Local News

  • Santaguida pleads not guilty in sister's slaying

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man accused of murder in the death of his 24-year-old sister Elizabeth on Hilltop Drive on April 8 pleaded not guilty to all charges in Jefferson County District Court on Monday.

    The not-guilty plea paves the way for a trial, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 with jury selection. A pretrial conference was set for 10 a.m. Nov. 15 in District Judge Margie Enquist’s courtroom.

  • Weeds meet their match at Evergreen Lake

    Many mountain residents routinely admire the array of “wild” flowers that grace the landscape, but Evergreen resident Cathy Shelton is quick to point out that some of these beautiful plants are actually noxious weeds.

    That point took root Saturday morning at Evergreen Lake, as 29 volunteers ages 7 to 75 showed up to pull weeds during Evergreen Audubon’s Wake Up and Weed event. Participants packing pruners and a strong work ethic gathered under cloudless skies to battle the botanical invaders.

  • Gravitational pull: Evergreen scientist hopes to follow Newton's footsteps to the stars

    Can you imagine a million tourists in outer space by the year 2020? Evergreen resident Ben Solomon can, and he believes he’s found the key that could one day put touring the cosmos on a par with weekending in Cabo.

  • Park district survey questions


    From the Evergreen Park District opinion survey:

    “Evergreen District Residents’ Use of and Opinion on the Evergreen District and its Programs and Facilitiies”

    Conducted by Responsive Management Inc.

    June 2010

    Sample size 1,008

    Telephone survey/ random digit dialing



    Q. 13: Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the district’s service?

    Very satisfied, 48

    Somewhat satisfied, 31

  • Park district gets high marks in community survey

    The results of the long-awaited park district community opinion survey say a lot about how much people love the rec centers, trails, pools and parks in Evergreen but very little specifically about the controversial arts center proposal that was the subject of a recent feasibility study.

    Commissioned in December 2009 and conducted by a professional research company in June, the telephone survey asked more than 100 questions to 1,008 residents of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Boaters rescued from top of dam at Evergreen Lake

    Park district workers at Evergreen Lake rescued five people in a paddleboat at noon and three people later in a canoe in one unusually busy day on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

    It was a casual outing on the lake for two grandparents and their three grandchildren from Ohio, who were all wearing life jackets, until a gust of wind suddenly blew them to the edge of the dam, said Brad Bednar, Lake House supervisor with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • One sale fits all: Annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran packs them in

    Bargain hunters swarmed over thousands of items Saturday at the 21st annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran

    Church, with proceeds benefiting community programs that help people in need.

    “It’s a ripple effect of kindness,” said sale chairman Gary Sohrweid.

    “We’ve done this for years, and we’re good at this,” said sale chairwoman Carolyn Bergner.

  • East lot to close at Alderfer/Three Sisters

    The east parking lot at Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park in Evergreen will be closed from Monday, Aug. 23, to Oct. 5 for parking lot expansion and other improvements.

    Jefferson County Open Space will add 10 vehicle spaces for a total of 33 spaces, pave and stripe the lot, relocate picnic pad and bench, realign some trails to the trailhead, and install a new information kiosk.

    Some trees will be removed to allow for construction. The lot will be closed until the paving work is completed, and signs will be posted along Buffalo Park Road to indicate the closure.

  • Local woman to participate in 5K walk for lung cancer cure

    A nonsmoker with a healthy lifestyle, Jennifer Ames was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and died two months later at age 59. By the time the cancer was discovered, it was too late for effective treatment.

    It was a devastating blow for her only sister, Sam Johnson, the owner of Breezy Travel of Evergreen.

  • Maes wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

    After jumping into the governor’s race with no political experience and no establishment credentials or support, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes defeated Scott McInnis in the Republican primary.

    Maes won by 50.6 percent to 49.3 percent, with a record number of Coloradans casting primary votes.

    After peaking in the final weeks, the Maes campaign rolled to a stunning upset. Maes now faces Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party latecomer Tom Tancredo in November.