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  • Updating Kittredge's community plan

    As Bear Creek flows through Kittredge, the stream defines and shapes the community, residents pointed out at a meeting hosted by Jeffco planners on March 17.

    Most commercial development in Kittredge is near the creek, which borders Highway 74.

    Many residences, including the Sun Ridge subdivision, are built high on a ridge above the stream, which flows from the community down Bear Creek Canyon into Morrison.

  • Park district may relinquish management of Alderfer property

    For the past 25 years the Evergreen Park and Recreation District has been responsible for maintaining the house and barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park through a lease agreement with Jeffco Open Space, which owns the property.

    The lease on the 5.4-acre Alderfer property is expiring in November. And EPRD staff and board members are weighing the option of non-renewal because of the expenses involved in managing the aging structures.

  • Principal charged in sexual assault case

    Steven Weigum, the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a minor, was officially charged March 17. 

    Weigum, 55, faces counts 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, all felonies. An additional charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, was filed after Weigum’s first court appearance.  

  • Investigation continues into jail death

    An investigation into the death of a female inmate at the Jeffco jail is awaiting the findings of an autopsy report. 

    The Sheriff’s Office has completed interviews in its investigation and is awaiting the coroner's report on Jennifer Lobato, 37, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. That report could take several more weeks to complete.

  • Accident on westbound I-70 kills motorist

    One man was killed early Monday in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 that snarled westbound traffic for several hours near the Lookout Mountain exit.

    The 59-year-old male driver of a 2006 Lexus SUV died at the scene, said State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. The driver was from Littleton. No other information about the driver or the crash was immediately available.

  • Glycol leak forces closure of Kaiser Permanente clinic

    Employees were evacuated and the Kaiser Permanente clinic in Evergreen was closed since Wednesday, March 11, because of a glycol leak, according to a spokeswoman. The clinic was expected to reopen Wednesday.

    The Kaiser office at 2942 Evergreen Parkway was closed Tuesday, said Amy Whited, a spokeswoman for the company. Doctors and about 15 other workers were temporarily re-assigned to Kaiser Permanente's Wheat Ridge or Lakewood offices, Whited said.

  • Evergreen Rotary Club seeks proposals for Legacy Project

    The Rotary Club of Evergreen is embarking on a second Legacy Project for the community, said Rotary member Laurie Romberg.

    “We want it to be something that gives the most benefit to the Evergreen community and is sustainable,” she said.

    The first such project was in 2005 when the organization created the Rotary Gallery at Center/Stage, Romberg said. Since then the club has been involved with other service projects that were not in the “legacy” category, she added.

  • 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.