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  • Jeffco considers ban on openly carrying firearms in some county buildings

    It could soon be illegal to openly carry a firearm into certain Jefferson County buildings.

    The Sheriff's Office has asked the county commissioners to institute the ban in certain county buildings and properties. The ban would not prohibit a person with a concealed-carry permit from bringing a concealed weapon into county buildings.

  • Unraveling kinks in Evergreen's loop trail project

    A long-anticipated project to create a smooth connection between downtown Evergreen and the Lake Park has hit a couple of snags regarding permitting, which Scott Robson, Evergreen Park and Recreation District executive director, is in the process of unraveling.

    After working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to obtain a permit for the loop trail, Robson recently learned that a portion of the proposed trail path along Highway 74 is on Denver Mountain Parks land.

  • Sadie Hawkins dance at historic barn offers second annual chance to boogie

    More than 400 people who came to the first Boogie at the Barn at the Alderfer Ranch last fall can look forward to kicking up their heels again this Saturday, May 4.

    “Boogie is back for 2013 as a series of three great barn dances,” said Pandora Reagan, who is helping to organize the event with musician and partner John Erlandson.

    “In the tradition of the old barn dances and in celebration of spring, this first Boogie at the Barn of 2013 will be a Sadie Hawkins dance: ‘Gals ask guys,’ ” Reagan says.

  • Four fire board members retained in contentious recall election

    Evergreen residents overwhelmingly voted to retain four fire district board members in a contentious recall election spurred by the board’s decision to erect a fire-training building in Bergen Park.

    Approximately 6,500 voters responded “no” to the question on mail-in ballots asking if board members George Kling, Charles Simons, Jeff DeDisse and David Christensen should be recalled, according to results posted April 23.

  • Veterans memorial statue receives approval from park district board

    Evergreen veterans turned out in force at the April 23 meeting of the park district board to voice their support for a statue they are planning for the veterans’ memorial in Buchanan Park.

    After more than two hours of discussion, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board members voted 3-1 for the statue, which will depict a soldier with a rifle. The life-size statue will be placed at the Veterans’ Commemorative Walk, which is in a secluded section of the park.

  • Four fire board members retained in contentious recall election

    Evergreen residents overwhelmingly voted to retain four fire district board members in a contentious recall election spurred by the board’s decision to erect a fire-training building in Bergen Park.

    Approximately 6,500 voters responded “no” to the question on mail-in ballots asking if board members George Kling, Charles Simons, Jeff DeDisse and David Christensen should be recalled, according to results posted April 23.

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  • Economic-development group seeks more funds from county

    The Jefferson County Economic Development Corp. is about to announce a new initiative designed to bring the county more than 7,500 full-time jobs over a five-year period — but it would cost taxpayers another $100,000 annually on top of the $300,000 the EDC already receives.

  • Sheriff addresses hot issue with ‘joke’

    Sheriff Ted Mink is characterizing as “a joke” his comment that “we could have a fire” if a government agency requested access to his records on concealed-carry permits for handguns in Jefferson County.

    Mink made the remark while speaking along with Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener to a March meeting of the 285 Corridor Tea Party. In response to a question from the audience about another government agency gaining access to those records with a warrant, Mink said: "We could have a fire. I mean, it happens."

  • Author to present haunting glimpse of ghost towns in the Rockies

    The tale of a ghost named Annabelle Stark who haunts the deserted town of St. Elmo in Chaffee County will be among stories that author Preethi Burkholder will tell during her presentation at the Timbervale Barn in Evergreen on April 27.

    “Rocky Mountain ghost towns are filled with chilling but captivating stories,” she said.

    While relating stories from her book “Ghost Towns of the Rockies,” Burkholder will discuss the former mining economy, which established them and later led to their demise.