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Today's News

  • Board confirms Elk Rest Village decision

    The recommendation goes next to the board of county commissioners Sept. 30 for a final decision.

    The planning commission was hearing the case for the second time after the county commissioners asked the citizen board to re-examine the allowed density level.

    Jim Spaanstra, chairman of the planning commission, argued for the higher number because of the high price of gas and the opportunity to encourage more people to work and live in the same place.

  • Q&A with District 2 county commission candidates

    Following are unedited transcripts of question-and-answer sessions with District 2 county commission candidates, courtesy of Plan Jeffco.

    1. What do you intend to achieve if you are elected or re-elected County Commissioner?

    Zulauf: If elected as County Commissioner, my primary goals will be land preservation, water conservation, and ecologically responsible development in Jefferson County.

  • Q&A with District 1 county commission candidates

    Following are unedited transcripts of question-and-answer sessions with District 1 county commission candidates, courtesy of Plan Jeffco.

    1. What do you intend to achieve if you are elected or re-elected County Commissioner?

  • Palin an overnight success, years in the making

    Immediately following the Democratic National Convention, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed Barack Obama leading John McCain by a comfortable 50-43 margin. USA Today/Gallup’s prior poll, released before the convention, showed Obama leading 48-45. The net difference of four points was the “bounce” provided by the convention.

  • Residents should express their school-start opinions ASAP

    When Jeffco school board President Scott Benefield told parents at the Aug. 21 meeting that “We all want a later start,” he set the stage for a real conversation about when school should start.

  • Stamping out confusion about the Habitat Stamp

    Since January 2006, the state has required anyone using the Mount Evans or Bergen Peak state wildlife areas to obtain a Habitat Stamp, amounting to a $10.25 fee to hike or camp on the land.

    But don’t expect to purchase an actual stamp when you buy the Habitat Stamp. The Habitat Stamp is merely a series of characters printed out on a plain blue piece of paper, with all the glamour of a receipt from a gas pump.

    Also, be aware that the picture of a stamp on the sign in the accompanying photo does not represent the state-mandated Habitat Stamp.

    Confused? Read on.

  • Green Merchant touts eco-friendly inventory

    A new store in Marshdale is about as Earth-friendly as a store can get.

    The Green Merchant sells exclusively organic, green and fair-trade merchandise. Items run the gamut from linens and towels woven from organically grown cotton to beeswax candles to organic dog toys.

    “I want to have common items so people have a green alternative,” said store owner Micky Magnolo. “I want to help empower others to be eco-friendly. I really want to help people on the planet.”

  • Two apply for vacancy on fire district board

    Toni Stephens and Charles Simons have submitted their names as applicants for a vacancy on the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. The deadline for submissions was Sept. 2.

    The two-year position became available with the July 25 resignation of board secretary Jaine Hamilton, who is moving to the Western Slope. She has served on the board since 2002.

    Neither of the applicants ran for the board openings in the last regular election May 8, in which Jeff DeDisse, George Goldbach and Charles Dykeman were elected. Simons ran in the recall election Nov. 13.

  • Homeowners win battle against 'monopine' cell tower

    A tower company has abandoned its plan for an 80-foot cell phone tower on top of Bear Mountain in Evergreen in favor of adding antennas onto the existing 72-foot towers.

    American Tower Corp. of Boston originally sought a variance from the county board of adjustment to erect a cell tower called a “monopine” that looked something like a giant pine and was supposed to blend into the scenery.

    The board of adjustment tabled the request indefinitely on April 2.

  • Rockies pitcher makes appearance at local deaf school

    If a good school assembly is supposed to be enjoyable, inspirational and educational, then Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jason Grilli’s visit to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School on Sept. 4 was a three-run homer.

    Ask any one of the Jefferson County charter school’s 45 wee scholars, and they’ll tell you that getting up-close-and-personal with a real-life sports hero beats language arts and long division any day of the week. With a staff member translating from American Sign Language, 31-year-old Grilli kicked off the event with a spirited Q-and-A session.