Today's News

  • Evergreen Lake open for ice skating

    The ice is sufficiently thick for skating at Evergreen Lake. 

    “We just hit the 12-inch mark,” Brad Bednar, Lake House manager, said Wednesday.

    On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the rinks will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Before coming to the lake for skating, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District advises calling the skating hotline at 720-880-1391. For more information on fees for skating and equipment rentals, visit the EPRD website at www.evergreenrecreation.com.

  • Center for the Arts seeking funds to renovate new home

    While excited about the recent purchase of the Bergen Park Church building as the new home of the Center for the Arts Evergreen, Steve Sumner, CEA executive director, is now facing the challenge of acquiring funds to renovate it.

    “We badly need help,” Sumner says. “The building needs to be totally gutted and rebuilt.”
    Last month the CAE capital campaign committee purchased the property for $500,000. To complete the renovation, another $600,000 is required, according to estimates.

  • Ice-skating season opens Wednesday at Evergreen Lake

    The ice is sufficiently thick for ice-skating season to open at Evergreen Lake on Wednesday. 

    “We just hit the 12-inch mark,” said Brad Bednar, Lake House manager.

    The ice rinks will be open for skating and hockey playing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the rinks will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 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.