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  • Jeffco planners OK expansion of El Rancho storage facility

    Jeffco planners have recommended approval of a rezoning request for property in El Rancho to permit expansion of a storage facility — despite concerns of nearby residents about increased traffic on a private access road. 

    Nob Hill residents attending the rezoning hearing June 3 said they did not object to the expansion plan for A Storage Place on Industrial Way. However, they voiced concerns about increased traffic on Divide View Road, a narrow private road.

  • Suspects sought in vehicle break-in at Red Rocks

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects who broke into a car left overnight at Red Rocks Park last month.

    The car was in Red Rocks' lower north parking lot on May 24. The owner returned the next day and found the back window broken; an iPad, watch and purse containing credit cards and cash were stolen.

  • Wireless Internet company plans local transmission site

    Wireless Internet company Rise Internet may build a transmission site in the region to serve potential new customers.

    The move comes as CenturyLink recently added 96 Internet "openings" to its existing fiber-optic system for customers in the Witter Gulch neighborhood, said Mel Andrew, president of the EMERGE homeowner group, which is based in and around Upper Bear Creek.

    Comcast, the other main Internet provider in the area, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Two snowbound hikers rescued on Mount Evans

    Two brothers from the Denver area who got lost on a Mount Evans hike were airlifted out by helicopter Tuesday night after calling for help on a cell phone.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase. 

  • Kittredge hemp operation hosts informational meeting

    Two mothers talked about the potential benefits that hemp oil might have for their sons — both of whom suffer seizures and are in wheelchairs — while their sons listened.

    A U.S. Army veteran talked about how hemp oil has helped him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. A woman who formerly worked with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration who now is a research analyst also spoke. 

  • County official describes human-trafficking problem

    Human trafficking of youths is taking place in Jefferson County, Lynn Johnson, Jeffco's human services director, told a town hall meeting in Evergreen last Thursday.

     

    Johnson said boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are being kidnapped, raped, punished and beaten by sex traffickers who coerce them into prostitution.

    “It’s all about vulnerable populations. … It is a large industry that is going to take an army to stop,” Johnson said.

  • Slash collection program expanded in Evergreen, Indian Hills

    Jeffco has expanded its slash program this year, with additional sites available in Evergreen and Indian Hills where residents can bring yard debris for a fee of $20 per load.

    “The program is aimed at helping Jeffco residents rid their slash from forested areas and mitigate wildfire fuels,” said Bailey Becker, a Jeffco spokesperson.

  • Rec district still seeking to gauge support for Buchanan upgrades

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff is recommending nearly $9 million in improvements to the Buchanan Rec Center — an amount that would require a property-tax increase.

    Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, said the improvements under consideration are largely based on a survey of residents conducted by the park district in 2013.

  • 4th annual Barks and Belts promises a tail-wagging good time

     This year’s fourth annual Barks and Belts 5K race for dogs and their owners has added attractions.

     

    “This year we’re creating a street fair,” said Jackie Mohr, executive director of Drive Smart, which is sponsoring the event along with the Evergreen Animal Protective League.