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Today's News

  • Thanks, Hank, for the memories

    Several years ago our newspapers were in need of a new publisher, and the mother ship in Kentucky sent word that the leading candidate would be arriving from Florida on an upcoming Sunday afternoon. However, it was with little regret — and virtually no fear for my job — that I told my out-of-state bosses I would have to meet Tim Zeman at a much later hour.

  • Planners recommend approval of controversial Rooney Valley rezoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission recommended last Thursday night that land on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge be rezoned for planned development, which could pave the way for car dealerships, a hotel and retail.

    On a 5-2 vote that came after two nights of presentations and vociferous opposition, the commission largely cited fears over what the current zoning could permit as a reason for granting the approval.

  • Victims of Bailey fire owe lives to alert niece

    If you ask LuAnn Pierce, she and husband Christian Brown — as well as 11 of their pets and special-needs rescue animals — owe their lives to one person: their 21-year old niece, Katie Tuten.

    About two weeks ago, the cottage on Holmes Gulch Road in Bailey that Pierce and Brown called home for a year burned to the ground in an early-morning fire. Despite the efforts of 27 responders from the Elk Creek and Platte Canyon fire departments, the house was declared a total loss within an hour of the initial emergency call.

  • Lobos’ 11 treys not enough vs. Golden

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    GOLDEN — Inside the 3-point line belonged to Golden’s boys basketball team Dec. 9.

    The Demons, ranked No. 4 in the CHSAANow.com Class 4A boys hoops poll, limited Conifer to just two made 2-point field goals in the non-league game against former 4A Jeffco League foes. 

  • Huskies’ experience the difference in dual

    EVERGREEN — Connor Peterson feels like he’s gotten better as a wrestler, but he also knew after his match Dec. 12 against Clear Creek’s George Gothman that the Golddiggers sophomore is an improving grappler as well.

  • Condit continues early success

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — In high school years, Zander Condit is a babe in the woods roaming the halls at Conifer. But on the wrestling mat, the freshman struts like a seasoned veteran.

  • Lady Cougars zone in on defense, top Mullen

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Evergreen graduated five key seniors from last season’s 4A girls basketball runner-up team and returned just one of note for 2016-17, so a drop-off of sorts would be understandable.

    Voters in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll apparently weren’t convinced, slotting the Lady Cougars at No. 4.

  • Expectations don’t crumble at Cookie Walk

    At Our Lady of the Pines in Conifer, it’s all about the cookie —at least for one day a year.

    The 13th annual Cookie Walk was held Saturday, and more than 100 parishioners at the Catholic church baked thousands of cookies that were sold to hundreds of buyers.

    The concept is simple: On the second Saturday in December, customers walk around the tables — hence the name Cookie Walk — and decide which cookies they want to buy. They can purchase as many as they want of each.

  • RMAE trims budget by $532,500

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen has now cut nearly $532,500 from this year’s budget and plans to tap into its reserve funds to make up for a shortfall.

    Two preschool teachers will be laid off in January, and their classrooms will be combined. In the K-8 school, the work hours of one music teacher and the Spanish and art teachers have been trimmed. However, all students will still get instruction in those subjects.

    In addition, some pay raises given at the start of the school year have been rescinded.

  • EPRD awarded $100,000 grant for study of closed section of Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has received a $100,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado for an engineering study and preliminary design work for repairs to the closed northern segment of the Lake Trail.

    The trail between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues along the trail and along Highway 74.