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Local News

  • 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.

  • Parmalee's all-school play features more than 'bare necessities'

    Three months of extraordinary effort on the part of students and staff at Parmalee Elementary School paid off handsomely with the year-end production of “The Jungle Book,” which was performed May 1 and 2 by the entire student body.

    Music teacher Christine Gaudreau came up with the idea of an all-school play involving 200 students, and fellow educators at the school made it possible by offering so much support, she said.

  • Chief Hosa Lodge looking buff for 2008 wedding boom

    Genesee’s Chief Hosa Lodge is gearing up for a wedding-packed summer after a lawsuit and a two-year hiatus for renovations interrupted the festivities.

    The charming granite wedding pavilion and event center, just east of Evergreen at Interstate 70 Exit 253, reopened in late summer 2006 after being closed for renovations for two years.

    Although Chief Hosa Lodge is in Jefferson County, it is part of the Denver Mountain Parks properties and is managed by the Denver Park and Recreation District. The city purchased the land in 1913.

  • Pine beetle symposium scheduled

    It won’t be long before the flight season for the mountain pine beetle, causing anxiety for mountain area residents worried about the preservation of their trees.

    To that end, the Colorado State Forest Service and the Conifer Area Council are hosting a workshop at Conifer High School on May 12 to provide information about local infestations and to discuss how to mitigate potential impacts.

  • Doyle, Eggers elected to park district board

    Evergreen voters picked Janet Doyle and Peter Eggers to join the five-member board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in a regular election Tuesday, May 6.

    In winning the seat, Eggers regained the position he held from 1992 to 2004 before the two-term limit was in place.

    Doyle got the most votes, with 417. Eggers was second with 309, and Richard Whitehill collected 89 votes.

    Richard Wulf, the designated election official, said the turnout was average to maybe a little light for an election that didn’t involve a bond issue.