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  • Wrong-way crash kills Evergreen woman, injures deputy on 285

    A driver going the wrong way on U.S. 285 has died in a two-vehicle accident that also injured a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy.
    The accident occurred about 8:24 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 285 struck a Jefferson County patrol vehicle.
    The driver of a black Subaru Outback, identified as Sabrina Pedersen, 33, of Evergreen, was traveling on U.S. 285 between Eagle Cliff Road and Turkey Creek Road when the accident occurred. Pedersen was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • State Senate District 16 race too close to call

    It was not known whether Evergreen Republican Tim Leonard or Gilpin County Democrat Jeanne Nicholson had eked out a narrow win in the race for the state Senate District 16 seat as of late Wednesday afternoon.
    At 5 p.m., the Denver Post reported Tim Leonard with 50.3 percent, or 27,690 votes, to Jeanne Nicholson’s 49.6 percent, or 27,318 votes, a difference of 372 votes.
    But Nicholson campaign manager Tracy McIlrath contended that Nicholson was ahead by 518 votes, based on an afternoon survey of five county clerks' offices.

  • Santaguida pleads guilty to homicide in sister's death

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man accused of murder in the death of his 24-year-old sister, Elizabeth, on Hilltop Drive last April 8 pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to murder charges in Jefferson County district court.
    Sentencing for Zach Santaguida was set for 8 a.m. Jan. 21. He faces 75 to 85 years in prison, according the Jeffco district attorney's office.
    In August, Santaguida entered a not-guilty plea. A trial was set for January.
    He has been held in jail without bond since his arrest on April 9.

  • Coffman retains seat in Congress

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, an airline pilot, collected 31 percent, and Libertarian Rob McNealy captured about 3 percent.

    In Jefferson County races, incumbents mostly held onto their seats, with the exceptions of District 3 Commissioner Kathy Hartman and Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp, who lost to Republican challenger John Graham.

  • Voters reject Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101

    Voters soundly rejected Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on Tuesday.
    Amendment 60 was opposed by 77 percent of voters. The amendment would have reduced property taxes on a $300,000 house by $376, according to a September state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly. The bulk of that would have come from slashing school-related property taxes, but the measure would also have substantially impacted special districts, which predominate in mountain communities.

  • Rosier ousts Hartman from county commission

    District 3 County Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was the first Democrat to serve on the commission in a decade and a half, was defeated in last week’s election.

    Republican challenger Don Rosier ultimately topped Hartman by more than 4 percentage points, as Jeffco votes were fully counted by Monday morning.

  • State Senate race still a cliffhanger

    Election Day is over, but in the case of state Senate District 16, the candidates are conceding nothing except that the race is still too close to call.

    Democrat Jeanne Nicholson of Gilpin County appears to be on the winning side so far with a 518-vote lead out of about 59,418 total votes counted, according to her count.

    Republican Tim Leonard of Kittredge unveiled a vote count showing the margin was 537 votes in Nicholson's favor, with 60,009 votes counted.

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  • Woman receives probation, weekend jail time for theft from Cub Scouts

    A Pine woman who eventually pleaded guilty to stealing $11,000 from Evergreen Cub Scout Pack 39 in 2008 was sentenced Nov. 1 to four weekends in the Jefferson County jail and a year of probation.

    Appearing in court with her lawyer, Ingrid Bakke, Lisa Marie Williams, 40, the former troop treasurer, said she was driven by financial desperation to steal the money but that she was "extremely remorseful."

    Judge Christopher Munch ordered Williams to report to the jail on Friday, where she will be incarcerated for 48 hours.

  • Community rallies to support young cancer patient

    Evergreen High School and the community are joining forces to help junior Spencer Page fight the toughest battle he’s ever faced. But this time it’s not on the basketball court or on the baseball field: Spencer, 17, is fighting cancer.

    He is going through chemotherapy and will face radiation and surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that is 4 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches in the right side of his chest