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Today's News

  • Presidential inauguration an exhilarating experience

    Although they never got close enough to see the new president, those who made the trek to Washington from Evergreen for Inauguration Day were not disappointed.

    “It was so inspiring,” said Janet Heck Doyle, who attended the Sunday concert. “There were all these people you see on TV and the themes of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.

    “The setting was so cool. There was the statue of Lincoln looming over, like he was blessing the whole thing,” Doyle said.

  • Rezoning sought for half acre near Evergreen South center

    Developer Ron Lewis of Evergreen is seeking a zoning change for a half-acre now used for storage west of the Evergreen South Shopping Center at Highway 73 and Turkey Creek Road in Marshdale.

    The fenced-in property is used by an auto repair shop and houses some trailers and fencing materials.

    Lewis said he has no plans to build anything on the parcel; he just wants to replace the existing residential zoning with more appropriate commercial zoning in case he ever decides to use it for parking or something else.

  • Big fence, vexed neighbors

    The Paradise Hills Homeowners Association has filed for an injunction in district court asking one of its members to remove a structure that the association says violates the HOA covenants against unapproved fences.

    But the homeowner, Christine Arnold, says the enclosure is needed to protect her children and pets from the neighbor’s dog and is refusing to take it down. She has filed a counterclaim, attacking the HOA for a breach of fiduciary duty and asking for unspecified damages.

  • Kids dentists purchase space in Honka building

    A kids-only dental practice has purchased the last 4,000 available square feet in the Honka Log Homes Building in El Rancho Center and is planning to open by the summer after extensive remodeling.

    All Kids Dental, based in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, acquired the space in the office condo building for $1 million, according to published reports. The company will occupy the entire third floor above Rustic Point, a furniture and home goods store.

  • Truck collides with elk herd at Floyd Hill

    Sixteen elk were killed in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 at Highway 65 about 1 a.m. Jan. 23, when a semi truck collided with the herd as it was trying to cross the freeway.

    The semi jackknifed as it hit the animals, and two cars were involved, one of which rolled over. Luckily, none of the vehicle occupants was hurt seriously enough to be taken to the hospital, said Garry DeJong, chief of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The names of the individuals involved were not available.

  • Ouch — don’t mingle with a porcupine

    While having dinner with friends last week, one of them brought up the subject of porcupines, which, according to a Denver Post article, have become overabundant in Telluride and were causing property damage. Then another of our group chimed in to wonder if there were many porcupines in our area, for he had not seen any in recent years. I have not seen the damage they are doing in Telluride, but I don’t think they are overabundant locally. I have not seen a porcupine in probably five years, and I used to see them regularly.

  • Jeffco’s elected officials sworn in

    A week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, recently elected and re-elected officials in Jefferson County were being installed in their own ceremony.

    The swearing-in ceremony, slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, recognized 18 elected officials. The officials — judges, commissioners, the district attorney and a new treasurer — were sworn in by District Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

  • Asphalt scammers again making mountain rounds

    Mountain residents know that long winters often leave residents with driveways in need of repair. Scam artists know the same thing.

    On Oct. 14, a member of the Cornell family of Conifer was tending to the front yard and was approached by a representative for an asphalt company named “Blacktop Service.”

    “The man was clean-cut and professional,” a family member said.

    She said the representative asked if she wanted the family’s driveway repaved with extra asphalt his company had left over from a previous job.

  • Jeffco GOP hit with subpoena in connection with alleged wiretapping

    The Jefferson County GOP was hit with a subpoena last week in connection with its one-time website administrator, who is a defendant in a federal wiretapping civil lawsuit.

    Robert Cook, who owns the Jeffco GOP's website and was hired to do computer work for the party, is one of four defendants in a civil lawsuit brought by longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

  • Gerou, Kopp roll out wildfire legislation

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Genesee, hope to pick up where Kopp and former state Rep. Rob Witwer left off in their 2008 work on wildfire legislation.

    The duo are teaming up to push a series of bills aimed at reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire in areas where urbanization and wild lands meet.