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Today's News

  • Development briefs

    Planning commission recommends approval of subdivision

    When Joe Knolmayer drives home each day, he hopes he’ll continue to see the band of native trees separating his property from 65 acres across the street where there may soon be 21 new homes.

  • Fire briefs

    Lightning strike takes out Inter-Canyon tower

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is working to replace its radio tower in Hilldale Pines after a direct lightning strike damaged it three weeks ago.

    “... It knocked the whole tower out. We lost our microwave. We lost PolyPhasers. … It just took everything out,” said Chief Skip Shirlaw during an Aug. 14 board meeting.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Children of struggling families and volunteers shop for school clothes

    Shopping for school clothes is a fun excursion for kids, and on Thursday, 65 area children were treated to a shopping spree at the Evergreen Walmart thanks to Evergreen Christian Outreach, the Evergreen Salvation Army Unit and the store.

  • Making nature accessible to all: Staunton track chair program continues to grow

    After-dinner walks were a ritual for the Atkins family. The family of four from Golden loved time spent being active, exploring nature and connecting with one another.

    But everything changed when Zeb Atkins was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. One day, he was fine; the next, he could barely use his legs.

    “It’s a complete and total readjustment of life,” said Stacy Atkins, Zeb’s wife.

  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District to go for mill levy increase

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is putting an initiative on the ballot in the November election that could increase property taxes and offset some of the financial challenges the district has been facing.

  • County kicks off budget discourse

    Budget talks are underway in Jefferson County.

    Currently, the county is proposing a base budget with revenues of $475.8 million and expenditures of $535.1 million. The proposed base is meant to “simply serve as a starting point or base from which subsequent requests and decisions will be made,” said Jeffco budget manager Dan Conway.

    Initial numbers are down from the 2019 approved budget of $586.4 million.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.