Local News

  • Kauffman touts experience in treasurer race

      Republican Tim Kauffman was working as a commercial banker when he was called in 2008 and asked to replace newly elected Commissioner Faye Griffin as Jeffco treasurer. And though he was not new to politics, it took a bit of coaxing before he agreed to fill the office.

    “My phone rang after the election in 2008. … They kept calling, and I realized this might be a really good fit,” said Kauffman, 42, a Westminster resident who served on the city council for seven years, four of which he was mayor pro tem.

  • Incumbent Coffman says voters have clear choice in 6th CD

      Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, up for re-election to a potential second term in November, paints himself as a distinct partisan politician, one unmistakably different from Democratic challenger John Flerlage in Colorado’s 6th District.

    “This race is not about two Marines campaigning against each other but one where a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat happen to be running for the same office,” Coffman said in an e-mail to the Courier. “We are polar opposites, and the

  • Benefit to honor two suicide victims

    Two area residents who committed suicide will be remembered on Saturday, July 24, at a benefit motorcycle run and rally sponsored by Cactus Jack’s Saloon in downtown Evergreen.

    The motorcycle run in honor of Tom Karsell begins with registration at 9 a.m. and the ride at 10 a.m. The start is at Crossroads in Pine Junction. Stops include the Holiday Bar in Morrison, Susie’s in Golden, Mother’s in Georgetown and ending at Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen.

  • County holding first all-mail primary in history

    As of July 22, some 215,000 ballots had been mailed to registered voters in Jefferson County’s first all-mail primary election, and the first in state history as well.

    Of the 54 counties in Colorado, 47 have decided to go with the all-mail option, which is made possible after the legislature passed a new law in 2009.

    Citizens should drop off their ballot envelopes, with a 44-cent stamp attached, at a local post office in time to arrive at the Jeffco Elections Division by 7 p.m. Aug. 10. (A ballot that is merely postmarked Aug. 10 is not acceptable.)

  • November trial date set in theft from Cub Scout pack

    The judge in the case of the former Cub Scout treasurer accused of taking funds from Evergreen Pack 39 said he would postpone the trial date, after the defendant revealed she had found a lawyer.

    The new date is Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m., instead of Aug. 3, according to documents on file at the county courthouse.

    The pretrial conference was continued by agreement of the parties to Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.

  • Santaguida appearance continued until August

    The July 26 arraignment of Zachariah Santaguida, an Evergreen man accused of first-degree murder in the April 8 slaying of his sister, Elizabeth Santaguida, was continued until 10 a.m. Aug. 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

    Santaguida’s attorney, public defender Rob Heineman, requested the continuation pending the defendant’s ongoing psychological evaluation.

    District Judge Margie Enquist readily agreed to the request, but set Aug. 23 as the deadline to set a motions-hearing date and a trial date.

  • Evergreen’s Maes in high-profile primary fight

    One of the two most-watched contests in the Aug. 10 primary election is shaping up to be the duel between two Republicans — an Evergreen businessman and a former U.S. congressman — to take on Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, for the governor’s job.

    In the other high-profile contest, Democrats will be deciding whether to send Andrew Romanoff or Michael Bennet to battle the winner of the primary contest between Republicans Jane Norton and Ken Buck for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Bennet.

  • Modern fun at Victorian-style lawn party

    Historic met modern on July 21 at the Victorian-style lawn party and concert at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

    Some attendees were dressed in turn-of-the-century garb, while others were in shorts and flip-flops. Children played croquet and a ring-toss game while the adults gathered around the pavilion to listen to the Highline Silver Cornet Band play old-time tunes.

    Refreshments were lemonade and iced tea, with Oreos and Fig Newtons.

  • Performer sees a need to entertain, educate

    Out of habit, members of Gail Hamilton’s audience sometimes raise their hands with questions.

    But the 57-year-old performer must wait patiently for the silence to abate, and then she can respond to the voices and sounds that connect Hamilton to her audience — and her world.

    Gail Hamilton is blind.

    Hamilton, a speaker, author, singer and teacher, performed recently for residents at the Life Care Center in Evergreen and treated them to an hour of her music and wit. She teases her listeners to put them at ease.

  • Zeman named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers

    Tim Zeman, a Denver native, has been named publisher of Evergreen Newspapers.

    Zeman, 46, is returning to Colorado after spending 17 years in Florida with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, where he held numerous advertising sales and sales management positions. He earned an advertising and public relations degree from the University of Arkansas after leaving Colorado in 1989.

    “I’m happy to be taking the helm of Evergreen Newspapers,” Zeman said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the business owners and my new neighbors.”