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  • 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.

  • Car break-ins prompt wider alert

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is urging citizens to be alert to criminal activity after evidence of a number of car break-ins and possible garage thefts surfaced over the weekend of Jan. 8-9 in the North Evergreen area.
    Judging by footprints in the snow, it appeared that some 20 homes had been approached by suspects with the intention of entering garages through unlocked doors, according to Dale Wizieck, crime prevention deputy with the Mountain Precinct.

  • Landowner protests proposed route of NEAT trail extension

    A property owner whose land is in the path of the upcoming extension to the NEAT trail system is worried the route is too close to Bergen Parkway and could put pedestrians, especially children, in danger.
    "I'm not worried about giving up a little sliver of land or the aesthetics of it. I'm worried about safety, pure and simple," said Richard Phelps, a retired golf course architect who has had an office in a small brown house at 1522 Bergen Parkway, north of the Blue Quill Angler, since 1986.

  • Lakepoint Center rezoning request clears one hurdle

    The Lakepoint Center at Evergreen Lake has received the go-ahead from the county planning commission to put an awning over the patio of Willow Creek restaurant, among other things.
    The commission approved the owners' request at a regular meeting Jan. 5 in the consent agenda. The Jeffco commissioners will make the final decision at their Jan. 25 meeting.

  • Fire board refining employee time-off policies

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board is examining the district’s holiday, sick-pay and leave-without-pay policies as part of an ongoing revision of the employee handbook.
    The board held a regular meeting Jan. 11 at the fire administration building. Board members Jeff Dedisse, Charles Simons, Chick Dykeman, George Kling and David Christensen were present.

  • Girls’ business aims to help polar bears

    The spirit of entrepreneurship and philanthropy is alive and well in two Evergreen girls who have started a business whose profits go to help save polar bears.