Today's News

  • County administrator’s firing linked to land purchase

      Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore was fired for refusing to cooperate with county officials in executing a land purchase linked to a legal settlement hidden from the public, documents obtained by the Columbine Courier show.

    Moore defied instructions to place the $1.4 million purchase of 19 acres near Dinosaur Ridge on a consent agenda last December, and he was fired shortly thereafter in a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners.

  • Area wildflowers are a hit now -- and even in 1871

    June has mostly been a beautiful month if you can overlook the troublesome hailstorm that shattered everyone’s

    garden last week.

    Hail is always likely in June. There is not much we can do about it. Sometimes a protective row cover will take the brunt of it and keep plants from being shredded so seriously, but I can’t recall a June that we haven’t had at least one destructive hailstorm. It is so regular that long ago I started calling June the hail month.

  • Spillover from a catastrophe

    There’s something singularly awful about watching the worst environmental disaster in our country’s history and knowing that, with all of America’s wealth and technological prowess, nothing has been done to prevent the ongoing catastrophe that threatens an entire way of life.

  • Cougars get late help from Moss, Gold

    CONIFER — Lute Moss, unlike his Evergreen teammates, hadn’t stood in the batter’s box against Conifer starting pitcher Steven Stick yet. But when the Cougars reserve got his first at-bat in the sixth inning he made the most of it.

  • Hillig motivated by his push for Chicago marathon



    GEORGETOWN — Maybe Charles Hillig Jr. could’ve made things a little easier on himself, but there was a method to his madness.

  • Investigator: Santaguida confessed to slaying

    Evergreen resident Zachariah Santaguida admitted hitting his sister Elizabeth with a two-fisted overhead blow on April 8 as she bent down to pick up a DVD, a sheriff’s investigator testified June 25 at a preliminary hearing in Jefferson County District Court.

    Santaguida, in an interview with police the next day, confessed to then strangling his sister with his hands and a shoelace, the investigator testified.

  • Trio of motocross riders making a name for themselves


    What does it take for a girl to compete in a male-dominated sport such as motocross? How about strength, determination and courage?

  • Park district to inspect boats for zebra mussels

    Beginning July 1, all boats launched in Evergreen Lake must be inspected for zebra or quagga mussels, which are tiny freshwater mollusks that arrived from the Black and Caspian seas on ships traveling internationally.

    All boats and floatable devices, including canoes, kayaks and belly boats, are subject to inspection.

    A boater pass costs $4 a day or $30 for the season. The inspections are free but mandatory, and are available during business hours seven days a week, as part of a statewide mandatory testing program now in effect.

  • Sounds of music, mirth at the lake

    A fun but inexpensive way to celebrate the Fourth of July close to home is being staged again this year at Evergreen Lake under the big white tent.

    The main attraction is a performance of the renowned National Repertory Orchestra, a select group of young student musicians. But there are a number of offerings going on all day to appeal to people of all ages.

    Audience members are invited to come early and bring a chair for sitting under the big tent, or they can spread a blanket on the lawn.

  • Cowboys for a day

    Some might think the days of cowboys on the open prairie are long gone, but not at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

    Each summer, the museum teaches kids in first through third grade about what it was like to be cowboys, pioneers or Native Americans before cars, kitchen appliances and iPods.

    Discovery Days, which has been teaching children through hands-on activities since 1981, works in a three-year rotation, so kids can come to the camp more than once. This year, the theme was cowboys.