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  • DOW officer kills bear after it bites Bailey man inside his home

    An early-morning home invasion by a bear has left a Bailey resident with bite wounds and the Colorado Division of Wildlife with a message for residents: Don’t mess with a bear.

    Homeowner Jack Hansel, 51, heard a noise in his house just after midnight Wednesday and contacted the Park County Sheriff’s Office, according to DOW spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.

    A 320-pound black bear had entered the family’s garage, where a trash can and an open refrigerator beckoned.

  • Artist, woodworker Tolman was well known in arts community

    Evergreen resident Ray Tolman, an artist, teacher, musician and woodworker, died Monday, June 28, at his home west of Bergen Park following a brief illness.

    Tolman, 93, had been a resident of Evergreen since the early 1970s.

    Tolman was a former instructor of construction technology at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif., where he also taught art, history, sociology and fine woodworking. Prior to that, he taught high school industrial arts and woodworking in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

  • County bans medical marijuana dispensaries

    Jeffco officials on Tuesday morning approved an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, voting unanimously to keep the businesses out of unincorporated areas of the county.

    The move came weeks after the passage of state legislation that granted autonomy to local governments in either regulating medical marijuana businesses or prohibiting them altogether.

  • Ballot measures assailed at local gathering

    Colorado would be in more economic trouble than it already is if voters pass the three tax-slashing measures on the November ballot, a political consultant told a group recently at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    Amendment 60 would cancel voter-authorized TABOR tax-limit overrides and require public entities like airports and state colleges to pay property tax. Amendment 61 limits municipal borrowing to 10 percent of real property assessed value, among other things, and Proposition 101 virtually eliminates vehicle fees and telephone taxes.

  • Evergreen man arrested after trash workers are menaced

    A local man was arrested June 30 on charges that he fired a shot from a handgun while trying to block a trash truck from leaving the driveway of a home on Gratitude Lane in Evergreen.

    Clifford Herman Farrell, 75, was charged with felony menacing and false imprisonment and released the next day on a personal recognizance bond. Farrell lives at 28998 Fleming Road in Evergreen, west of Highway 73 near South Blue Creek Road, north of the Flying J Ranch.

  • Park district hires supervisor of rec centers

     At 53, Bob Schmitz brings more than 30 years of experience to his new job of supervisor of facilities for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Schmitz has an office at Buchanan Rec center but is officially in charge of the Wulf Recreation Center as well.

    Schmitz oversees the front-desk operations, registration, room set-up, cleanliness, plumbing, heating, cooling and maintenance.

  • A fabulous Fourth

    There’s nothing better than a small-town Fourth of July celebration, and the Indian Hills Fire Department knows how to put on a really big pyrotechnics show.

    About 40 community members and volunteer firefighters helped make possible the day’s events, which included a pancake breakfast, parade, an AirLife helicopter landing, live music and, of course, the fireworks display.

  • Lakepoint Center seeks permission for patio cover, zoning update

    The owners of the Lakepoint Center business complex have submitted a preliminary application to amend the planned development to put a fixed awning over the patio of the Willow Creek restaurant, among other things.

    Josh Drexler, with the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division, outlined the proposal at a community meeting in late June in the conference room of Intero Real Estate Services, one of the businesses at the Lakepoint Center.

  • County administrator’s firing linked to land purchase

      Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore was fired for refusing to cooperate with county officials in executing a land purchase linked to a legal settlement hidden from the public, documents obtained by the Columbine Courier show.

    Moore defied instructions to place the $1.4 million purchase of 19 acres near Dinosaur Ridge on a consent agenda last December, and he was fired shortly thereafter in a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners.

  • Investigator: Santaguida confessed to slaying

    Evergreen resident Zachariah Santaguida admitted hitting his sister Elizabeth with a two-fisted overhead blow on April 8 as she bent down to pick up a DVD, a sheriff’s investigator testified June 25 at a preliminary hearing in Jefferson County District Court.

    Santaguida, in an interview with police the next day, confessed to then strangling his sister with his hands and a shoelace, the investigator testified.