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Today's News

  • County commissioners reject vacation-rental plea

    At the Sept. 29 commissioners’ meeting, Kathy Hartman, Faye Griffin and Kevin McCasky voted against the rezoning, which had been in the works for about a year.

    “The Planning and Zoning Department is looking at alternative methods of legalizing short-term rentals,” Hartman said. “A rezoning action allows short-term rental in perpetuity, even if the land is sold. We would have no ability to regulate the quality of operator.”

    Griffin said she realized the importance of balancing earning a livelihood against the rights of the neighborhood.

  • Arts center study results to be unveiled Oct. 20

    The results of a study exploring the costs and benefits of a combination arts center/community center in Buchanan Park will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 during a work session by the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The meeting, at Buchanan Rec Center, will be open to the public, and public comment will be taken.

    The district commissioned Economic Planning Systems Inc. of Denver earlier this year to gauge the demand for an arts-oriented development and the costs associated with its construction.

  • Evergreen man sentenced in child abuse case

    A 28-year-old Evergreen man was sentenced Oct. 9 to 22 years in prison for abuse of his girlfriend’s baby. The 2-year-old girl suffered severe head trauma, causing her to lose her sight, as well as bruises all over her body.

    According to a news release from the Jefferson County district attorney’s office, Shane Michael Kendall was caring for the child while his girlfriend, Aislynne Edwards, was at work. Edwards had known Kendall for four months. He had lived in a mobile home with Edwards and her three daughters, all under age 8, for about three weeks.

  • Meetings set on draft county land use plan

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division will host a series of open houses to provide information to the public on the revised draft of the county comprehensive land use plan.

    The plan is available for viewing on the planning division’s website.

    The planning commission considered a second reading of plan at a regular meeting Oct. 7. Several members of the public made comments, but no action was taken.

    The planning commission still has the opportunity to make comments and direct staff to conduct additional analysis or reconsider objectives and strategy.

  • 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.