Today's News

  • Jeffco Open Space Division looks ahead to tighter belt

     Over the next 10 years, cities and special districts can expect to get less grant money from the Jefferson County Open Space Division as the agency faces the reality of a not unexpected, but substantially diminished, nest egg.

    A large portion of the $160 million in bond money authorized in 1998 to fund acquisitions has been spent, meaning there is a lot less available for buying up raw land.

  • 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.

  • Blue Spruce Kiwanis makes donations

    Blue Spruce Kiwanis donated $3,800 to local nonprofits to start 2011.

    The board voted to award $250 to the Evergreen High School Education Foundation for technology, textbooks and training; $2,000 to Bootstraps Inc. for scholarships; $500 to Mt. Evans Hospice; $400 to the Evergreen High School music program; $500 to the Senior Resource Center; and $200 to Congregation Beth Evergreen’s seventh-grade students for their Hoops for Haiti school supplies fund-raiser for hurrican victims.

  • Local youths slip into roles in ‘Cinderella, Kids!’

    Being a princess is hard work. Just ask Kate Middleton as she is planning the royal wedding for Prince William. There are glass slippers to be fitted, coaches that keep turning into pumpkins, and royal clocks that strike midnight at inopportune times. But a group of Conifer elementary school students is making being a princess look like a breeze. In StageDoor Theatre’s upcoming production of “Cinderella,” audiences (and Kate Middleton) can see how it’s done.

  • African art show comes to Creekside Cellars

    A collection of multimedia artwork from Africa assembled by longtime Evergreen resident and Peace Corps training executive Malcolm Lillywhite is on display at Creekside Cellars winery and restaurant on Main Street in Evergreen.

  • Udall idea could help build unity

    I don’t always see eye to eye with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, but I’ve never doubted his sincerity. Last week, he floated a simple but potentially revolutionary idea to change the partisan tenor of the annual State of the Union address. Rather than have Republicans and Democrats separated by party affiliation, Udall suggested, why not mix things up and let political adversaries sit next to one another?
    Senator Udall, that’s a terrific idea.

  • Snow, cold, books and snowberries

    Light snows and bitter cold weather have been the trend in January. It is the kind of weather that makes me want to curl up by the fireplace and read. Since this is the kind of weather we have had for over a month, I should be caught up with my reading, but I’m not.

    There are just so many good new books out that I can’t find enough time. However, there are a few books I’ve read or have read about lately that I fell many readers of this column may find interesting.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A call to action