Today's News

  • Beltway authority holds first meeting

    May 22 marked the first meeting of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority at Arvada City Hall.

    Bill Ray, Arvada’s deputy city manager, was appointed interim executive director by the authority’s board of Directors. Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky was named chair, Arvada Mayor Bob Frie vice chair, and Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn treasurer.

  • 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.

  • A bolt of hope

    Debbie and Mike Betts didn’t want to leave the house.

  • 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.

  • In a well-polished shoe, a reflection of life

    Black shoe polish, a lighter, nylons, spit or faucet water, a freezer, cotton balls, wax. I was running late, so I just grabbed two clean socks and wrapped them around a worn can of Kiwi and a half-empty lighter. I placed them all in my jacket pocket. I could feel the soft lump pressing against my side as I drove to my parents’ house.

    He would soon be graduating and going off to college. I was 14 years old when my parents brought him home from the hospital as a baby. He is now the same age I was when I first entered basic training.

  • 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.