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  • Commissioners allocate $1.5 million in extra raises

    Jeffco's county commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $1.5 million in raises for county employees in several departments. 

    The $1.5 million, equal to a 1 percent raise, was included in the 2015 budget to address a rising attrition rate among county employees. The money is in addition to a 2 percent merit-based pay increase in the 2015 budget. 

  • 2014 in review: Changing of the guard in Evergreen

    From the local park district to state leadership, change swept through the Evergreen mountain air in 2014.

    GOP candidates prevail

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou’s decision not to seek re-election to a third term created an opportunity for two first-time contenders in House District 25. Evergreen Democrat Janet Doyle and GOP candidate Jon Keyser of Morrison campaigned for the seat along with Libertarian Jack Woehr.

  • Holiday business brisk in downtown Evergreen

    Downtown Evergreen merchants say the holiday shopping season went well in terms of sales — and business was still strong the weekend after Christmas.

    “I think we had a good season,” said Janice Stutters of Seasonally Yours. “We’re not quite to the end of it. All of the families visiting are out shopping.”

    Other shop owners also said business has been brisk during the holiday season, and especially during the days following Christmas.

  • Atomic bomb developer Simons dies at 92

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    In 1944, Sanford L. Simons had just graduated as a metallurgical engineer when he was drafted by scientists looking for the brightest minds they could find to help create the atom bomb that would go on to win World War II.

  • Group peddling Evergreen as Pro Challenge host

    What’s the best route through Clear Creek County for a nationally known bicycle race?

    A route that includes Evergreen, of course, according to Team Evergreen bike riders and other local supporters.

    But supporters found out Monday that Evergreen won't be part of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge race — a seven-day event held every August. Instead, the "people's choice" vote went to a route from Loveland to Fort Collins.

  • Residents near Conifer underserved by Evergreen park district, developer says

    Many Conifer area residents are paying taxes to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District for services they don’t use, says Ron Lewis, an area developer and landowner.

    Because of the driving distance from their homes in the U.S. 285 Corridor to park facilities in Evergreen, some residents find it easier to head down the hill to the Foothills Park & Recreation District, Lewis said.

    “You’ve got a lot of orphans in that area,” he said. “So they go to Foothills.”

  • Changes to Jeffco regulations for accessory dwelling units make them easier to build, rent

    Recent changes to Jeffco's zoning resolution for accessory dwelling units are designed to make them easier to build while defining responsibilities of owners renting them to tenants.

    Instead of requiring a Board of Adjustment hearing for an accessory dwelling unit, the new regulations allow approval through an administrative process in the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division.

  • Winter festivities, events at Evergreen Lake promise cold — and hot — fun

    Brave souls who take the annual plunge into the icy waters of Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Day will have an immediate opportunity to warm up. After emerging from the frigid depths, participants can jump into one of the hot tubs placed beside the lake, said Jackie Mohr of Drive Smart, the organization sponsoring the event. Beau Jo’s is sponsoring the two hot tubs, which can hold eight to 16 people, Mohr said.

  • Intruder killed by homeowner had contact with deputies four hours before

    The intruder killed by a Genesee homeowner last week had interacted with Jeffco sheriff's deputies four hours before the fatal shooting. 

    Garry Liebreth, 52, was shot and killed by a homeowner in Genesee after he crawled in the "doggie door" in an apparent botched robbery attempt on Dec. 12, according to the Sheriff's Office.

  • Jail inmate who suffered stroke awarded millions

    A former Jeffco jail inmate who was left untreated for 16 hours after suffering a stroke in 2012 has been awarded $11 million by a federal jury.