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Today's News

  • Jeffco planners approve updated community plan for Evergreen

    The Jeffco Planning Commission has approved an updated community plan for Evergreen that includes activity centers and areas of stability to define the town's character. The plan will be incorporated into the county’s master plan along with those from other communities.

    All policies that are redundant are being removed from individual community plans to create one streamlined plan, said Russell Clark, Jeffco senior planner.

  • Take a walk on the wild side

    Staunton State Park will continue its annual tradition of welcoming the new year with a variety of First Day Hikes on Jan. 1

    The educational hikes, with varying distances and degrees of difficulty, will be led by knowledgeable volunteers who are passionate about the park. The trips will range in distance from 1.5 to 11 miles and will depart throughout the day.

    Winter hiking can be intimidating for some who fear getting lost in the snow, but the guides are skilled and the trails well marked, said Staunton manager Zach Taylor.

  • Trial by fire

    Diane Dodge got an early Christmas present last weekend: Her home on Buffalo Park Road is still standing despite a fire that destroyed an attached shed containing a boiler and water heater.

    Dodge considers herself very lucky.

    She’s lucky that smoke detectors in her home were working and that she has kept three fire extinguishers in the house for years.

  • Crafting a beer industry in Evergreen

    Suddenly, Evergreen has a burgeoning beer business.

    Within a year, this town has gone from one tap house to four, two of which brew their own beer. That’s a lot of craft beer.

    While some might say it could be too much for Evergreen, the owners say their establishments will become a destination for craft-beer aficionados who might not drive here for one brewpub, but will for four.

    They hope to do some joint advertising in Denver to tell people about their offerings.

  • Goldfinches in winter plumage a pleasure to find

    (Reprinted from Dec. 20, 2011)

    A pleasant surprise this past week was a letter to the Canyon Courier with photos enclosed of some American goldfinches at a feeder. The photos were taken by Bud and Sandy Madigan at their home feeder in the Upper Bear Creek area. The photos helped me identify the birds.

    American goldfinches are not too easily identified in winter. Their winter plumage is not distinctive, especially in the black-and-white print that was sent to me by the Courier. However, the two light wing bars are distinctive in these little olive drab birds.

  • Kisiel reaches 1,000th career scoring mark

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Since her freshman year at Evergreen, Samantha Kisiel set her sights on two primary basketball accomplishments: help the Cougars win a state championship and reach 1,000 points in scoring.

    Put a check by the latter.

    The senior center attained the individual milestone in the first quarter of Evergreen’s 57-31 victory over Silver Creek on Dec. 16.

  • Swimming into historic territory

    By Chelsy Woods Klein — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN —Evergreen High School might appear as an unassuming mountain school better suited to churn out skiers than swimmers.

    However, the Cougars entered the 2015-16 girls swim season as two-time defending Class 4A state champions. To fully appreciate just how good Evergreen has been in the water, one must look back at the team’s history.

  • Mountains Taxi up and running again

    Mountains Taxi has resumed service and once again began taking reservations on Dec. 17, with drivers hitting the streets on Friday. 

    The interruption in service came after the company was notified of an increase in the cost of its liability insurance just days before the policy was to expire, said Chris Phelps, an owner of Mountains Taxi, which suspended service Nov. 11. The company has found another insurance provider.

  • DA won't file charges in alleged threat at EHS

    A teen arrested after a threat resulted in a lockdown at Evergreen High School will not be charged with a crime, according to the district attorney’s office.

    The 16-year-old student, who was taken into custody Dec. 10 after classmates reported the threat to school staff, didn’t represent a threat to the school, said DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Evergreen chamber presents annual business awards

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce honored three Evergreen businesses with top awards at the organization’s annual Sparkle and Shine event on Friday night at the Hiwan Golf Club.

    Seasonally Yours Evergreen Taffy Company and Fresh Fudge Too received the 2015 Business of the Year Award. The People’s Choice Business Award went to the Resale Shop of Evergreen Christian Outreach. And the Wild Game Entertainment Experience garnered the New Business Award.