Today's News

  • Local dogs have their day at Barks and Belts

    Leading the pack at the Barks and Belts 5K on Sunday was Justin Mock of Conifer and his dogs Chuck and Elly. The Mock team finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.

    With tails wagging and spirits high in the bright morning sun, the third annual event for canines, their owners and friends was a well-attended success, with more than 220 participants. From Chihuahuas to border collies, German shepherds and a great Dane, an astounding variety of breeds were in the event, sporting festive red scarves around their necks.

  • Local dogs have their day at Barks and Belts

    Leading the pack at the Barks and Belts 5K on Sunday was Justin Mock of Conifer and his dogs Chuck and Elly. The Mock team finished first with a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds.


  • Selecting a single finalist rates an F

    Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right. Or, perhaps more importantly, smart.

    When the Jefferson County Board of Education designated Daniel McMinimee as the sole finalist to serve as the new superintendent of schools, it met the requirements of Colorado law. What the board — or, more specifically, the board’s majority of Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams — didn’t do was to learn from earlier miscues that how you do things is just as important as what you do.

  • Ponderosa pines have long history in the foothills

    I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living and therefore my list of birds seen this week is limited and small.

    Out of my windows, which are on a corner and look both north and east, I have seen very few birds. A pair of robins have a nest nearby, a small flock of house finches flit in and out of some nearby shrubs several times a day, and 10 common crows spend a good bit of time each day picking up bits of food dropped by the children on a nearby school playground.

  • School board hires McMinimee as superintendent

    The Jeffco school board on May 27 hired Daniel McMinimee to be the district’s new superintendent, despite doubts voiced by community members who packed the meeting room.

    McMinimee’s hiring came on a 3-2 vote, with board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voting yes, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no.

    Before being hired, McMinimee was the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. His Jeffco contract will be finalized at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

  • Sports briefs

    Lady Cougars summer camp is scheduled for June 2-5

    The annual Evergreen Lady Cougars girls basketball camp is scheduled for June 2-5 at Evergreen Middle School.
    The camp will run daily from 1-3 p.m., for incoming 3rd to 5th graders and from 3-5 p.m., for incoming 6th to 8th graders.
    Cost is $65, which includes a camp T-shirt.
    A link for registration form can be found online at http://ehsbasketballgirls.weebly.com/cougar-camp-3-8th-grade.html. Pre-registration is encouraged.

  • EHS’ Tenney, Holley soak in experience

    This year’s 4A state girls golf tournament on May 19 and 20 could be viewed as a changing of the guard for the Evergreen Lady Cougars. Senior Madison Tenney left one final impression before moving on to college, while freshman Natalie Holley is just getting her feet wet.
    Tenney carded a 35-over-par 179 to tie for 27th place, while Holley tied for 51st with a 50-over 194 at the Country Club of Colorado Springs.


    Nick Kapande has a wish. He wants to see more pitching prospects developed in Colorado so that they can make it to the pros. That, as much as anything else, is why the owner of Nick’s Pro Fitness brought Randy Sullivan’s ARMory Power Pitching Academy boot camp to Evergreen on May 24-25 for a camp about injury prevention and increasing velocity.
    “It’s about throwing correctly so that you can throw harder,” Kapande said.

  • Montessori kids take on a hot issue

    Residents with fireplace ashes to throw away need to know the proper way to dispose of them.

    A seven-minute video made by first- through third-grade students at the Montessori School of Evergreen offers some tips.

    Put ashes in metal buckets — not plastic buckets or paper bags — and cover them with water, according to information in the video. Don’t dump ashes on the ground outside if there’s any chance they could smolder and start a fire, the video instructs. 

  • Spring thaw could help in search for missing hikers

    As the days get warmer, search-and-rescue teams are hoping enough snow will melt on Mount Evans to find out what happened to two missing hikers from Minnesota.

    Searchers have now spent an estimated 5,000 hours looking for father and son Damian McManus 52, and Evan McManus, 19, of St. Louis Park, Minn., said Bill Barwick, an Alpine Rescue Team spokesman. The two were reported missing April 6 after they did not return from a spring-break trip to Colorado. Their SUV was found parked at Echo Lake Campground.