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Local News

  • Driver turns self in after deputy is injured in hit-and-run at accident scene

    The driver suspected of hitting a sheriff's deputy Wednesday evening at the scene of a massive pileup on eastbound I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit turned himself in to the State Patrol about 2 a.m. Thursday.

    Robert Landsperg, 64, was arrested and issued four misdemeanor citations, according to Trooper Josh Lewis with the State Patrol. Landsperg was driving a 2014 silver Mitsubishi Mirage that is suspected of hitting Deputy Sheila Kirin, who was on duty at the accident scene. 

  • May election canceled by Evergreen Fire District

    A May election won't be necessary in the Evergreen Fire Protection District, after one of three candidates for two board seats dropped out.

    According to Carol Hucker, human resources and office manager, the district officially canceled the election March 21 after Brian Gamboa withdrew his candidacy.

    While reasons for Gamboa’s withdrawal were not disclosed, his exit from the race essentially “elects” the other two candidates — current board vice president David Christensen and Dr. James Mosby.

  • Planning panel member is re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    Commissioner slams RTD over Golden light-rail crossing

    County Commissioner Don Rosier on March 22 expressed outrage about the light-rail crossing at West Sixth Avenue and Johnson Road near the county courts building, which he described as dangerous.

    Rosier said he has sent e-mails to the Regional Transportation District about the crossing, where he says the train often crosses Johnson Road even when oncoming traffic has a green light.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.

  • EPRD seeks comments on Marshdale playground plan

    About 25 people attended a community meeting hosted by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District at the picnic pavilion  in Marshdale Park March 10 to discuss replacing the park's 20-year-old playground equipment.

    The rec district has a total of $285,000 to invest in the renovation, including a $95,000 grant from Jeffco Open Space and $185,000 in park-district funds approved in the 2016 budget. 

  • Survey says: Buffalo Park Community Garden

    The results of a computer survey have been tallied, and the name of the new garden near Wilmot Elementary School will be Buffalo Park Community Garden.

    “Buffalo Park” received 63 percent of the votes. The other choices in descending order of preference were Wilmot Community Garden, Evergreen Community Garden at Wilmot Elementary, Common Grounds Garden, Legacy Natural Garden and Park, and Hatch Heritage Park and Garden.

  • Alderfer barn judged to be worthy of variety of uses

    The Alderfer barn is apparently sturdy enough and could be used for a variety of things, according to an engineering study commissioned by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District last year. 

    Located at the entrance to Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park, the barn was built in the 1970s with volunteer labor and, along with the ranch house and trails, is owned by Jefferson County Open Space. The park district has leased and maintained the structure for the last 25 years. 

  • Local company awarded contract to dredge Evergreen Lake

    The board of directors of the Evergreen Metropolitan District voted March 16 to award a contract for dredging Evergreen Lake to ESCO Construction of Evergreen. 

    The project is expected to take four months, with a possible start date in May, depending on how long it takes to set up the equipment.