Today's News

  • Tent caterpillars help more than hurt wildlife

    If you are one of the many people who find tent caterpillars objectionable in your backyard, now is the time to control them.

    I know they do little harm in our forests, but I find it difficult to be tolerant of them. Their favorite food is the new leaves of apple trees, so they were very common and considered destructive pests in the apple-growing sections of New York state where I grew up.

  • Lasting lessons in true heroism

    Last week’s shootings at Deer Creek Middle School were an awful reminder of the events at Columbine and Platte Canyon. Yet in the midst of our concern for the two wounded students, there was also cause to celebrate the heroic actions of Dr. David Benke, a math teacher whose split-second decision to tackle the shooter undoubtedly saved lives.

  • For victims, a prison of the heart

    Victims have a champion in Evergreen resident Ann Jaramillo. Inspired by personal tragedy in 1989, Ann has helped pave the way to victim rights for the five out of six people predicted to be involved in a violent crime.

  • Cougars to play to their strength

    Spring is almost here and that means it’s time for America’s pastime to re-enter the fold.

    The Evergreen Cougars’ baseball team has been in hibernation and is ready to be a force in the Jeffco 4A league this upcoming season and improve upon last year’s 16-5 record and third-place league finish.

    Even though the Cougars lost some strong contributors, including two starting pitchers from last year’s team, head coach Terry Hensley hopes changes in philosophy and in the offseason conditioning program can duplicate last year’s success.

  • Numbers up, expectations on the rise

    If you’ve been seeing some clouds of dust around Evergreen High School lately, it’s because the boys and girls track team is back in action and could be as good as ever.

    Both boys and girls teams look to be strong in the middle distance areas as the boys return three out four runners that won a state championship in the 4x400 relay last season, and the girls return all four runners that set a school record in the 4x800.

  • Clear Creek lacrosse adds middle schoolers

    Jamey Kittelberger was raised a little differently than most folks around here.

    Being from the East Coast is part of it, but what defined him even more were the lacrosse sticks in his car. Those sticks, and that sport, had been a part of his life since seventh grade, something few people in Colorado — especially these mountains — can relate to.

  • New face Christensen will replace Goldbach on fire board

    David Christensen of Evergreen and Clear Creek County will become the newest member of the board of the Evergreen Fire Protection District in May.

    A former volunteer firefighter for 11 years, Christensen, 61, will take the seat that became available when George Goldbach decided not to run for re-election.

    Since there were only three candidates in the running, the district legally canceled the regular May 4 election and named as elected the three candidates who submitted self-nomination forms: incumbents Jeff DeDisse and Charles Simons, and Christensen.

  • Historic ranch house becoming problem property for park district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board continues to wrestle with the costs of maintaining the historic 1894 Alderfer House as a year-round residence.

    Under his current employment contract with the district, executive director John Skeel and his family are entitled to live in the residence rent-free. But heating the house with propane gas is costing about $900 a month, even after a faulty boiler was replaced last year. Before Skeel moved in, it was the home of Pat Shea, former park operations manager.

  • Senate hopeful Romanoff stops in Evergreen




    Andrew Romanoff, one of two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Colorado — the one not in favor with the Democratic establishment and the Obama administration — is running as a candidate who can stand up against other Democrats.

    Romanoff’s main opponent is Michael Bennet, the former Denver school superintendent Gov. Bill Ritter picked to succeed Ken Salazar when he became secretary of the interior. Bennet and Romanoff are likely to face off for the first time in the Democratic primary Aug. 10.

  • Wilmot students follow the bouncing ball

    It was tennis for everyone at Wilmot Elementary School, as students learned the basics of the sport as part of the school’s artist-in-residence program.

    They learned from Kim Pappas, the tennis professional for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Pappas spent 12 days teaching about 300 students the rules of tennis and basic components of the sport such as how to hold the racket and hit the ball.