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  • CU professor calls total solar eclipse an experience like no other

    Doug Duncan has seen his fair share of total solar eclipses during his career as an astronomer, but for the University of Colorado professor and director of Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, the eclipse next week will be the closest one to hit near home.
    “This is total eclipse No. 10 for me,” Duncan said. “I’ve seen them in China, South Africa, Bolivia, (the) Galapagos (Islands) and Mexico. Those are ones that come to mind.”

  • Probable cause found in Joiner case

    A district judge last Thursday found probable cause in the case of a former Morrison police officer arrested in connection with theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.

    Anthony Joiner, 38, is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the Town of Morrison between December 2010 and February 2016.

  • Dragonfest forms family from those of different faiths

    For more than 30 years, people of all ages have gathered in the mountains of Colorado for a celebration of Earth-based spiritualities.

    This year – on a secluded plot of private land outside of Bailey – approximately 350 people united for a multi-day spiritual retreat called Dragonfest. Camping in tents side by side, attendees shared stories, created art and learned together.

    Many arrive at the festival as strangers, but by the time it’s over, most agree they’re more like family.

  • ‘Lively energy’ - Yoga and goats create a therapeutic workout

    Helen Neal leaned into a twist on her yoga mat when she noticed a nibble on her curly hair.

    “I feel something,” the Evergreen resident said knowingly, as she turned out of the pose to find herself face to face with a goat.

    In a traditional yoga studio, this would’ve been cause for surprise. But for Neal and all those participating in goat yoga last Saturday morning, it was expected.

  • Have the healthiest school year ever

    By Dave & Deb Brown

    Back to school time offers an excellent opportunity to introduce or reinforce healthy habits for yourself, as well as your entire family. Here are some ideas to keep you and your family’s health a high priority.

    Elementary school-age kids

  • Community garden co-founder lauded for her work

    If a curator is the keeper of a collection, then Evergreen resident Shawn Hamam is definitely the curator of the Buffalo Park Community Garden.

    On Aug. 8, she gave members of the Moonlight Garden Club a tour of the garden in front of Wilmot Elementary, showing them the careful planning that went into making the space educational as well as functional. The group walked among the lush plots in Evergreen’s second community garden.

  • Back to school: New year beginning for students at Jeffco, Platte Canyon and Clear Creek schools

    It’s back to school time for area schools, and each school is offering back-to-school nights and making plans for the 2017-18 school year.

    Platte Canyon schools started on Tuesday, while Jeffco schools will start on Thursday and Clear Creek schools begin on Aug. 21.

    The Courier has listed important information from each of the schools.


    Platte Canyon School District

  • Authors to present their books on Evergreen area history

    John Steinle, who retired last year from the helm of Hiwan Homestead Museum, has put together a book on the history of Evergreen, and he is unveiling it this month.

    Called simply “Evergreen,” the 128-page book is filled with more than 200 photos of Evergreen between 1859 and 2009.

  • A budding industry: Hemp-based businesses blossoming in foothills

    Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series about hemp, its many uses and its purported health benefits.


    Hemp is a plant at a crossroads.

    While it has been used for centuries for rope and fabric, hemp has come under scrutiny for its potential health benefits.

  • Concerns raised over increased taxes for EFR services

    Concerns over increased property taxes associated with last year’s passage of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s mill-levy were brought to the Evergreen Fire board meeting on Aug. 8.

    Bob Gottsman, a longtime Evergreen resident, told the fire board that his tax bill went up 39 percent in January and questioned whether area residents were paying for the department to serve as a regional backup for other, smaller fire departments.