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Today's News

  • Ballot measures assailed at local gathering

    Colorado would be in more economic trouble than it already is if voters pass the three tax-slashing measures on the November ballot, a political consultant told a group recently at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    Amendment 60 would cancel voter-authorized TABOR tax-limit overrides and require public entities like airports and state colleges to pay property tax. Amendment 61 limits municipal borrowing to 10 percent of real property assessed value, among other things, and Proposition 101 virtually eliminates vehicle fees and telephone taxes.

  • Evergreen man arrested after trash workers are menaced

    A local man was arrested June 30 on charges that he fired a shot from a handgun while trying to block a trash truck from leaving the driveway of a home on Gratitude Lane in Evergreen.

    Clifford Herman Farrell, 75, was charged with felony menacing and false imprisonment and released the next day on a personal recognizance bond. Farrell lives at 28998 Fleming Road in Evergreen, west of Highway 73 near South Blue Creek Road, north of the Flying J Ranch.

  • Park district hires supervisor of rec centers

     At 53, Bob Schmitz brings more than 30 years of experience to his new job of supervisor of facilities for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Schmitz has an office at Buchanan Rec center but is officially in charge of the Wulf Recreation Center as well.

    Schmitz oversees the front-desk operations, registration, room set-up, cleanliness, plumbing, heating, cooling and maintenance.

  • A fabulous Fourth

    There’s nothing better than a small-town Fourth of July celebration, and the Indian Hills Fire Department knows how to put on a really big pyrotechnics show.

    About 40 community members and volunteer firefighters helped make possible the day’s events, which included a pancake breakfast, parade, an AirLife helicopter landing, live music and, of course, the fireworks display.

  • Lakepoint Center seeks permission for patio cover, zoning update

    The owners of the Lakepoint Center business complex have submitted a preliminary application to amend the planned development to put a fixed awning over the patio of the Willow Creek restaurant, among other things.

    Josh Drexler, with the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division, outlined the proposal at a community meeting in late June in the conference room of Intero Real Estate Services, one of the businesses at the Lakepoint Center.

  • 10 days of events will bring Evergreen arts scene to life

    The arts are alive in Evergreen, and this year 10 consecutive days of events will prominently showcase the town’s performing and visual talents.

    Arts Alive! Evergreen was the spearheaded by Steve Sumner, executive director of the Center for the Arts, and the Evergreen Arts and Cultural Alliance, a group of volunteers who wanted to showcase the arts and culture of our mountain community in a week-long celebration.

  • County administrator’s firing linked to land purchase

      Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore was fired for refusing to cooperate with county officials in executing a land purchase linked to a legal settlement hidden from the public, documents obtained by the Columbine Courier show.

    Moore defied instructions to place the $1.4 million purchase of 19 acres near Dinosaur Ridge on a consent agenda last December, and he was fired shortly thereafter in a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners.

  • Area wildflowers are a hit now -- and even in 1871

    June has mostly been a beautiful month if you can overlook the troublesome hailstorm that shattered everyone’s

    garden last week.

    Hail is always likely in June. There is not much we can do about it. Sometimes a protective row cover will take the brunt of it and keep plants from being shredded so seriously, but I can’t recall a June that we haven’t had at least one destructive hailstorm. It is so regular that long ago I started calling June the hail month.

  • Spillover from a catastrophe

    There’s something singularly awful about watching the worst environmental disaster in our country’s history and knowing that, with all of America’s wealth and technological prowess, nothing has been done to prevent the ongoing catastrophe that threatens an entire way of life.

  • Cougars get late help from Moss, Gold

    CONIFER — Lute Moss, unlike his Evergreen teammates, hadn’t stood in the batter’s box against Conifer starting pitcher Steven Stick yet. But when the Cougars reserve got his first at-bat in the sixth inning he made the most of it.