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Today's News

  • Bugged by litter: Evergreen couple round up a trove of trash in gulley by Safeway

    It's one thing to pick up the trash on your own street, but it's an entirely different level of selfless citizenship to pick up the highway and shopping center debris cluttering a steep ditch next to a public parking lot.

    The ditch is full of rocks, roots and branches, making the footing treacherous, but the litter is attracted to the rock-walled gulley as if it’s a giant Dumpster. The average motorist or passer-by can't really see the extent of the mess.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    And the mountain communities were hit even harder than the county overall by the general residential-housing malaise and price depreciation.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

  • Metro District to replace stretch of 1-inch water main

    The Evergreen Metro District is planning to replace 270 feet of the old 1-inch water main with a 6-inch pipe between 3000 and 3837 Ponderosa Drive this spring.

    The line will be extended 200 additional feet and a fire hydrant installed at the end near the United Methodist Church, 3757 Ponderosa Drive. The two residential properties now on the old line will be provided service through a temporary bypass line while the line is under construction.

  • Construction work slated for auto-sorter at Evergreen Library

    Construction work will begin the week of May 16 to get the Evergreen Library ready for installation of an automated book sorter in June. Library patrons can expect minor changes to the entryway and upgrades to the book drop areas.

    The sorter is scheduled to be installed the week of June 27. The machine will automate the process of accepting returned materials, sorting into categories and updating patron records.

    The Evergreen Library will maintain normal operating hours during the installation. The sorter is expected to be fully operational in July.

  • Park district board to get update on master plan on May 24

    GreenPlay LLC, the company compiling the new park district master plan, will present its initial findings on Tuesday, May 24, as part of the regular monthly board meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. The meeting begins at 6 pm. at Buchanan Recreation Center.

    GreenPlay, hired in December to perform the $50,000 analysis, has completed about 25 percent of the project as of April 11 and is on schedule to provide final results by the end of the summer.

  • Gerou's greener-housing incentive bill passes legislature

    A bill sponsored by state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, encouraging home sellers to update their houses with energy-saving improvements cleared the House and Senate, and the governor is expected to sign it.

    House Bill 1160 would create the Green Building Incentive Pilot Program under the Governor's Energy Office.

  • Foothills Fire completes building under budget

    The Foothills Fire Protection District finished the second stage of its Rainbow Hill building project by saving enough money to vastly expand the concrete apron in front of the vehicle garage from 3,400 to nearly 16,000 square feet.

    The massive pour began the morning May 3 and involved about 20 cement trucks and a dozen laborers at the site next to the RTD Park-n-Ride in El Rancho.

  • Owner of Evergreen businesses accused of fraud, theft in investment schemes

    The owner of two Evergreen businesses, Mountain Computers Inc. and Mio Cafe, has been accused of fraud in connection with Mountain Computers and an investment program called "18 % Money."

    Israel S. Mursuli, 58, also known as Steven Mursuli, allegedly solicited funds for the expansion of his computer business in exchange for common stock.

    He is accused of taking more than $1 million from investors in two scams in violation of the Colorado Securities Act.

  • Owner of Evergreen businesses accused of fraud, theft in investment schemes

    The owner of two Evergreen businesses, Mountain Computers Inc. and Mio Cafe, has been accused of fraud in connection with Mountain Computers and an investment program called "18 % Money."
    Israel S. Mursuli, 58, also known as Steven Mursuli, allegedly solicited funds for the expansion of his computer business in exchange for common stock.  
    He is accused of taking more than $1 million from investors in two scams in violation of the Colorado Securities Act.

  • School district budget cuts 153 teaching jobs

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday officially approved the 2011-12 budget, which slashes nearly $40 million and 212 full-time jobs, including 153 teaching positions.

    A 3 percent pay cut for all district staff, achieved through two furlough days and four fewer non-student-contact days, represents the largest chunk of the cuts — 42 percent, or $16 million.

    Also approved was a potential suspension of the popular sixth-grade Outdoor Lab Schools program, the implementation of student transportation fees and an increase in athletic fees.