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  • 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.

  • Bootstraps scholarship and loan application available online Dec. 1

    An application for scholarships and interest-free loans will be available on the website of Evergreen-based Bootstraps, www.bootstrapsinc.org, beginning Dec. 1. High school students planning to pursue higher education in the fall of 2016 must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

    • Graduating from Evergreen, Conifer, Gilpin County, Platte Canyon, or Clear Creek High School in May 2016.

  • Mountain lions kill peacocks at Squaw Pass residence

    Mountain lions attacked and killed three prized peacocks at the Holmes residence on Squaw Pass in recent weeks.

    Alerted by a neighbor who heard a commotion outdoors, Hunter Holmes encountered mountain lions on his property for the second time a couple of weeks ago. He was able to chase away a cougar that was standing on top of the pen containing the peacocks.

  • Park board considers phone survey to gauge support for rec center expansion

    If the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board decides to move forward with a phone survey, a sampling of district residents will be asked their opinion about plans to expand Buchanan Rec Center.

    EPRD staff is recommending nearly $9 million in improvements to the rec center — an amount that would require a property-tax increase, which district residents would need to approve in an election. The improvements would provide additional recreational opportunities and space for people who use district facilities.

  • Authorities corral aggressive cow on I-70

    An aggressive cow standing on Interstate 70 Friday afternoon forced a 10-minute closure of the eastbound lanes near the Lookout Mountain exit while Jeffco deputies and animal control officers rounded up the boisterous bovine.

    The "big black cow (was) standing on the highway, (and) was somewhat aggressive with vehicles," said sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.