Today's News

  • Jeffco poised to begin charging for public-records requests

    The Jefferson County commissioners are poised to begin charging the public for access to public records, with a consent-agenda resolution scheduled to be passed Tuesday.

    If approved, the measure would allow the county to charge $25 per hour for open-records requests taking more than an hour to complete.

    The public information office, whose employees are tasked with fulfilling such requests, would have the option of not charging the public for its staff time, though language in the proposed resolution would allow charges at the office’s discretion.

  • Bowled over: MRC’s Empty Bowls event now in two locations

    The third annual Empty Bowls on Nov. 9 and 10 will serve up the popular culinary fund-raiser in two locations: Conifer and Evergreen.

    Meals will be served at the Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Drive, and the Evergreen Lake House. Local restaurants and organizations are creating and donating tasty soups, breads and desserts for the meal that will be served buffet style. Tickets are $25 per person.

  • Tough choices demand experience, knowledge

    Anyone who listens to Denver talk radio has heard that our two Jeffco school board races represent an apocalyptic face-off between radical union-backed leftists and far-right free-market fanatics who will stop at nothing to reduce district spending.

    At the final election forum Oct. 18 in Evergreen, the candidates sounded more like a gaggle of elderly British ladies disagreeing about whether the shade of the curtains matched the colors in the divan.

  • Rock scaling to close lanes of 285 on Monday

    A rock-scaling operation on U.S. 285 at C-470 will tie up traffic on Monday, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid the area.
    On Oct. 24, CDOT crews will remove lose rock from the Hogback area along U.S. 285 just west of C-470.
    Scaling operations will be done from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lane closures for 20 minutes several times each hour.
    Bob Wilson, CDOT spokesman, said the closures are a necessary inconvenience.

  • Biglen facing recall election at Elk Creek

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District board president Tim Biglen has until Monday to resign or face a recall election.

    A certification of sufficiency was provided Wednesday to the committee that initiated the recall. The committee turned in 482 signatures. Of those, 379 were determined to be valid, and 103 were rejected. The petition needed 300 valid signatures to force the recall election, according to Larry Hauser, recall effort spokesman.

    Biglen would not comment on the development.

  • Director has special connection to ‘Memoirs’

    Many of playwright Neil Simon’s award-winning plays were autobiographical in nature. The acclaimed 1983 hit “Brighton Beach Memoirs” was no exception. In the case of the upcoming Evergreen Players production, the show is semi-autobiographical not only for the playwright but for the director as well.

  • Stakes high in school board race

    A campaign flier being distributed for Jeffco school board candidate Preston Branaugh contains the following conversation.
    “DadVanHorn: So what did our sons learn in school today?
    “Son: I learned we evolved from mud.
    “Son: I learned we’ll be safer when all our firearms are confiscated.
    “Son: I learned that you don’t pay enough taxes.”

  • Squirrels bring life, activity through winter months

    When I was out on the patio to catch some of the fine fall sunshine the other day, I was sworn at with a loud, vociferous, emphatic blast of squirrel language. The western red squirrel, which has been challenging me all summer, had in just a few cold days claimed the patio as his territory with firm determination and loud raucous cussing at everyone else who thought to claim it for a few hours.

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  • Banner signs clear Planning Commission hurdle

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 7-1 to endorse a proposed regulation allowing businesses to display up to one banner sign and one sandwich board per location. The decision came during a regular a meeting Oct. 12.

    The ban on banner signs, however, won't be officially over until the Board of County Commissioners votes on the issue.

    Shirley Johnson of Conifer, chair of the planning board, voted against the proposal. Voting in favor were Tim Rogers, Nancy Ferguson, Larry Anna, Richard Olson, Jack Bestall and James Price.