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Today's News

  • Fall slash collection for Indian Hills residents could include vouchers for purchase

    Board members of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District are considering the use of vouchers, which residents could purchase for slash collection this fall.

    Indian Hills resident Bret Roller, who is coordinating a slash collection program with Jefferson County, has suggested placing vending stations in the community at which residents could buy the vouchers for approximately $20.

  • Park district board selects interim co-directors, approves loop trail contract

    Recreation manager Ellen O’Connor and Lake House  supervisor Brad Bednar are serving as interim co-directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District while EPRD board members search for a new executive director.

    Former EPRD executive director Scott Robson resigned at the end of August after 3½ years of service. He has accepted a position as CEO of the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Museum in Golden.

  • Annual Big Chili Cook-off heating up at Buchanan Park on Sept. 7

    The 13th annual Big Chili Cook-off has a new venue at Buchanan Park, where spicy samples of recipes can be tasted throughout the day. The gates open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, for the event benefiting six area fire departments.

    Homemade versions of chili recipes will be available for tasting, as well as samplings from area restaurants.

  • Jeffco planners recommend revisions to oil and gas regs

     The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of changes to the county’s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    Planning and Zoning Director John Wolforth said changes to county regulations regarding oil and gas drilling and operations would make them consistent with those of the state. There are no current applications for oil and gas development in Jeffco, and only one existing operation, along Highway 73 near Rocky Flats, Wolforth noted.

  • Walk to celebrate 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

    A walk along the Pioneer Trail on Saturday will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

    The 5-mile hike begins at 9 a.m. at the trailhead at the RTD Park-n-Ride in Bergen Park at the Highway 74 and County Road 65, and continues to the Evergreen Lake House.

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    The rocky relationship between Jeffco’s teachers union and Board of Education continued Thursday night after the school board rejected a third-party report recommending that teachers rated “partially effective” should receive a pay increase.

  • Consolidation of dispatch services under study

    Will mountain emergency dispatch services remain independent and based in Evergreen in the future?

    Or are they destined to be folded into a metro-area dispatch system being contemplated by several fire agencies as part of a “regionalization study” done recently by a consultant involved with the Jeffco Emergency Communications Authority?

  • School board planning changes to rules for public comment at meetings

    The Jeffco Board of Education agreed to change the rules for public comment at meetings at its Saturday retreat. 

    To be approved at a future meeting, the new system would allow for up to 20 people to speak for three minutes each. If 21 to 30 people sign up, two minutes each would be allowed. If 31 to 60 people sign up, one minute per person would be allowed.

    If more than 60 people sign up to speak about agenda-related items, they will be invited to speak during the second portion of public comment, after the board has taken action on its agenda.

  • Friendly overtures, friction at school board retreat

    Jeffco’s famously divided school board made conciliatory noises at its annual retreat on Saturday, though some evidence surfaced of the friction that has prevailed since last November’s election. 

    “I promise there will be clear and concise communication,” said Superintendent Daniel McMinimee, who was hired on a 3-2 vote in June. “I’m looking forward to working together. I think this has been a great start.”

  • Gentians bloom in the area as summer days come to end

    August days have been hot summer days, much like they are in the East, but the nights here are usually quite cool. Clear skies and our altitude bring us start-spangled nights, but often temperatures drop in the low 40s. August is a rich, full month, as near to being full summer as it gets in Colorado. But it also brings the first signs of fall.