Local News

  • Berry case will proceed

    Jefferson County District Judge Tamara Russell ruled in favor of proceeding in the case against the Evergreen couple accused of securities fraud after a two-hour preliminary hearing Nov. 12.

    The state of Colorado has charged Anne Wakeford Berry, 48, and her husband, Kenneth Gerald Berry, 66, with multiple counts of securities fraud in connection with their company, Biotech Information Systems Inc., which was incorporated in Nevada in June 2005.

  • Marijuana counseling office opening downtown

    Medical marijuana dispensaries are popping up all over the Denver area, but there are none operating overtly in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    “The zoning resolution doesn’t allow them anywhere,” said Kathy Hartman, county commissioner for District 3, which covers the mountains.

    “It would require a change of the zoning resolution, and we are not moving in any hurry,” Hartman said. “I would like for Jeffco to wait. I don’t want to be in a position of changing zoning while the state law is in flux.”

  • Pine resident accused of taking Cub Scout funds

    The Jefferson County district attorney’s office is charging a former Cub Scout treasurer with taking money from the troop based at Marshdale Elementary.

    Lisa Marie Williams, 39, of Pine has been charged with one felony count of theft in a complaint filed in County Court on Oct. 6. She was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 6 for an advisement hearing but did not come forward when her name was called.

    Williams is accused of illegally obtaining between $1,000 and $20,000 belonging to Cub Scout Pack 39 sometime between August and Dec. 31, 2008.

  • A lesson in service: Evergreen schools mark holiday by honoring veterans

    At Parmalee Elementary School, 224 veterans — the relatives of 68 students — are celebrated this year on the Veterans Honor Wall in the cafeteria.

    The wall, which has been a 20-year tradition at the school, is one of the ways Parmalee pays tribute to military personnel past and present for Veterans Day.

    Parmalee is one of several Evergreen schools planning special ceremonies and events this week.


  • Couple win dream wedding at Evergreen Lake House

    Curtis Evans, 24, and Kendra Johnson, 23, both from North Carolina, were chosen from 27 couples who sent letters to wedding planner Joanna Bailey of Denver, who sponsored the contest.

    When the couple met in 2004, Evans was a rodeo cowboy, and Johnson was a high school senior. She was in Gillette, Wyo., with her family to watch her brother ride in the National Finals High School Rodeo.

    Introductions took place. Evans bought a ticket just to get on the same plane back to North Carolina with Johnson. They have been together ever since.

  • Life Care Center collecting for Operation Christmas Child

    Christmas is arriving early all over Evergreen, as Life Care Center of Evergreen is serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of Evergreen volunteers, the sites will be brimming with festively wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts.

  • Wah Keeney developer reaches accord with county

    In an effort to clear land for a condo development, Barbachano cut down several hundred trees and built a road in the vicinity of 3066 Yucca Lane and Spruce Road on the eastern edge of Wah Keeney.

    Under terms of the agreement signed Oct. 27, Barbachano agreed to the following:

    • To install additional erosion-control fence around the newly extended portion of the access on the property.

  • Idledale water storage tank to be retired after 30 years

    The Idledale Water and Sanitation District is ready to begin work this winter on building a new 250,000-gallon water tank to supply the 125 homeowners in the district west of Morrison.

    The existing concrete tank isn’t leaking but is “at the end of its useful life,” said AJ Beckman, district manager with Special District Management Services of Lakewood, a consulting firm that handles 35 special districts.

  • Park district budget shows no increases in wages

    Under the preliminary park district budget for 2010, there will be no furlough days or reduced hours, but district employees are getting no raises or cost-of-living increases. The district has about 35 full-time employees and about 60 contract employees.

    The new budget assumes the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will take in nearly $5 million from taxes and operations, an increase of 2 percent compared to $4.85 million in 2009.

    The hourly charge to use Marshdale fields, which was proposed in the last draft, has been eliminated, but per-player charges will rise.

  • Fire destroys house in Brook Forest Estates

    A two-story wood-frame house at 3 Ute Trail in Brook Forest Estates, about 9 miles southwest of downtown Evergreen, was destroyed after a fire broke out about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    Two dogs were in the house and died in the blaze. The owners weren’t home at the time of the fire.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue responded to the scene, which was in the Clear Creek County part of the Evergreen fire district, near the Pike National Forest, at the end of a dirt road. About 15 firefighters responded with about five large trucks.