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  • Motorists escape injury in head-on collision

    No one was hurt in a head-on collision involving a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe and a 2005 Chevy Impala on Highway 74 east of Meadow Drive about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

    The road was closed in both directions from 3:49 p.m. to 4:23 p.m., while the two cars were untangled.

    The driver of the Chevy, Clifton Funches, 19, of Evergreen was traveling east on Highway 74 when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and hit the Hyundai, driven by Zach Yearout, 16, of Golden, according to Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol.

  • Church concessions face chilly reception

     A Lookout Mountain church with a congregation of about 300 has downsized its controversial expansion plans from a maximum of 46,000 square feet gross floor area to 30,000 square feet.

    But the church continues to face vehement opposition from the surrounding neighborhood and its umbrella homeowner association, Canyon Area Residents for the Environment. CARE objects to a 660-person meeting hall, the impact on Sunday traffic, noise, and possible effects on fire safety and ambulance rescue.

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  • Former county commissioner Congrove dies

    Former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove, a sometimes-controversial Republican who served a single term in the county, died Jan. 10 due to heart failure.

    Congrove, a former police officer who served terms in the state House and Senate prior to election as a commissioner in 2004, opted not to run for re-election in 2008. During his time as a commissioner, Congrove was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners and chairman of the law enforcement authority board.

  • Park district wins $150,000 to spruce up Wulf Park

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was awarded a $150,000 grant from by the Jefferson County Open Space Division to renovate and replace the playground at the Wulf Recreation Center.

    The money goes to supplement a proposed $400,000 improvement project, encompassing basketball, skateboarding and tennis at Wulf Park.

    The grants still have to be approved by the county commissioners.

  • Family fun center may replace Bergen 7 Theaters

    A group of local investors has purchased the former AMC movie theater complex at 1204 Bergen Parkway and plans to expand and remodel it into a family fun center, including bowling alleys, an arcade, billiards and a sports bar.

    A new funplex could give an economic boost to the businesses in the nearby Bergen Village Shopping Center, which now has the large empty movie theater building at its gateway.

  • Heated debate over Bear Creek water temperature

     Bear Creek, the waterway that feeds the Evergreen area from Mount Evans to Kittredge and beyond, is back on the list of the state’s impaired streams after water-quality authorities examined data showing the temperature levels were above the limit on two occasions in 2010.

    In one case, the increase exceeded the standard by 0.01 degree Celsius, and in the other case it was 0.41 degree Celsius, both of which are less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Both cases were based on a weekly average, one ending July 27 and one ending Aug. 2 in 2010.

  • County seeks citizen input on elections

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder is seeking public comment about whether the 2012 primary election should be held as an all-mail election. The public comment period ends Jan. 30. There will be a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 31.

    The 2010 primary was the first primary conducted by mail ballot in Jefferson County. It resulted in a record-breaking turnout and cost half a million dollars less than the previous polling place election in 2008.

    In 2008, 94 percent of the voters chose to vote by mail.

  • Eastbound I-70 cleared at Chief Hosa

    All  lanes going east at Chief Hosa near milemarker 253 were open at 3 p.m. following an accident at 1:37 p.m.

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