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  • Who manages Evergreen Lake?

    Since the tragic accident at Evergreen Lake in January that took the life of Idledale resident Greg Henika, a question of responsibility for managing the reservoir has surfaced in the community.

    Representatives of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District say the district is one of several agencies with a role in the management of Evergreen Lake. They also say that EPRD staff maintain only the portion of the lake where the ice rinks are located, and not the entire body of water. 

  • Deputy derided prisoner who later died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn't do drugs.”

  • Bond set at $50,000 for principal accused in sex assault

    Bond was set at $50,000 on March 11 for the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School in South Jeffco, who was arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a child that began more than 10 years ago.

    Steven Weigum, 55, was taken into custody March 9 and booked into the jail on charges of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • Phone scammer claiming to be from Elk Creek Fire soliciting funds

    The Elk Creek Fire Department has received reports that a scammer is calling local residents and asking for donations and credit-card information while posing as a representative of the fire department.

  • Jail prisoner who died was awaiting medical attention

    A shoplifting suspect who died March 2 while in custody at the Jeffco jail requested medical attention during the afternoon but stopped breathing hours later and died before she was seen by medical professionals. 

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, complained to jail staff that afternoon about feeling ill, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. A deputy then notified the jail’s medical staff that Lobato was throwing up and had asked to see a doctor.

  • Two car-theft suspects taken into custody in Evergreen

    Authorities have two suspects in custody, a man and a woman, in connection with a car theft reported in the 3800 block of Evergreen Parkway on Tuesday afternoon near Safeway.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic violence dispute in front of Safeway, according to Mark Techmeyer, a sheriff's spokesman. Deputies determined that the car the couple were in allegedly had been stolen, and they took a female suspect into custody there, Techmeyer said. 

  • Keyser sponsoring bills designed to assist businesses, college students

    Since taking office in January, state Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, has become the prime sponsor of nine bills, including three designed to assist businesses in Colorado. 

  • Evergreen's community leaders honored

    Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District has been honored as 2014 Leader of the Year by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Evergreen. The owner of architectural firm EV Studio, Dalvit has helped initiate the Legacy Fund of DEED, a voluntary 1 percent add-on charge at downtown businesses to raise funds for improving infrastructure and building connecting trails.

  • Music festival to honor Greg Henika


    Thirteen bands are tuning up for a music festival that will honor Blue Spruce Kiwanis member Greg Henika on Saturday at the Stagecoach Sports Grill.

    Blue Spruce Kiwanis members, Stagecoach Grill, the 285 Corridor Angels and local musician Brian Hines have teamed to raise money for the charities that Henika supported. Henika died in January in an accident at Evergreen Lake while grooming the ice for a planned event.

  • Local charities support Special Olympics basketball team

    The action was lively on the basketball court at Wilmot Elementary School last Thursday afternoon as members of the Special Olympics team practiced for a game that evening in Denver.

    Maren Schreiber, special populations coordinator for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, was in the midst of the players, offering encouragement and directing them. 

    “Good shot!” she called to a player who tossed the ball into the hoop with one swift motion.