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Today's News

  • And the birds still sing

    As most of the readers of this column know, my dear husband, Bill, passed away on Nov. 19. Since that time the Canyon Courier has been most helpful to me in many ways, including reprinting past columns for several weeks. I am most grateful for their many kindnesses and continuing support.

    Now, I must go on with my life without my dearest companion, and that includes resuming this column. I also most sincerely thank every reader who has sent me condolences.

  • Crime and quality-of-life quiz

    To kick off 2009, we put together a quiz based on citizen questions and some crime/quality-of-life problems we encounter regularly in Jeffco. We invite you to take the quiz and see if you know the best way to handle the following scenarios.

    Q: You want to teach your young child to stay away from adults who could harm him or her. What’s a good phrase to help them remember?

    a. “Trust no one”

    b. “Say no to strangers”

    c. “Check first before you go anywhere with anyone”

    ANSWER: C

  • The strange, strange history of picking senators

    The 2008 presidential election created four vacancies in the U.S. Senate: Barack Obama and Joe Biden left open seats in Illinois and Delaware; the new secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, opened up a spot in New York; and of course, Sen. Ken Salazar was nominated as secretary of the interior, paving the way for Gov. Bill Ritter to appoint Michael Bennet, former head of the Denver Public Schools.

  • Faster way sought to solve transit woes

    Deteriorating bridges across the state, congestion that robs us of time, declining gas taxes because cars are more efficient, and an economy on the fritz. What’s a state to do? If Gov. Bill Ritter, state Sen. Dan Gibbs and state Rep. Joe Rice have their way, we’ll go faster.

  • Change in law would devastate liquor stores

    I have been a businessman in Evergreen since 1962. Evergreen Drug Company was an important institution in the history of Evergreen. During 2005 I became frustrated because of the burdensome managed-care regulations, third-party prescriptions and shrinking profit margins and chose to close Evergreen Drug. The same situation happened to most independently owned drugstores, and consequently chain stores have taken over the prescription business.

  • Kittredge cottage to become new feed store

    A mom-and-daughter team of three has purchased a rustic, one-story cottage in Kittredge and will open a new ranch-oriented supply store sometime this spring in the 2,000-square-foot space.

    Co-owner Lynette Raymond said she envisioned “a lot of tack, pet supplies, grain, supplements and water tanks — sort of a Murdoch’s on a much smaller scale.”

    It will be called Canyon Tack and Feed. In past lives, the cabin has been a cabinet shop and real estate agency.

  • Bear Creek Marketplace wants to get back in a jam

    Bear Creek Marketplace in Kittredge closed its doors last Friday, but not because of the poor economy.

    In fact, sales at the store were up every month since it opened July 4, 2008. For owner Jim Kenney, the café became an issue of the tail wagging the dog.

    When he opened the café, it was to supplement his successful jam and jelly business. But the café became successful in its own right, and running both businesses just became too much.

  • Back on winning path

    Known as sloppy starters who clean up well, the Evergreen girls finally rewarded themselves by dominating the first half Jan. 20 against Arvada.

    And that fast finish? It was more like a lull.

    “We had gone down and we thought, ‘We got this,” Cougars sophomore Jordan Florschuetz said. “But you can’t ever let up. You have to always play hard throughout the whole game.”

  • Demons dominate Cougars in overtime

    GOLDEN — The Cougars evolved from flummoxed to fabulous to flattened Jan. 23 against the Golden Demons.

    Sloppy defense was Evergreen’s poison in the first half. Great defense and fiery shooting paved the way for a dominating rally that stretched into a big lead in the third quarter.

    Then the fourth quarter began and the Demons took over the Cougars like that poor little girl in The Exorcist movie. And pretty soon the Cougars’ heads were spinning.

    The green projectile vomit: Golden 75, Evergreen 63.

  • Whippletree chef recalls a career well-done

    How long is 29 years? Well, in 1980 the Greater Evergreen Empire had exactly one grocery store, one high school, two video arcades, three stoplights, four travel agencies, no mocha lattes, and maybe 20,000 warm bodies, tops.

    And it had the Whippletree, a semi-rustic Bergen Park roadhouse with a reputation for good eats, stiff drinks and occasionally rowdy clientele. That was good news for Bruce Breazier, a local carpet installer who arrived in Evergreen in 1976 and found himself at loose ends four years later when a back injury pulled the rug out from under his career.