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  • Festival of Lights celebrates Hanukkah in Evergreen community

    The community is invited to the annual Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah, at Evergreen Lake on Dec. 10. Hosted by three Jewish congregations, the event will include a menorah lighting, seasonal Hanukkah music, activities for children and refreshments at the Lake House.

    Denver-based cantor Joel Lichterman will lead the menorah lighting in song and blessings. State Sen. Tim Neville, along with local rabbis and other dignitaries, will light candles on the menorah.

  • Developer sought for mixed-use project in El Rancho

    With rezoning in place for the project, the owner of a 4.5-acre property in El Rancho is hoping to find a developer interested in bringing the concept for One El Rancho Place into reality.

    Jeffco's county commissioners recently approved rezoning from restricted commercial-1 to planned development for property owned by George DeMarsico, allowing the plan to move forward.

  • Dog fatally shot in Evergreen family's yard

    While grieving the loss, an Evergreen family is trying to find out who shot their dog, a golden retriever who had been with them for nine years.

    Bob Cole said the dog was in the yard about 50 feet from his home in Witter Gulch when someone shot him on Nov. 12 about 4 p.m.

    Cole’s son was home at the time of the shooting and heard the dog cry out in pain, he said. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, but he was so badly wounded that he died a couple of days later.

  • Trotting together in frigid weather

    Falling snow and frigid temperatures didn’t keep people in Evergreen from participating in the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach on Thanksgiving morning. 

    “Despite the adverse weather, over 400 people participated, with 37 registering the morning of the trot,” said Lori Frease, event organizer.

  • Securities Board recommends no action against Journey pastor

    Three members of the Colorado Securities Board have recommended in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire, calling a state investigation that sought to have him banned from selling securities “much ado about nothing.”

    Cheshire, who led the Conifer-area congregation until it disbanded last year, was brought before the board after a Division of Securities investigation accused him of securities fraud and asked for an administrative cease-and-desist order to prevent him from selling securities in Colorado again.

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.

  • Owners of Evergreen Academy seek rezoning for lodge

    The owners of Evergreen Academy are seeking rezoning of the property on Alabraska Lane to create hotel-style rooms for overnight guests on the upper level of the building, which they are calling “the lodge.”

    The property is currently zoned as Planned Development, but overnight accommodations are not a permitted use.

  • Indian Hills Fire expects revenue boost in 2016

    A sizable budget boost that the Indian Hills Fire Protection District is set to see in 2016 as a result of higher property valuations will largely pay for long-deferred repairs to the decades-old station, board members have decided. 

  • Indian Hills Fire expects revenue boost

    A sizable budget boost that the Indian Hills Fire Protection District is set to see in 2016 as a result of higher property valuations will largely pay for long-deferred repairs to the decades-old station, board members have decided.

    The boad anticipates an 18 percent increase in the district’s total income in 2016, thanks to an anticipated $53,500 boost in property-tax revenue. Board members decided to set aside $27,500 to replace siding and eradicate black mold at the fire station when they finalized the 2016 budget in a Nov. 18 meeting.

  • Owners of Evergreen Academy seek rezoning for lodge

    The owners of Evergreen Academy are seeking rezoning of the property on Alabraska Lane to create hotel-style rooms for overnight guests on the upper level of the building, which they are calling “the lodge.”

    The property is currently zoned as Planned Development, but overnight accommodations are not a permitted use.

    Roger and Eileen Himes of Castle Rock and Louise and Steve Stucky of Evergreen have submitted a preliminary application to Jeffco Planning and Zoning, which Jeffco planner Heather Gutherless is managing.