “I’ve always been impressed with Conifer and how you always come together as a community.”

  • Indian Hills fire board trimming proposed 2015 budget to decrease shortfall

    The board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District looked at ways to reduce spending during a hearing on the 2015 budget on Nov. 19.

    The proposed 2015 budget for the fire district shows approximately $297,000 in projected income and nearly $369,000 in expenses.

    The projected shortfall of nearly $72,000 for 2015 is substantially less that the $97,000 deficit projected for this year — an amount that Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson said was budgeted, but was not actually used, in 2014.

  • Jeffco Public Health proposes changes to septic rules in Indian Hills

    In some areas of Indian Hills, an outright prohibition on septic systems exists because of a Jefferson County regulation dating from 1979.

    To allow development on four properties along Parmalee Gulch Road, the Jeffco Board of Health is considering removing them from the list prohibiting septic systems.

    These lots include tracts J, K and L of Alpine Village and Lot 15, Block 1, fifth filing, Indian Hills.

  • Fire district plans new user fees to offset revenue drop

    Evergreen Fire Protection District officials plan to add new user fees and to increase existing fees by up to 15 percent to offset an expected drop in property-tax revenue in 2015.

    Probably the biggest proposed fee — fire officials plan to charge drivers $500 for traffic accidents the district responds to, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. Only drivers who live outside the district would be charged, since they don’t the pay property taxes that make up the majority of the fire district’s revenue. 

  • Getting crafty at the Humphrey Museum

    Gathered in the farmhouse at the Humphrey History Park and Museum, participants in a craft program were creating holiday table decorations on Nov. 19. Using paper, silk leaves and gold spray paint, they transformed everyday materials into glittering décor.

    Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum, was leading the class while taking a break from managing the farm, which includes goats and chickens that need care and feeding.

    Upcoming classes at the museum on Soda Creek Road include making snow globes and soaps.

  • Park board fine-tunes 2015 budget for district

    While reviewing a third draft of the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Nov. 18, board members suggested changes to accurately reflect expenditures in the coming year.

  • Conifer icon Norm Meyer dies

    Norm Meyer Sr., 97, an iconic figure in the Conifer area, died Friday in his sleep.

    Meyer, whose ranch property and Midway House act as a gateway into the Aspen Park area, also was an avid pilot. He and the community bid farewell to his Cessna 180 in August 2010 as it flew to its new home in Hotchkiss on the Western Slope. He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011.