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    Arraignment set for Conifer man arrested in connection with shooting

    The 38-year-old man arrested July 9 in connection with an early morning shooting in the 25000 block of Snyder Avenue in Aspen Park will return to court in September for arraignment.

    Michael Kessler faces a felony charge of second-degree assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. During a disposition hearing on Aug. 8, a judge bound the case over to district court, and Kessler will enter a plea on Sept. 16.

  • Spero addiction recovery center looking to rezone properties

    The owners of the Spero addiction recovery center proposed for the former Basecamp on Buffalo Park Road are planning to rezone the property to allow the center to operate.

  • Board allows home on infill property in Forest Heights

    Despite protests from neighbors, a home can be built on a triangular-shaped lot at 4901 S. Amaro Road in Evergreen’s Forest Heights subdivision.

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment unanimously voted on Aug. 7 to allow a variance for Douglas Small of Golden to build a house, even though the lot is smaller than zoning regulations require. Jeffco staff had recommended approving the request to allow a lot size of 14,227 square feet when 17,400 square feet is required.

    If residents want to appeal the decision, they must file a lawsuit in court.

  • Board denies parking waiver for proposed restaurant in downtown Evergreen

    The former NAPA Auto Parts building in downtown Evergreen may not have a chance to become a restaurant because of parking issues.

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 on Aug. 7 to deny a request from owners Judy and Ken Jeronimus for a variance to allow them to modify the requirement that the proposed restaurant must have 43 parking spaces. Board member Joseph Jehn dissented.

  • One killed, two injured in three-vehicle crash

    One person died while two others were transported with injuries on Aug. 7 after a fatal car accident on U.S. 285 near Richmond Hill that closed both sides of the highway.

    Bernard Bell, 70, of Cortez died at the scene as the result of his injuries. Another person was uninjured.

    According to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the three-vehicle crash came in at 5:06 p.m. The accident involved three Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks.

  • Romberg: Conservation easements need to remain in place

    About the worst tool out there for land preservation is the term conservation easement. Such an easement allows the owner of a property to be paid not to develop a property for a specific period of time that will expire at the end of the term.

    When I was a member of the Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, we were asked to consider such term easements. The vast majority of the Board, including me, believed it was a terrible idea. We concluded that such term easements did nothing more to pay someone for a relatively short period of time to delay development.

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    Nexius asks to put cell-phone apparatus on Buchanan roof

    Nexius wants approval from the Evergreen Park & Recreation board to put an apparatus on the roof of the Buchanan Park Rec Center to improve cell phone service in Evergreen.

    Jaclyn Levine, site acquisitions manager with Nexius, told the board at its July 23 meeting that Nexius wanted to install three cupolas on the roof to improve AT&T service. The cupolas would fit in with the design of the building, so they wouldn’t be obtrusive.

  • Xcel developing wildfire mitigation program

    Xcel Energy is in the midst of developing a wildfire mitigation program.

    According to information from Xcel, the immediate priorities of the program include:

    • Mapping the HRFA (High Risk Fire Area) to identify areas of key risk;

    • Building resiliency into and making improvements to transmission and distribution systems;

    • Developing new operational guidelines for RFW (Red Flag Warning) conditions;

    • Hardening circuits;

  • Morrison survey results show divide between local residents, businesses

    Morrison residents are happy with just about everything but the traffic in town, according to the recently released results of a town survey conducted by Denver-based Corona Insights.