Today's News

  • Authors bring stories, star power to literary festival

    What do the following have in common: a man on Everest, a former CIA worker, a member of the Resistance in World War II, nuns in California and a female hunting guide.

    All were authors or characters that came to life at the first Rocky Mountain Literary Festival, a locally produced volunteer event held at Mount Vernon Country Club on Saturday.

    The authors all are based in Colorado, and several have ties to Evergreen.

  • 8th-graders at EMS take field trip to Elk Meadow

    Nearly 240 Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders recently traversed Elk Meadow to experience what it must have been like for the Lewis and Clark expedition — the explorers who mapped most of the western United States in the early 19th century.

    Students mapped Elk Meadow’s physical features and cataloged the plants and animals they found. They realized that, as part of the first-explorers scenario, they could name different parts of Elk Meadow what they wanted.

  • Creative kids carve pumpkins with fashionable flair in Kittredge

    Halloween pumpkins can make a haute fashion statement.

    At Creative Bridges in Kittredge, children at a special pumpkin-decorating class on Friday didn’t just carve, they added earrings, necklaces, hair and accessories to create fashionable gourds for Halloween.

  • Evergreen boys claim 4A Jeffco title

    LITTLETON — D’Evelyn senior Lexi Reed is healthy, and it showed at the Jeffco League cross country championships Oct. 16 at Clement Park.

    Reed’s time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds was 40 seconds faster than runner-up Valor Christian’s Reagan Hausmann’s time of 19:05. Reed’s time was well over a minute faster than Ralston Valley’s Katherine Bearup’s 19:42 that won the 5A girls race.

  • Quick Hits

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  • Evergreen hangs on against rival Conifer

    By Craig Harper -- For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — The seventh annual Mountain Bowl worked out in the Cougars’ favor, even though it didn’t end exactly the way the Cougars wanted. Evergreen won 30-20 after the Lobos scored all of its 20 points in the final 8 minutes of the game.

  • Distinctive song of sparrows is hard to miss

    Whenever I hear the call note or the song of a song sparrow, I think of my childhood. There was a small blue spruce tree on the north side of our house that my father had planted to mark the border between the fields and the lawn.

    The mowed area was hardly a lawn as it was uneven and bumpy, just mowed. The small spruce marked the edge and had mowed grass on one side and had clumps of tall unmowed grass on the other.

  • School board candidates forum low-key, polite

    While the political storm surrounding Jeffco’s school board election continues to rage, a candidate forum Oct. 13 in Conifer was, in contrast, low-key and civil.

    Eleven of the 13 candidates in the Nov. 3 election appeared at the event at West Jefferson Middle School, which was moderated by Evergreen Newspapers editor Doug Bell and co-sponsored by the newspapers and the Conifer Area Council. For the most part, candidates seemed to lean on their usual talking points.

  • Planning Commission recommends rejection of resident's plan to erect wind turbine tower

    Close to 50 neighbors voiced opposition Wednesday evening to an Evergreen Meadows resident’s plan to erect a 90-foot-high tower for a wind turbine.

    It was after midnight when the Jeffco Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend rejection of homeowner Hans Sinkovec’s plan. Sinkovec declined to comment after the five-hour hearing. The proposal next will be heard by the county commissioners on Nov. 10.

  • Toll for eastbound peak-period lane on I-70 could hit $40

    Homeward-bound skiers could pay up to $40 to use the new 13-mile peak-period toll lane on I-70 this winter.

    State transportation officials approved toll amounts Wednesday for the eastbound toll lane from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels, which is expected to open in December, said CDOT spokeswoman Megan Castle. Officials previously said prices would range from $3 to $30.