Local News

  • 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.

  • Park district to inspect boats for zebra mussels

    Beginning July 1, all boats launched in Evergreen Lake must be inspected for zebra or quagga mussels, which are tiny freshwater mollusks that arrived from the Black and Caspian seas on ships traveling internationally.

    All boats and floatable devices, including canoes, kayaks and belly boats, are subject to inspection.

    A boater pass costs $4 a day or $30 for the season. The inspections are free but mandatory, and are available during business hours seven days a week, as part of a statewide mandatory testing program now in effect.

  • Sounds of music, mirth at the lake

    A fun but inexpensive way to celebrate the Fourth of July close to home is being staged again this year at Evergreen Lake under the big white tent.

    The main attraction is a performance of the renowned National Repertory Orchestra, a select group of young student musicians. But there are a number of offerings going on all day to appeal to people of all ages.

    Audience members are invited to come early and bring a chair for sitting under the big tent, or they can spread a blanket on the lawn.

  • Cowboys for a day

    Some might think the days of cowboys on the open prairie are long gone, but not at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

    Each summer, the museum teaches kids in first through third grade about what it was like to be cowboys, pioneers or Native Americans before cars, kitchen appliances and iPods.

    Discovery Days, which has been teaching children through hands-on activities since 1981, works in a three-year rotation, so kids can come to the camp more than once. This year, the theme was cowboys.

  • Primary colors: Rodeo Parade brings a riot of red, white and blue to Main Street

    The Rodeo Parade is widely known as the colorful kickoff to summer in Evergreen, and this year’s event under Saturday’s sunny skies focused on three primary shades: red, white and blue.

    Patriotism set the dominant tone among the 103 parade entries and the crowds that lined Main Street, with streamers, confetti and balloons wearing the colors of the day and saluting the parade’s theme: Support Our Troops.

    Evergreen resident Dave Montesi said the event was an important way to show our soldiers that we appreciate what they do for our country.

  • Evergreen kids connect online with Zimbabwean students

    At Evergreen Country Day School, learning about other cultures is more than just talking the talk. The school walks the walk.

    For the private school in El Rancho, connecting with people in other parts of the world is an important part of the school day. Every grade level at the school has been involved in meeting people in other parts of the world, for the most part without leaving the classroom.

  • Kenneth Berry gets 20 years for fraud

    After listening to several victims testify about how 67-year-old Kenneth Gerald Berry cheated and abused them with his phony business plan, Jeffco District Judge Tamara Russell disregarded pleas for leniency and handed down a 20-year sentence.

    Evergreen residents Ken and Anne Berry were arrested at their home on Bear Mountain on Feb. 19, 2009, and charged with 18 and four counts, respectively, of securities fraud in connection with their company, Biotech Information Systems Inc.

  • Rec district boosts per-player fees

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will increase per-player fees from $21 in fall 2010 to $24 for the spring and fall seasons in 2011.

    Per-player fees have been an issue since last fall, when park district staff determined the annual field maintenance expense was being only slightly offset by the fee payments, which were $15 per player as of fall 2009.

  • Trial date set for Kittredge man accused of kidnapping, sex assault

    A trial in the case of a man accused of the Dec. 29 kidnapping and sexual assault of an Evergreen woman has been set for four days beginning Oct. 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

    Joel M. Herrin, 41, of Kittredge pleaded not guilty to the charges April 26. Herrin’s attorney, Rob Bernhardt, had been seeking a plea bargain entailing a sentence of between 16 and 48 years. The maximum sentence could include a life term.