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  • County drops 5 polling places in Evergreen area

    Finding a polling place was difficult for some Evergreen area residents, who were caught unaware that their customary voting establishment had become obsolete, at least temporarily, if not permanently.

    At least 10 polling places from Kittredge to Evergreen were consolidated down to five for the Nov. 2 elections, said Josh Liss, Jeffco’s deputy of elections.

  • Uncontested Gerou returns to state House from District 25

    State Rep. Cheri Gerou enjoyed uncontested status during the 2010 general election campaign and ended with 24,365 votes in House District 25. She was first elected to the seat in 2008.

    Of those that voted, 19,866 were by mail-in, 3,619 by polling place or paper ballot, and 871 by early voting.

    On election night, Gerou was at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver watching the returns come in until about 11 p.m. Then she got up at 3:40 a.m. to check her computer to see how other races had turned out.

  • State Senate race too close to call on Friday

      As of Friday, Nov. 5, the race between Democrat Jeanne Nicholson and Republican Tim Leonard for the District 16 state Senate seat was still too close too call.


    As of late afternoon, Leonard said the margin was 456 votes, with Nicholson in the lead. Some 320 outstanding provisional ballots in Jefferson County still remained to be validated and counted, Leonard said.


    On Wednesday The Denver Post reported Leonard ahead with 27,690 votes, compared to Jeanne Nicholson with 27,318 votes.


  • Send us your Thanksgiving horror stories

    Have you toasted a turkey? Were your spuds duds? Did your pooch pilfer the meal? Relatives recalcitrant?

    Send us your stories about Thanksgivings that were turkeys. E-mail them to vicky@evergreenco.com, and we'll feature the worst of the best in an upcoming holiday story.

  • 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.