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Today's News

  • Migrating nighthawks fill the evening air

    (Reprinted from Aug. 22, 2012)

    There is a small order of birds known as goatsuckers. The scientific name is the Caprimulgiformes, which comes from the Latin Caprimulgus, a milker of goats and forma or form.

    This name comes from the old belief that these birds, which are often seen in low sweeping flight over meadows, were sucking the milk out of goats. There are not as many species in this order as there are in some other orders such as finches and warblers.

  • Man charged in vandalism seen on video

    A vandalism suspect is facing a misdemeanor charge after he was videotaped by a witness Saturday shortly after graffiti was spray-painted on rocks near the Buffalo Bill Museum on Lookout Mountain, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Stanley Stettler, 18, of Thornton was issued a summons for defacing property, a class 2 misdemeanor, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

  • Firefighters rescue cat — and a horse, of course

    Two four-legged friends received some assistance this week from several responders at Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    A horse stuck in the mud and a cat caught in a tree spurred calls for help on Sunday and Monday, and both animals are now safe and sound. 

    EFR spokesman Doug Saba said a call was received at 12:23 p.m. Sunday after a horse became mired in mud in a swampy area off Broce Ranch Trail. Saba said it took responders until just 12:39 to free the stranded equine. 

  • Bidder up: Signed Mickey Mantle baseball among donations to local church's silent auction

    By Judy Christie, For the Courier
    Jerry Huber of Bailey met baseball great Mickey Mantle in 1987.
    Huber, who was national sales manager for Gillette Dairy, gave the famous New York Yankees center fielder a souvenir Yankees malt cup, the kind used at ballparks.
    Mantle, a Hall of Famer and the best switch-hitter in baseball history, responded by giving Huber a signed baseball.
    A sports fan and collector of memorabilia, Huber also met Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who played much of his career for the Cleveland Indians and threw three no-hitters.
    Feller, too, gave Huber a signed ball.

  • Indian Hills groundwater study completed

    A long-awaited study of groundwater quality in Indian Hills was released last week, complete with new recommendations that could guide future development in the Parmalee Gulch watershed.
    The study, conducted by Dr. Margaret Hertzog, an environmental engineer with PH Associates LLC in Lakewood, was contracted last year by the Jeffco Board of Health to test groundwater in Indian Hills in the wake of nearly four decades of septic system restrictions in Parmalee Gulch.

  • Local pregnancy center has new name, new look

    The Mountain Area Pregnancy Center has a new name, a new look and new services for expectant mothers, couples and families.

    Life’s Options will continue to offer free pregnancy tests, counseling and parenting classes and is looking to add ultrasound services in the coming months.

    The nonprofit was previously located inside the Mother’s Closet at 27884 Meadow Drive, but now has moved into office space on the north side of the same complex at 27888 Meadow Drive. Mother’s Closet has been remodeled but remains in the same location.

  • Kids in need enjoy back-to-school shopping spree

    Ariana Angell, 9, of Evergreen walked among the rows of brightly colored shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and hair accessories. She had two hours and $70 to buy whatever clothes she wanted to wear to school this year.

    Her grandmother Kristi held up an outfit and asked Ariana if she liked it.

    “It looks too much like pajamas,” Ariana said, shaking her head.

  • Relay honors victims, survivors

    At 9 p.m. Friday, the lights at the Evergreen High football field went dark. Dozens of people broke glow sticks and continued walking on the track.

    And everyone was quiet. Not a word or a whisper. Nothing but the soft footsteps, the glowing sticks, and the names that guided their walk: John. Susan. Tyler. Vic. Mom. Dad. Friend. Loved one.

  • Bike race participants greeted by threatening graffiti

    Bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s Red Rocks Gran Fondo race saw a mix of encouraging and threatening graffiti on Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, vandals painted messages on the road surface in multiple locations and on rocks near 9000 Black Mountain Drive sometime before the race started Saturday morning.

  • Fire district to finalize bond-issue, tax-hike amounts by month’s end

    Voters will know by the end of the month the exact amount of the proposed bond issue and tax increase for the Evergreen Fire Protection District that will appear on the November ballot.

    At the district’s monthly board meeting last week, board members said they would finalize the amounts, as well as the language of those resolutions, at a special meeting Aug. 28.

    The fire district has spent the last few months gauging public opinion on a multimillion-dollar bond issue and a proposed property-tax boost of 3.5 mills.