Local News

  • Ice Melt Barrel gets wet April 12

    The 2010 Ice Melt Barrel on Evergreen Lake officially hit water on Monday, April 12, at 14:35:43, but two days after the steel drum was spotted in a floating position, the barrel disappeared off everyone’s radar screens.

    It was the latest splashdown in the four-year history of the fund-raiser, which is staged by Mountain Foothills Rotary members.

  • Evergreen Lake to get makeover this summer

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has received a $107,000 Open Space Joint Venture Grant to make landscaping and other outdoor improvements at Evergreen Lake. The district is projected to spend $43,000 for a total project cost of $150,000.

    Based on the grant application, the bulk of the money, or $77,000, is to add 2 inches of asphalt to the parking lot “to even it out and clean it up,” said Dick Wulf, park district consultant. “It’s not in very good shape.”

  • Evergreen man charged with murder, sex assault in slaying

    An Evergreen man accused of killing his older sister was charged Thursday morning with two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of sexual assault and one count of robbery.

    Zachariah Thomas Santaguida, 18, appeared in Jefferson County District Court for an advisement hearing in Judge Margie Enquist’s courtroom. His preliminary hearing is set for 8 a.m. June 25.

  • Evergreen man arrested in slaying of sister

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested an 18-year-old Evergreen man in the slaying of his sister after responding to a call of an adult female not breathing in the 30000 block of Hilltop Drive in Evergreen at 11 p.m. April 8.

    Zachariah Thomas Santaguida was booked into the Jefferson County jail, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

    The victim, a 24-year-old woman, has not been identified. Her sister found her in the family home, where the brother also was living, according to police.

  • Suspect, 18, being held on murder charges in Hilltop Drive slaying

    A man arrested April 9 on suspicion of killing his sister at their home on Hilltop Drive in Evergreen is being held on first-degree murder charges in the Jefferson County jail without bond.

    The suspect, Zachariah Thomas Santaguida, 18, appeared Monday by video in County Judge Thomas Vance’s courtroom in the Jefferson County courthouse. Santaguida did not make a statement.

  • Forum planned April 20 for park district candidates

    The Canyon Courier is sponsoring a forum for candidates in the upcoming May 4 election for three seats on the board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Evergreen Lake House. The public is invited.

    Ann Bolson, pastor of Wild Rose Congregational Church, will be moderating, and Canyon Courier editor Doug Bell will present the candidates.

    Seven are in the running: Andrew Adamowski, Pat Callahan, Brett Champine, Mark Footer, Barb Scripps, Kit Darrow and Roger Hoaglund.


  • Park and rec candidate Mark Footer


    Broker-owner, Intero Real Estate Services

    Educational background

    Northern Arizona University, B.S. in business administration

    Family information

    Married, three kids

    Age: 43

    Length of residence in Evergreen/neighborhood you live in

    Upper Bear Creek, 10 years

    Why you are running for the park board?

  • Medical pot dispensary closes in wake of hearing

    A South Jeffco medical marijuana dispensary has temporarily closed following a hearing that upheld a zoning violation notice issued to the business.

    The owner of Footprints Health & Wellness, Marc Giuliani, said he will appeal the board of adjustment’s decision in district court. The board voted 4-1 to uphold the violation notice, which subjects Giuliani to a potential $1,000 fine for every day he sells medical marijuana.

  • New group promotes recycling, saving energy

    A group of Evergreen environmental enthusiasts has started a nonprofit organization — Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability + You, or “E.A.S.+Y” for short — to encourage more people to recycle and “to leave no trace.”

    “Our purpose isn’t to create recycling stations or pick up material but have people realize how easy it would be if you just pay attention to it,” said Tupper Briggs of Re/Max Alliance Evergreen, president of the board of E.A.S.+Y and a recent convert to the recycling lifestyle.

  • Helicopter crash-lands on Mount Morrison

    A helicopter crash-landed on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks early Sunday morning just after the Easter sunrise service at the amphitheater.

    Two people aboard the chopper, a flight instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries when the copter went down around 7:30 a.m., said Cindy Matthews, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire. A May Day call had gone out from the copter saying it was heading for a concrete pad on Mount Morrison, Matthews said.

    The craft ended up putting down on the side of the mountain, then tipped over, its blades cutting into the slope.