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Today's News

  • Vogel conquers Meyer Ranch

    By Ashley Dumas
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — Chilly mountain air and cloud cover was a good change from the brutal summer temps, making all 42 runners who signed up for the hilly 5-mile race through Meyer Ranch happy. The terrain was far from flat, however, forcing athletes to climb for the better half of the course. 

  • Experienced Cougars have sights set on state

    If someone asked Evergreen senior Lenny Urbas what should be expected of the Cougars’ boys golf program in 2016, considering it’s coming off a 2015 season in which he won a regional title and the team placed third at the 4A state meet, the answer is obvious.

    “We go back and win state this year,” Urbas said.

  • Ducking and diving

    If there can be Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

    With all the ceremony of the giant ball in Times Square, a net full of nearly 4,500 yellow ducks dropped in Evergreen on Saturday to the cheers of spectators, kicking off the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: The Den expands, adds music venue

    This week’s Business Beat looks at Evergreen’s changing restaurant scene. We look at The Den in Marshdale expanding, the Muddy Buck under new ownership, and Bistro Colorado changing its tipping policy.

    In the next column, you’ll find out about Slope and Hatch in downtown Evergreen and the new Fire Pit, where Stagecoach Sports Grill used to be.

    Don’t forget the Wonderland Café in Where the Books Go, which opened in July and was profiled in Business Beat last month.

  • Eastern fence lizards are frequent visitors to our area

    (Reprinted from Aug. 13, 2008)

    A few weeks ago a lady named Elizabeth phoned to tell me she had seen a lizard in her yard on Old Squaw Pass Road. She was delighted to have this new resident sharing her garden but wondered what kind it was and why she had never seen one before.

    The answer to what kind of lizard it is: It probably is an eastern fence lizard, since they are the only species likely to be seen here.

  • Jeffco sheriff eases fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted its stage II fire ban and returned to Stage I fire restrictions in the county.

    The less-stringent restrictions were reinstated because of lower temperatures and higher humidity that have reduced wildfire risk. The change was made starting Friday morning.

    People are prohibited from:

  • Relay for Life set Aug. 12-13 at Evergreen High

    Twenty-plus teams. Twelve hours. One sleepless night.

    This year's Relay For Life of the Mountain Area will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Evergreen High School, and the relay already has doubled in size from last year, with 21 teams and counting. Participants in the all-night event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, form teams and walk around the track for 12 hours to raise funds to fight cancer.

  • DriveSmart expanding experienced-driver program

    A 20-minute safety check before driving can help prevent accidents, or lessen the chance of injury if an accident occurs.

    Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer hosts an experienced-driver program, and the nonprofit held a training for “car fit” technicians on July 25.

  • Young musicians scale jazzy heights

    As Lindy hoppers and hepcats alike gathered in the Elks ballroom during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival on Friday, the sounds of musicians warming up drifted from the stage. Those notes did not come from professionals but from young, up-and-coming musicians.

  • Jazz Fest continues a spirited tradition

    As the Fat Babies closed down the Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday night, most of the band took a break while a trio of piano, drums and clarinet serenaded the dozen or so couples who remained on the dance floor. And, for a moment, the ballroom felt alive with the presence of past generations of jazz fans and musicians. The band seemed fuller than its three pieces.

    For newcomers and those unfamiliar with the genre, the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival was a new experience. But for many of the festival attendees, jazz music and dancing are not only a hobby but a tradition.