Today's News

  • The importance of being pleasant

    I was recently at an awards ceremony where a local business executive was honored. In describing his philosophy about hiring employees, he noted that his first test is always to find pleasant people. That rang true with me, but I’d never heard anyone say it before.
    It made me wonder: Is pleasantness the most underrated human trait?

  • For women, a drive for justice

    Did your heart stir at the recent news of the bravery of Saudi women as they dared to drive? Here’s a new word, “mihrim,” one they know all too well because this male guardian is needed to walk them to the store, give them permission to travel out of the country, or accompany them to the hospital to give birth.
    Saudi religious police are gaining powers over women, humiliating them in public, even as women are beginning to be seen demonstrating all over the Middle East.

  • Great blue herons are not uncommon in foothills

    A reader of this column sent me a message via the Canyon Courier this past week, saying she had seen a great blue heron along North Turkey Creek and was wondering if that was unusual. Yes, it is a bit unusual this early in the season.

  • Former Jeffco official wants to testify in McCasky case

    Former Jeffco county administrator Jim Moore offered last week to testify in an ethics investigation of former commissioner Kevin McCasky, though the county apparently will not lift a confidentiality agreement and enable Moore to do so.

    Moore, who recently settled his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the county for $175,000, said that, during his time working for Jeffco, he kept detailed notes about county activities that he considered questionable.

  • 'Putnam County Spelling Bee’ spells out some feel-good fun

  • Park district to replace Buchanan weight machines

    Most of the weight and cardio machines in the Buchanan Recreation Center are scheduled to be replaced in late August with about 30 new Cybex machines.

    The area will be shut down for a few days for a thorough cleaning and repainting.

    District Executive Director Scott Robson unveiled the plans for the rec center at the regular meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board on June 28 at the Wulf Recreation Center.

  • From the Vine promises a fresh approach

    Fresh ingredients in breakfasts and lunches plus a variety of wines inspired the name for the new restaurant in Kittredge: From the Vine Market and Eatery.

    Located in a 1,300-square-foot building just west of Comfortable Home on Highway 74, the restaurant has been open about a month with great success, according to owner Kathleen Johnson.

    Johnson and her husband, Dan, own and operate Comfortable Home, and they decided to add a restaurant to their repertoire. They want the restaurant to be known for its fresh, fast food.

  • Suicide-prevention group plans Give for Life on July 23

    The second annual Give for Life event to benefit suicide awareness and prevention is set for July 23.

    The benefit is in two parts: one is a motorcycle run and the other is an event at Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen. Proceeds go toward a new nonprofit started by Evergreen residents called the Start Talking Network.

  • Conifer sticks it to host Evergreen

    Steven Stick is only going to be a junior next school year, but it’s hard to imagine he’s going to be any better than he was on June 28 at Evergreen High School. He was plenty good, and he could get even better. 

    The 6-foot-4 Lobo did it with his pitching, where other than one five-run inning he held the Cougars in check with 10 strikeouts, and his stick, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in a 8-5 victory. 

  • Chase finds her calling on the waters

    Kendall Chase looks like the typical high school athlete. And she’s tried many sports — soccer, golf, basketball and volleyball. Yet, it wasn’t until the Evergreen resident and the soon-to-be Mullen High School senior found rowing that she found her true calling. 

    A natural athlete, Chase’s height — she’s 5-foot-11 — likely pigeon-holed any success she may have had at the next level, especially in basketball. But it hasn’t stopped her in rowing where she’s a natural fit.