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Today's News

  • Skateboard store moves to Bergen Park

    MOB Factory has closed its large indoor skate park on Bryant Drive, changed its focus to more retail sales and opened in a Bergen Park building next to the Whippletree.

    The business has gone more boutique style, focusing on clothes, art and skateboards, according to Kyle West, the store’s event coordinator and marketing director. Plus, the move to Bergen Park allows MOB Factory to be more visible.

    The MOB Factory shares space with JR Landscaping. Both businesses are owned by J.R. Iannaccone.

  • Park district endorses lake trail connection

    The Evergreen Lake Trail connection at the dam moved one step closer to reality Sept. 27 after the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted unanimously to adopt it as a district project.

    "It is not on district land. It is not in our budget. But it would be up to us to submit the grant without putting in any money," said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director, at a regular meeting of the board of directors.

  • Hearing on short-term vacation rentals postponed to Oct. 26

    The Jeffco Planning Commission has postponed a hearing on short-term vacation rentals to Oct. 26 instead of Oct. 5, to give it more time to work out the details of a potential zoning regulation that would allow the short-term rentals.

    Preliminary draft regulations would give the Board of Adjustment responsibility for granting a "Special Exception" for short-term rentals after passing a review and lengthy application process.

  • Lake concert series too commercial?

     

     

    The successful free summer concert series at Evergreen Lake is under scrutiny for being too commercial, at least in the opinion of park district board member Mark Footer.

    The concert series started in 1998 and has grown from attracting several hundred people a night to an enthusiastic audience of 800 to 1,000 every other Wednesday during the summer.

  • A child of the Great Depression

    Editor’s note: As our country fights its way out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Courier is remembering those who fought for their very survival through the days following Black Tuesday into the winds of the Dust Bowl and onto the beaches of the Second World War.

    What Ann Binkley remembers about the Great Depression is the hallmark of today's lingering recession. "There were basically no jobs," unless you were working for the railroad, Binkley said.

  • Albertsons eyes rezoning for vacant supermarket

    In another attempt to lease the empty Albertsons building, the owner is applying to Jefferson County for permission to allow a tenant bigger than 20,000 square feet and to eliminate the restriction on lumber yards and exterior sales and storage.

    A community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the store, 30931 Stagecoach Boulevard, in the shopping center off Evergreen Parkway. Chairs will be provided.

  • Elk Creek recall supporters say two-thirds of signatures collected

    More than two-thirds of the signatures needed to force a recall election of Elk Creek Fire Protection District board president Tim Biglen have been collected in the two weeks since the petition drive started.
    More than 200 signatures were collected in nine days, mostly by two dozen workers going door to door in the district. The group needs at least 300 signatures and has 60 days to collect them.

  • School board candidate forums

    • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge: City Council Chambers, Wheat Ridge United Neighborhoods

    • Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Golden: Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Ave., JUC Social Responsibility Council

    • Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lakewood: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W.20th Ave., Jeffco League of Women Voters

    • Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Littleton: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., League of Women Voters

  • Artists’ ideas keep new gallery vibrant

    Most art galleries are vibrant by nature — the walls packed with colorful or inspiring art that grabs the visitor’s attention. But not all galleries have a vibrant atmosphere in addition to eye-catching art. The Main Street Fine Art Gallery, the latest endeavor of the Evergreen Artists Association, is a lively gallery whose art as well as atmosphere change frequently thanks to a dedicated group of artists.

  • New state House map is unfair to Jeffco

    As this newspaper reported, last week, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission approved a map redrawing this state’s legislative districts. Not only does the map deprive Jefferson County of its allotted number of whole House seats, it carves up significant natural, cultural and administrative communities of interest.