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Today's News

  • Biglen resigns from Elk Creek board

    Tim Biglen, the embattled president of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District board, has resigned rather than face a recall election.
    Biglen sent a one-sentence e-mail to the other four board members on Tuesday night, saying simply that he resigned from the board, according to Mike Rogers, the board’s vice president.
    Biglen had until Tuesday to resign. If he had not resigned, a date for a recall election would have been set. His resignation saves the fire district several thousand dollars in election costs.
    Biglen could not be reached for comment.

  • Let’s cut first, then tax later

    Last week, Colorado voters roundly rejected a slate of proposed tax increases. The largest of these, Proposition 103, would have raised state income taxes from the current 4.63 percent to 5 percent for five years. Had it passed, the state legislature would have decided how to spend the proceeds on education.
    Voters said “no” by nearly a two-to-one margin.

  • Surf scoter a rare sight at Evergreen Lake

    Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 2, Loie Evans identified an immature surf scoter on Evergreen Lake. No matter how good a birder you are or how sure you are of your identification, it is always a good idea to have at least one other person see and identify a rare bird.

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  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.

  • Doing good under the hood

    The Foothills chapter of the National Charity League spent a Saturday afternoon recently trying to debunk some of the mysteries of car maintenance for a half dozen moms and their teenage daughters.

    The group gathered at Lexota in El Rancho to get two hours of car know-how such as how brakes work, how to check oil and brake fluid, how to change a tire, and how to jump a car battery.

  • Bergen Village will be a window to the holidays for area students

    The holiday season kicks off in Bergen Park on Nov. 18 when the merchants in Bergen Village host what they are calling Fifth Avenue Evergreen.

    Area schools have been invited to decorate the windows of the center’s businesses, reminiscent of a tradition years ago when shop windows were painted to welcome the holiday season.

  • Bergen Elementary celebrates 40-year anniversary

    It was all about memories and bringing the community together for those who attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Bergen Elementary School last weekend.

    Former teachers and principals remembered their time at the school, the students they taught, the time spent remodeling the school in the mid-‘80s, and the colleagues who are still lifelong friends.

    Former students remembered the teachers who taught them reading, writing and arithmetic, the friends they made, and the fun they had on the playground.

  • Term limits eliminated for Indian Hills fire board

    Term limits for members of the Indian Hills fire board were scrapped in a close election Nov. 1 with a 13-vote margin.

    It took until Friday before an unofficial winner could be announced. The official results will be declared Nov. 9; with only six ballots still in question, the outcome won’t change, according to Josh Liss, deputy of elections for Jefferson County.

    Of the approximately 1,110 eligible voters, 255 voted to eliminate term limits, and 242 wanted to keep the two-term cap.

  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.