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Today's News

  • Property owner misses deadline in Wah Keeney case

    Wah Keeney property owner Richard Morgan could be subject to a $500 fine in connection with a Spruce Road driveway project that does not meet county standards, after failing to file an answer to the county’s complaint.

    Morgan and Xcel Energy are being cited concurrently for earth-moving operations they conducted separately on Morgan’s property at 29592 Spruce Road in 2008 and 2009.

    Morgan hired an attorney, was granted an extension, then missed the deadline to file an answer.

  • Staying power: Vacationing locally offers personal, public benefits all year round

    Main Entry: stay·ca·tion

    Pronunciation: \^st-^k-sh(tm)n\

    Function: noun

    Etymology: blend of stay and vacation

    : a vacation spent at home or nearby

    — Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

    Like most of the trendy portmanteau words that crop up in the language from time to time — "smog," for example, or "netiquette" or (heaven help us) "Brangelina" — the term "staycation" easily becomes the mouth and more or less serves as its own definition.

  • Neighbors wary of vacationing renters

    Zoning authorities notified the owner that the rental activity is a violation of zoning regulations, and as of October the case had been turned over to the county attorney for a possible court hearing.

    As of Oct. 1, the house owned by Scott McCullough of Evergreen was still being advertised on Vacation Rentals by Owner, (www.vrbo.com) as the “Charming Cabin by the Lake.” The four-bedroom, two-bath house is within walking distance of Evergreen Lake and downtown. A week later on Oct. 9, the listing had been removed.

  • There’s more to turtles than shell games

    A reader of this column recently phoned to ask me if there were any turtles in Evergreen Lake.

    Yes, indeed, I have seen turtles in Evergreen Lake. However, turtles are far more common in the rivers and ponds on the plains, mostly below 5,500 feet.

  • Early money often tells the tale

    Emily’s List, an organization that was formed to support the election of pro-choice Democratic women, is named based upon what has become an increasingly true idiom of political campaigns. Emily stands for “Early money is like yeast.” Candidates’ ability to raise funds in the early stages of campaigns has something to do with how they will use that money in their campaigns, but has much more do to with how their campaigns are viewed by others.

  • Students stroll through the solar system

    The immensity of the solar system can be difficult for young students to grasp, but now Jeffco students can take a long and educational walk through the sun’s neighborhood.

    On Oct. 7, Jefferson County Schools unveiled one of two recently completed solar space walk exhibits at the Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory School.

  • All Americans own a piece of this prize

    While it took everyone by surprise — like a natural disaster — after my initial bewilderment, I decided to take stock of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Barack Obama. I am a legal immigrant to America, 10 years, silent lips, turning always the other cheek, giving always the second coat, observing always the laws of both my country of adoption and origin.

  • Some county officers should have one extra term

    This month, Jefferson County residents will receive mail ballots for the “odd year” election. Among other questions, we will be asked whether to extend term limits for certain county officers and the district attorney, not the county commissioners.

    These will be presented as two separate ballot questions. In both cases, a “yes” vote would extend limits from two consecutive four-year terms to three consecutive four-year terms.

    I plan to vote “yes” on both.

  • Evergreen sweeps Jeffco League meet

    LITTLETON — Not even a flat tire was going to slow down Bryn Haebe.

    Despite running without her right shoe for a mile, the Evergreen junior still outlasted all other Jefferson County League foes on Oct. 16.

    Thanks to an assist from her coach, Rob Wright, Haebe reclaimed her shoe, took a few seconds to re-attach it to her foot and continued on towards the finish line, where she crossed first in a time of 19 minutes, 23.6 seconds.

  • Evergreen Middle School student wins essay contest

    Casey Nicholls knew he had a good story to tell.

    While most middle-schoolers dread the thought of having to put pen to paper, Nichols loves the written word.

    So, the Evergreen MIddle School eighth-grader began to craft an essay that would be submitted for the "CU Winning Attitude" state-wide contest (presented by Qwest, Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and the University of Colorado) that would award $1,000 to the winner, who could use the money to donate to his school in any way he saw fit.