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  • Santaguida pleads guilty to homicide in sister's death

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man accused of murder in the death of his 24-year-old sister, Elizabeth, on Hilltop Drive last April 8 pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to murder charges in Jefferson County district court.
    Sentencing for Zach Santaguida was set for 8 a.m. Jan. 21. He faces 75 to 85 years in prison, according the Jeffco district attorney's office.
    In August, Santaguida entered a not-guilty plea. A trial was set for January.
    He has been held in jail without bond since his arrest on April 9.

  • Coffman retains seat in Congress

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, an airline pilot, collected 31 percent, and Libertarian Rob McNealy captured about 3 percent.

    In Jefferson County races, incumbents mostly held onto their seats, with the exceptions of District 3 Commissioner Kathy Hartman and Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp, who lost to Republican challenger John Graham.

  • Voters reject Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101

    Voters soundly rejected Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on Tuesday.
    Amendment 60 was opposed by 77 percent of voters. The amendment would have reduced property taxes on a $300,000 house by $376, according to a September state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly. The bulk of that would have come from slashing school-related property taxes, but the measure would also have substantially impacted special districts, which predominate in mountain communities.

  • Rosier ousts Hartman from county commission

    District 3 County Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was the first Democrat to serve on the commission in a decade and a half, was defeated in last week’s election.

    Republican challenger Don Rosier ultimately topped Hartman by more than 4 percentage points, as Jeffco votes were fully counted by Monday morning.

  • State Senate race still a cliffhanger

    Election Day is over, but in the case of state Senate District 16, the candidates are conceding nothing except that the race is still too close to call.

    Democrat Jeanne Nicholson of Gilpin County appears to be on the winning side so far with a 518-vote lead out of about 59,418 total votes counted, according to her count.

    Republican Tim Leonard of Kittredge unveiled a vote count showing the margin was 537 votes in Nicholson's favor, with 60,009 votes counted.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Impetuous, full-throated, and slightly nutty

  • Woman receives probation, weekend jail time for theft from Cub Scouts

    A Pine woman who eventually pleaded guilty to stealing $11,000 from Evergreen Cub Scout Pack 39 in 2008 was sentenced Nov. 1 to four weekends in the Jefferson County jail and a year of probation.

    Appearing in court with her lawyer, Ingrid Bakke, Lisa Marie Williams, 40, the former troop treasurer, said she was driven by financial desperation to steal the money but that she was "extremely remorseful."

    Judge Christopher Munch ordered Williams to report to the jail on Friday, where she will be incarcerated for 48 hours.

  • Community rallies to support young cancer patient

    Evergreen High School and the community are joining forces to help junior Spencer Page fight the toughest battle he’s ever faced. But this time it’s not on the basketball court or on the baseball field: Spencer, 17, is fighting cancer.

    He is going through chemotherapy and will face radiation and surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that is 4 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches in the right side of his chest

  • Submitting obituaries to the Canyon Courier

    The Courier offers paid obituaries along with a continuing option to place a free death notice in the paper.

    A free obituary can include:

    • Deceased’s full name, age, city/state of residence, one former residence, date and place of death.

    • Names of parents (deceased or living).

    • Names of survivors in immediate family. If no immediate family survive, predeceased members of the immediate family may be listed.

  • How to get your free listing in the Canyon Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.