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Today's News

  • Santaguida pleads guilty to homicide in sister's death

    The 19-year-old Evergreen man accused of murder in the death of his 24-year-old sister, Elizabeth, on Hilltop Drive last April 8 pleaded guilty Nov. 3 to murder charges in Jefferson County district court.
    Sentencing for Zach Santaguida was set for 8 a.m. Jan. 21. He faces 75 to 85 years in prison, according the Jeffco district attorney's office.
    In August, Santaguida entered a not-guilty plea. A trial was set for January.
    He has been held in jail without bond since his arrest on April 9.

  • Artists With Altitude finds a new home

  • Coffman retains seat in Congress

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, an airline pilot, collected 31 percent, and Libertarian Rob McNealy captured about 3 percent.

    In Jefferson County races, incumbents mostly held onto their seats, with the exceptions of District 3 Commissioner Kathy Hartman and Coroner Katherine Loughrey-Stemp, who lost to Republican challenger John Graham.

  • Voters reject Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101

    Voters soundly rejected Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on Tuesday.
    Amendment 60 was opposed by 77 percent of voters. The amendment would have reduced property taxes on a $300,000 house by $376, according to a September state Legislative Council memo to the General Assembly. The bulk of that would have come from slashing school-related property taxes, but the measure would also have substantially impacted special districts, which predominate in mountain communities.

  • Rosier ousts Hartman from county commission

    District 3 County Commissioner Kathy Hartman, who was the first Democrat to serve on the commission in a decade and a half, was defeated in last week’s election.

    Republican challenger Don Rosier ultimately topped Hartman by more than 4 percentage points, as Jeffco votes were fully counted by Monday morning.

  • State Senate race still a cliffhanger

    Election Day is over, but in the case of state Senate District 16, the candidates are conceding nothing except that the race is still too close to call.

    Democrat Jeanne Nicholson of Gilpin County appears to be on the winning side so far with a 518-vote lead out of about 59,418 total votes counted, according to her count.

    Republican Tim Leonard of Kittredge unveiled a vote count showing the margin was 537 votes in Nicholson's favor, with 60,009 votes counted.

  • Political ads dwelled on the negative

    If you’ve seen the political advertising that has now mercifully ended with the culmination of this year’s election cycle, you could easily be left with the belief that anyone who runs for political office in Colorado is an immoral opportunist seeking to destroy life as we know it.

  • How to nail down a presence

    A few things have broken down lately in my aging body. Split fingernails led me to my first real manicurist, Shannon Hoffman. No mere nail technician, Shannon is a miracle worker who has rescued my hands from tape and glue with her sensitive and individualized approach to nail care.
    What did I know? I’d had the obligatory manicure for a few family functions and a couple of mass-produced pedicures during sandal season.

  • Dark-eyed juncos bring color to fall bird feeders

    I am writing this on Sunday, Oct. 31. This has been a beautiful autumn Sunday with temperatures ranging from 60 this morning to the low 70s this afternoon.
    A light breeze is keeping it from being warmer, but the sky is at its best Colorado blue. I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living, disappointed that I need to stay a bit longer, but I now plan to be home with some of my family by Thanksgiving.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Impetuous, full-throated, and slightly nutty