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Today's News

  • Snows keep Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed

    Recent spring snowstorms continue to keep the Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed.

    Road crews cleared 6 miles of the 14.7-mile-long road through May 18. But storms continue to cover the road with snow every couple days after crews clear it, said Tony DeVito, Colorado Department of Transportation Region 1 director. Snow has so far thwarted the clearing operations that began April 28, DeVito said.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

    Negotiators for the Jefferson County Education Association and Jeffco Public Schools met for an extra session to discuss the topic after a district judge issued an injunction against the school district a week earlier that prevented it from moving forward with recently approved entry-level salaries.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

    The flier, which was re-published May 20 on website CompleteColorado.com, answers frequently asked questions about strikes, urges teachers to attend an event Friday called “Rally to Take Back Our Schools,” and states that the Jefferson County Education Association is still committed to bargaining with the district.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS SWIMMING 
    Carder places seventh in the 500 freestyle at state
    THORNTON — Evergreen High senior Zack Carder took seventh place in the 500-yard freestyle and 12th in the 200 freestyle at the 4A boys swimming state championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on May 16.

    Carder saw a time of 4 minutes, 57.36 seconds in the 500 freestyle, while he finished the 200 freestyle in 1:48.62.

    He scored all 17 of his team’s points as Evergreen placed 23rd.

  • Grise’s RBI double lifts Evergreen

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

  • Lady Cougars heartbroken after playoff loss

    Lauryn Jeans dropped crestfallen to the turf mere feet away from where members of Lewis-Palmer’s girls soccer team embraced in celebration. One by one, Jeans’ Evergreen teammates did the same as the tears began to flow.

    A season in which the top-seeded Lady Cougars have played liked the state’s best ended unceremoniously May 14 with a 1-0 loss in the 4A girls soccer state quarterfinals at Evergreen High School. Brianna Alger’s 23rd goal of the season in the game’s 23rd minute held up for eighth-seeded Lewis-Palmer.

  • Sprint medley relay team, Russell find medal stand

    LAKEWOOD — Kristina Schrieber said that there was definitely more pressure on her and her Evergreen High School 800-meter sprint medley relay teammates during the May 14 preliminaries than there was the next day for the finals. That’s because they sat right on the cut line entering the 4A state track & field championships of being a potential finalist or not.

  • From Watergate to Deflate-gate

    It’s pretty well documented now that the “Prince of Pigskins,” Tom Brady, cheated in the championship game, and in all probability in many other games as well. He is likely to be fined and suspended. His team will probably be punished, reminding us of their involvement in “film-gate” a scandal in which the league found the Patriots’ actions to be outside the rules. In a way, it’s a predictable situation when each team brings its own footballs. How about the NFL bring the pigskins, and everyone uses them?

  • Bergen Meadow preschool honors teacher who died of cancer

    The Bergen Meadow preschool community said a final goodbye and an emotional hello to one of its teachers who died in May 2014 of cancer.

    “She was one of the most caring, devoted teachers I’ve ever known,” preschool director Marianne Temple told about 50 people assembled outside the school on May 13 to dedicate the Terri Hessner Memorial Garden and Playground. “She had an amazing impact on students.”

  • Conifer couple purchases Journey Ranch

    A Conifer couple has purchased the 45-acre ranch formerly owned by Journey Community Church.

    Joshua and Brita Letvin are the new owners of the prominent parcel at 10101 Highway 73, according to the Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office. 

    The Letvins, who did not return calls seeking comment, closed on the property April 15 for $950,000. The ranch was originally listed for $1.25 million, although the price had been reduced to $1.1 million, according to real estate websites.