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  • Fireplace fires nearly wreck two homes in Genesee

    Since the first of the year, two dangerous house fires have broken out in fireplaces in Genesee and burned through the walls to the outside, generating enough smoke and flame to attract the attention of passing motorists.

    Carlton Babb, chief of the Genesee Fire Department, is urging residents in Genesee Foundation, Genesee Village and Chimney Creek to have their fireplaces and chimneys inspected by a certified chimney inspector for buildup and wear at least annually.

  • Novel tackles motherhood postponed for career

    After 20 years as a successful career woman in the an era when women were still a novelty in the business world, Kim Rowley decided to trade in her single life in Los Angeles to concentrate on her marriage.

    She left the West Coast and joined her husband in a more low-key existence in the resort-like retreat of Evergreen. An enthusiastic golfer, Rowley was twice named women’s champion of the Hiwan Golf Club.

  • Jeffco Open Space Division looks ahead to tighter belt

     Over the next 10 years, cities and special districts can expect to get less grant money from the Jefferson County Open Space Division as the agency faces the reality of a not unexpected, but substantially diminished, nest egg.

    A large portion of the $160 million in bond money authorized in 1998 to fund acquisitions has been spent, meaning there is a lot less available for buying up raw land.

  • Beltway compromise plan riles Golden residents

    A Golden-based grassroots group opposed to the proposed Jefferson Parkway drew about 400 people to a meeting Jan. 18 in the auditorium of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

    The toll-road plan is being scrutinized in the wake of Jefferson County's offer to help buy $5 million of open space (Section 16) along Colorado 93 in exchange for Boulder dropping its opposition to the highway.

  • Santaguida sentenced to 75 years in sister's death

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man who pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to murdering his sister in their home on Hilltop Drive on April 8, 2010, has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

    "This is clearly a tragedy for everyone involved," Jefferson County District Judge Margie Enquist said at a hearing on Jan. 21.

    As outlined in the plea deal reached in November, Zachariah Santaguida will serve 48 years for second-degree murder and 27 years for second-degree kidnapping, to be served consecutively. He could have received as much as 85 years.

  • McCasky stepping down as commissioner

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky announced Jan. 19 he will be stepping down from his elected position to accept a job as president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council.

    McCasky, 50, a Republican whose term would have run through 2012, had previously sat on the JEC’s board as a representative of the county. His hiring was unanimously approved Jan. 19 at the nonprofit’s board meeting.

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  • Evergreen man arrested on Internet sex charges

    An Evergreen man has been arrested on suspicion of Internet luring of a minor.
    Ryan Michael Lafferty, 33, was arrested by Jefferson County district attorney investigators Jan. 10 and charged with Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. Lafferty posted $1,500 bond the next day. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 11.
    According to the arrest affidavit, Lafferty was arrested after allegedly communicating by Internet with Jefferson County investigators who were posing as a 14-year-old girl from Littleton.

  • Car break-ins prompt wider alert

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is urging citizens to be alert to criminal activity after evidence of a number of car break-ins and possible garage thefts surfaced over the weekend of Jan. 8-9 in the North Evergreen area.
    Judging by footprints in the snow, it appeared that some 20 homes had been approached by suspects with the intention of entering garages through unlocked doors, according to Dale Wizieck, crime prevention deputy with the Mountain Precinct.

  • Landowner protests proposed route of NEAT trail extension

    A property owner whose land is in the path of the upcoming extension to the NEAT trail system is worried the route is too close to Bergen Parkway and could put pedestrians, especially children, in danger.
    "I'm not worried about giving up a little sliver of land or the aesthetics of it. I'm worried about safety, pure and simple," said Richard Phelps, a retired golf course architect who has had an office in a small brown house at 1522 Bergen Parkway, north of the Blue Quill Angler, since 1986.