Today's News

  • Commissioners approve short-term rentals on split vote


    Despite evidence of strong grassroots opposition from neighbors and homeowner associations, two of three Jeffco commissioners voted to allow short-term rentals, institute a permit process and impose a comprehensive list of restrictions as a way of buffering the impact on neighborhoods.

  • Evergreen, Conifer land in Dem-leaning district

    Under the congressional redistricting map approved by a Denver district judge, Evergreen and Conifer would land in District 2, represented by Congressman Jared Polis, a liberal Democrat from Boulder.

    The mountain communities currently are part of District 6, which elected Republican Mike Coffman as its representative to Congress in 2008 and again in 2010.

    The proposed map, which would be in effect for the 2012 elections, was viewed as something of a blow to Republican aspirations.

  • Replacement chief not a high priority for fire department


    Evergreen Fire/Rescue is not in the market for a new fire chief, although the former chief, Garry DeJong, has been gone since September and a managers' committee recommended a new fire chief be hired.

    At a work session Nov. 8 the consensus of the board of directors was that the existing structure, with no fire chief, was working well, and they weren't interested in launching a search for a new chief until further notice. They did not say whether or not they would ever hire a new chief.

  • Evergreen denied 4A boys soccer state championship

    COMMERCE CITY -- Skyler Erickson punched home the game's lone goal in the 63rd minute and fifth-seeded Mullen avenged a season-opening loss with a 1-0 victory over Evergreen on Nov. 9 in the 4A boys soccer state championship game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

    Zach Sunderhuse assisted on Erickson's goal for Mullen (13-5-2).
    Second-seeded Evergreen (17-3) had its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Cougars were looking to win the school's second state championship and first since 1989.

  • Biglen resigns from Elk Creek board

    Tim Biglen, the embattled president of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District board, has resigned rather than face a recall election.
    Biglen sent a one-sentence e-mail to the other four board members on Tuesday night, saying simply that he resigned from the board, according to Mike Rogers, the board’s vice president.
    Biglen had until Tuesday to resign. If he had not resigned, a date for a recall election would have been set. His resignation saves the fire district several thousand dollars in election costs.
    Biglen could not be reached for comment.

  • Let’s cut first, then tax later

    Last week, Colorado voters roundly rejected a slate of proposed tax increases. The largest of these, Proposition 103, would have raised state income taxes from the current 4.63 percent to 5 percent for five years. Had it passed, the state legislature would have decided how to spend the proceeds on education.
    Voters said “no” by nearly a two-to-one margin.

  • Surf scoter a rare sight at Evergreen Lake

    Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 2, Loie Evans identified an immature surf scoter on Evergreen Lake. No matter how good a birder you are or how sure you are of your identification, it is always a good idea to have at least one other person see and identify a rare bird.

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  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.

  • Doing good under the hood

    The Foothills chapter of the National Charity League spent a Saturday afternoon recently trying to debunk some of the mysteries of car maintenance for a half dozen moms and their teenage daughters.

    The group gathered at Lexota in El Rancho to get two hours of car know-how such as how brakes work, how to check oil and brake fluid, how to change a tire, and how to jump a car battery.