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  • Fees for fire inspections to increase

    A fire inspection is mandatory for new construction in commercial and residential structures, and that review is about to cost more.

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board granted Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn's request to increase fees for all commercial and residential fire safety inspections at the board meeting Nov. 12. Currently most fees hover around $75, but with the increase, from $5 to $100 will be added starting in January.

  • Evergreen picked as a top retirement spot

    Evergreen retirees and real estate agents say it’s a no-brainer that topretirements.com, which works with USA Today, ranked Evergreen as one of the top five best small towns to retire to.

    Evergreen retirees say it’s a great place to live with easy access to outdoor activities, great small shops and friendly people, and they can’t imagine spending their leisure years anywhere else.

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  • Evergreen eateries honor vets, active soldiers

    To commemorate Veterans Day on Monday, three Evergreen restaurants offered free meals to vets and active military to honor their service to our country.

    Da Kind Soups in downtown, plus El Senor Sol and Illegal Burger near El Rancho, participated in honoring the military heroes.

    At Da Kind, workers wore red, white and blue ribbons on their shirts to commemorate the day as they chatted with customers. One table was set as a tribute to servicemen and -women who were missing in action or were prisoners of war.

  • FLOODING ROUNDUP: Cactus Jack’s sees light at end of tunnel

    There’s light at the end of the tunnel for both Cactus Jack’s and owner Gary Mitchell.

    The iconic restaurant and bar at the corner at Highways 74/73 that was extensively damaged in the September flooding is expected to be open the first week of December.

    Mitchell, who broke his leg while cleaning out the restaurant soon after the flood, should be walking again by then. He’s still on crutches.

  • Construction of trail linking Evergreen Lake Park, downtown moving forward

    September's flooding did not delay the plans for a more navigable trail link between Evergreen Lake Park and downtown.

  • Commissioners still debating property-tax increase

    As the final vote on the county’s budget approaches, questions remain about the fiscal future of Jeffco, and whether the commissioners will support a property-tax increase.
    County Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier got into a heated exchange over whether the proposed 2014 county budget represents a step forward in solving Jeffco’s fiscal woes during a final budget meeting Nov. 8.

  • Elk Creek voters approve property-tax increase

    Residents of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District overwhelmingly approved an increase in the district’s property tax in the Nov. 5 mail-in election.

    Measure 4A, which increases Elk Creek’s levy by 2.5 mills, won the approval of 58 percent of district residents who cast ballots, with 42 percent opposed.

  • Indian Hills fire board to examine options after bond failure

    In the wake of the failed bond issue for a new fire station in Indian Hills, Fire Chief Emery Carson and district board members say they are planning to consider other options in the coming months.

    “We’re looking at revisiting the issue after the end of the year,” Carson said in the wake of last week’s election.

  • Indian Hills residents reject bond issue for new fire station

    Indian Hills residents soundly rejected a bond issue to pay for a new fire station in their district, according to unofficial election results posted by the Jeffco Elections Division on Tuesday night.

    Nearly 80 percent of 471 residents who participated in the mail-in election voted against Bond Issue 5A, which was projected to double the present mill rate of 12.14 for the duration of the bond.

    For a resident with a home valued at $250,000, the increase in the annual tax bill would have been between $222 and $256, depending on the term of the bond.