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  • Windshield goes to watery grave

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A South Jeffco woman was the victim of a drive-by water balloon attack last week that left her spirit rattled and her windshield cracked. She told deputies that she was driving east on Quincy Avenue at about Carr Street when an unknown object hit her windshield. She saw a gray car heading the other direction and tried to follow it but soon lost it in the neighborhood. She pulled her car over and asked a woman to call 911. As she was waiting for deputies, the suspect's car drove by again, and the woman's husband gave chase.

  • Foothills faces grim financial picture: Rising costs, flat revenues expected through 2020

    Between now and 2020, the Foothills Park & Recreation District will face flat revenues as costs continue to rise — in some cases by roughly 25 percent annually.

  • Scouts give retired flags a dignified sendoff

    Like many things in life, an American flag will eventually reach the point where it needs to be retired. But with the flag’s powerful sentimental and symbolic value, the stars and stripes cannot simply be thrown away.

    An American flag that will wave no more must be burned.

    The national Flag Code says a flag, when it is in such a condition that it is not fitting for display, should "be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

  • Jeffco wins legal battle against Zinna; suit against Congrove remains

    A lawsuit alleging Jefferson County and District 1 Commissioner Jim Congrove conspired to deprive longtime county critic Mike Zinna of his constitutional rights was dismissed May 23.

    The suit was one of two against Jeffco filed by Zinna since 2005. The other is a 2006 case against Congrove and a group of his associated whom Zinna accuses of illegally obtaining his e-mails and creating a website to attack and defame him.

  • Boy Scout erects flags to honor fallen law officers

    As American flags have started to appear in clusters around the sheriff's complex in Golden, county employees and visitors have started to call Sheriff Ted Mink and ask why.

    "When they first went up, I got calls from people asking about it," Mink said. "People were very receptive. They said, 'That's a great idea.’ "

  • A lifelong ascent: Rob Witwer ends his time as a legislator, but his drive to scale challenges remains

    When Rob Witwer looks at a mountain, he doesn't see an obstacle — he sees an opportunity.

    "No matter how big of a challenge you have, it starts with a single step," said Witwer, an avid climber and hiker. "If you look at a mountain, it seems so large and so insurmountable — you can't conceive of how you're going to get to the top. It's the same thing with a public policy challenge."

  • Jeffco team coordinating recovery efforts in Windsor

    Jefferson County’s Incident Management Team took control of the recovery efforts in Windsor in the wake of the devastating tornadoes of May 22.

    A statement was released announcing the team's control of the recovery efforts in the affected neighborhoods of Windsor and in the surrounding areas.

    At least one person died and more than 100 were treated for injuries when a series of twisters tore through northern Colorado.

  • Fathers and sons: Send us your photos

    The Courier wants to recognize the fathers and sons among our readers by printing pairs of pictures in the June 11 edition. Send digital images to news@evergreenco.com, and look for the pictures in paper preceding Fathers Day.

  • DA filing charges again in '76 cold case

    The district attorney has decided to direct-file murder and rape charges against Ricky Lee Harnish in the 1976 murder of Holly Marie Andrews instead of appealing a decision to dismiss the case.

    DNA found on the body of a 1976 murder victim was not enough for county Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez to send the case to trial, and the case was dismissed after a preliminary hearing on April 17.

  • Man gets 48 years for shooting in Morrison

    A Lakewood man was sentenced May 22 to 48 years in prison for the attempted murder of three men at Caf Prague in Morrison in March 2007.

    Following a four-day trial in April, a jury found Aaron Allen Fain, 40, guilty of three counts of attempted first-degree murder.