Local News

  • Storey, McCasky clash over term limits

    An effort by Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey to extend term limits for his office might be over before the question even goes to voters.

    Storey, who began his second term in January, has been trying to get support to extend limits for his and the sheriff's office to three terms, or 12 consecutive years. Current law allows for two consecutive terms, or eight years, for all Jefferson County elected officials.

  • County fears late fees, increase might torque vehicle owners

    Jeffco officials are preparing for the worst when it comes to how county residents might react to looming increases in vehicle registration fees and mandatory late fees for those who fail to register vehicles on time.

    The county will spend $55,000 hiring off-duty police officers to provide security at three of its five motor vehicle offices, including South Jeffco's office at 6004 S. Kipling St., Unit A.

  • Fire board president forbids criticizing individuals at meetings

    Public criticism of individuals during board meetings of the Evergreen Fire Protection District has led the board president to warn against singling out individuals in negative comments.

    “Any negative comments by any attendee against any named citizen, volunteer, paid employee or this board will immediately be declared out of order, and an executive session will be declared or scheduled to allow both sides to privately discuss their opinions,” Chick Dykeman announced at the May 12 meeting.

  • Pealing back the years: Morrison’s wandering school bell comes home for good

    On the afternoon of Jan. 22, with nothing special in the way of salute or ceremony, the town of Morrison officially welcomed back one of its own, and a cherished piece of the little town’s big historical inventory resumed a place of honor along the shady banks of Bear Creek.

    It’s been more than half a century since the Morrison school bell’s clear voice last summoned young scholars to their lessons, but long absence hasn’t diminished the great instrument’s ability to bring folks together.

  • Musicians join forces for ‘workers concert’ at the Elks

    A night of acoustic music designed to help the needy and to provide affordable entertainment will be presented at the Elks Lodge in Evergreen on May 29. A dozen local musicians will be featured on two stages in a three-hour show.

    The show begins at 7 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 6 p.m. for hot bread and $4 gourmet soup bowls.

    Admission is $9 plus a nonperishable food item for Evergreen Christian Outreach. The Elks Lodge holds 300.

  • Bergen Meadow Field dedication is May 29

    Supporters of the Bergen Meadow field project are celebrating with a dedication and free picnic lunch on Friday, May 29. The ceremony is at noon, and the lunch is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., after the Bergen Meadow Elementary student Field Day.

    The field is behind Bergen Meadow Elementary School on Hiwan Drive off Bergen Parkway.

  • Program provides summer jobs for teens

    The Mountain Resource Center has partnered with Jeffco YouthWorks 2009 to offer summer jobs to students from Conifer and Evergreen high schools.

    While the program itself includes youths ages 14 to 24, MRC is planning on focusing on high school students.

    Funded with $646,790 from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Jeffco YouthWorks hopes to place 350 youths in summer jobs, according to Kristine Kinzli of YouthWorks.

  • Church seeks OK for outdoor worship area

    The Jeffco Planning Commission has recommended approval of a special-use proposal for an outdoor amphitheater for about 200 on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

    The county commissioners, who make the final decision, will consider the matter at 9 a.m. May 12.

    The fabric-roofed, open-air structure would be on land at the base of a hill near the church on Troutdale Scenic Drive. The planning commissioners agreed to allow outdoor amplification after commissioner Larry Anna said he would prefer no sound system be allowed.

  • Jeffco ranks second in state in motorcycle deaths: Safety classes recommended for riders

    As the weather improves, more and more people are pulling their motorcycles out of hibernation and taking to the streets and highways.

    But according to state data, more and more motorcycle riders are getting seriously hurt, especially in Jefferson County, which was second only to El Paso County in motorcycle deaths in 2008.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.