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  • Sheriff's Calls

    A crime of inches

  • MacBean arraignment delayed till January

    A district judged granted a continuance Monday in the arraignment for the embezzlement case of former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean.

    Judge Jeffery Pilkington delayed the arraignment hearing until Jan. 27 after Dave Thomas, MacBean’s attorney, requested the continuance.

    “At that time, I would expect either a disposition or a not-guilty plea,” Pilkington said.

    Thomas said he requested additional time because of the significance and severity of the charges MacBean is facing.

  • County commissioners finalize 2014 budget

    Jeffco has finalized its 2014 budget, but the county commissioners warned the future fiscal outlook is grim and that cuts could be on the horizon in 2015 and beyond.

    The commissioners voted 2-1 vote to approve a $350.5 million operating budget for 2014. The spending plan includes a 1.5-mill increase in the county's property-tax levy and a 3 percent merit increase for county employees. 

  • State agency seeking input on elk herd management

    Elk are an all-too-familiar sight for Evergreen residents. Wandering herds graze in yards, eat garden vegetables and create traffic backups as they cross busy roads. Recently an Evergreen elk cow made the news when she tried her luck on a resident’s trampoline as her long-legged companions watched.

    “How do we control the elk population in Evergreen?” Reid DeWalt of Colorado Parks and Wildlife asked during a recent community meeting on the issue. “It’s kind of like herding cats. We pretty much let them do what they want to do.”

  • King-Murphy Elementary closed Tuesday after minor fire

    King-Murphy Elementary School was closed Tuesday after a small fire in the boiler room on Monday forced students and teachers to be transported to Clear Creek High/Middle School.

    A compressor caught fire, and a maintenance worker at the school put it out with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived about 1:30 p.m., according to Doug Saba, a spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

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  • Merchants hope for big doings locally on Small Business Saturday

    Evergreen businesses are hoping residents will think local this weekend by shopping here.

    They hope holiday shoppers will stay away from the big-box stores on Black Friday and online shopping on Cyber Monday. Instead, they want residents to consider unique gifts that smaller shops offer as part of Small Business Saturday.

    The Saturday shopping day was started in 2010 by American Express to give local businesses their own Black Friday sales day. The event asks shoppers across the country to spend money at locally owned and operated stores.

  • Deed error delays repairs to downtown lot

    The Great Parking Lot Mystery has been solved.

    In September’s flooding, the most visible damage in downtown Evergreen resulted from the sidewalk, retaining wall and parking lot across from the CenturyLink building being washed into Bear Creek.

    Since then, warning tape has cordoned off the area, but permanent repairs have not been done because it was unclear what entity owned the property — all due to a clerical error.

  • Repairs to Indian Hills fire station an upcoming concern

    While reviewing a draft of the 2014 budget for the Indian Hills Fire Protection District, board member Scott Kellar said that resources for repairing the fire station need to be determined.

    “The bond was not successful,” he said during a discussion at the Nov. 20 fire board meeting. “We need to talk about short-term things that need to be resolved.”

  • Evergreen Fire Protection District finalizes 2014 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District will take a hit in property-tax revenue in 2014, but divisions have pruned expenses and made adjustments to savings plans to compensate.

    Fire Chief Mike Weege reported that 2014 will see a 5 percent reduction in property-tax revenue from Jefferson County, and a 1 percent decline from Clear Creek — resulting in about $400,000 less to work with, he said.