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  • Commissioners delay repayment for loan linked to campaign contributors

    Jefferson County on Tuesday granted a decade-long grace period on a loan of more than $6.4 million to an undeveloped metropolitan district for construction of the C-470 and Alameda interchange.

    Green Tree Metropolitan District, which is governed by at least one developer who has contributed substantially to Jeffco Republican campaigns, borrowed the money in 2007 from the county to help construct the $17 million interchange.

  • Par for the c-c-c-course: Ice Golf Tourney brings bitter-cold bogeys, good times to Evergreen Lake

    Some ninety-one golfers took to the ice Sunday morning at Evergreen Lake during the inaugural Ice Golf Tournament.

    The ice popped and cracked beneath the golfers’ feet as tennis balls — used in place of golf balls — bounced haphazardly around the course, occasionally making their way into the numbered holes drilled a few inches into the ice.

    “It's great that they're doing this, and it's super-fun,” said Jordan Alexander Owens of Evergreen.

  • Fireplace fires nearly wreck two homes in Genesee

    Since the first of the year, two dangerous house fires have broken out in fireplaces in Genesee and burned through the walls to the outside, generating enough smoke and flame to attract the attention of passing motorists.

    Carlton Babb, chief of the Genesee Fire Department, is urging residents in Genesee Foundation, Genesee Village and Chimney Creek to have their fireplaces and chimneys inspected by a certified chimney inspector for buildup and wear at least annually.

  • Novel tackles motherhood postponed for career

    After 20 years as a successful career woman in the an era when women were still a novelty in the business world, Kim Rowley decided to trade in her single life in Los Angeles to concentrate on her marriage.

    She left the West Coast and joined her husband in a more low-key existence in the resort-like retreat of Evergreen. An enthusiastic golfer, Rowley was twice named women’s champion of the Hiwan Golf Club.

  • Jeffco Open Space Division looks ahead to tighter belt

     Over the next 10 years, cities and special districts can expect to get less grant money from the Jefferson County Open Space Division as the agency faces the reality of a not unexpected, but substantially diminished, nest egg.

    A large portion of the $160 million in bond money authorized in 1998 to fund acquisitions has been spent, meaning there is a lot less available for buying up raw land.

  • Beltway compromise plan riles Golden residents

    A Golden-based grassroots group opposed to the proposed Jefferson Parkway drew about 400 people to a meeting Jan. 18 in the auditorium of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

    The toll-road plan is being scrutinized in the wake of Jefferson County's offer to help buy $5 million of open space (Section 16) along Colorado 93 in exchange for Boulder dropping its opposition to the highway.

  • Santaguida sentenced to 75 years in sister's death

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man who pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to murdering his sister in their home on Hilltop Drive on April 8, 2010, has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

    "This is clearly a tragedy for everyone involved," Jefferson County District Judge Margie Enquist said at a hearing on Jan. 21.

    As outlined in the plea deal reached in November, Zachariah Santaguida will serve 48 years for second-degree murder and 27 years for second-degree kidnapping, to be served consecutively. He could have received as much as 85 years.

  • McCasky stepping down as commissioner

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky announced Jan. 19 he will be stepping down from his elected position to accept a job as president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council.

    McCasky, 50, a Republican whose term would have run through 2012, had previously sat on the JEC’s board as a representative of the county. His hiring was unanimously approved Jan. 19 at the nonprofit’s board meeting.

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  • Evergreen man arrested on Internet sex charges

    An Evergreen man has been arrested on suspicion of Internet luring of a minor.
    Ryan Michael Lafferty, 33, was arrested by Jefferson County district attorney investigators Jan. 10 and charged with Internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. Lafferty posted $1,500 bond the next day. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 11.
    According to the arrest affidavit, Lafferty was arrested after allegedly communicating by Internet with Jefferson County investigators who were posing as a 14-year-old girl from Littleton.