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Today's News

  • Scenery, climbs real prizes of Red Rocks Century

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    There are no champions, but everyone is a winner in the Red Rocks Century cycling event.

    The 307 riders who participated in four rides in the foothills west of Morrison ranging from 33 to 100 miles on Aug. 9 were rewarded with spectacular scenery and challenging climbs.

    The real winners were Hope Communities and Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, the event’s two primary beneficiaries.

  • Column: Radio announcer Johnson embraces Evergreen, Buffs

    Before coming to Colorado in 2004, Mark Johnson had never worked anywhere, even while in college, for more than four years. Then he and his family moved to Evergreen, and Johnson became the sports director for KOA 850-AM and the voice of the Colorado Buffaloes.

    “Once we got here, we weren’t going anywhere. We love the area,” the 47-year-old said.

  • Increased numbers give Evergreen options

    Mike Pucherelli has a goal. The second-year Evergreen Lady Cougars softball head coach wants to build up the numbers in the program for both the varsity and the junior varsity. That would include a better relationship with the West Jeffco youth program. With 28 players out for the 2014 season, he’s headed in the right direction.

  • Seniors’ Resource Center offers home cleaning service for elderly

    The Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen is offering a home cleaning service called CHORES for elderly people who need occasional assistance. The program, which is free of charge, can be used three times a year for home projects such as deep cleaning, organizing closets, and trash cleanup and removal at residences.

    The only requirement for eligibility for the CHORES program is that a person be at least 60 years old. 

  • Plans delayed for retreat center in Marshdale

    Plans for creating a retreat center at the former Grandma’s Mountain Home on Highway 73 have been delayed. 

    The current owners of the property, Luke and Renda Beard, have canceled scheduled hearings for a rezoning required to move forward with the project, said Alan Tiefenbach, a Jefferson County planner who is managing the case. The Beards want more time to work on the proposal before continuing with it, he said.

    Both the hearing for the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission and one scheduled for the county commissioners have been canceled.

  • Bootstraps annual Western Winefest to raise funds for scholarships

    The fifth annual Western Winefest on Aug. 16 is an opportunity to sample Colorado wines and enjoy catered foods while helping college students in need of financial assistance.

    The event is the major fund-raiser for Bootstraps, an organization that provides scholarships and loans for area students. 

    In addition to selections from 18 wineries on the Front Range and Western Slope, admission to the festival includes live entertainment by BooDaddy.

    Evergreen caterer Fresh Tracks has been selected to provide food for purchase.

  • Jeffco Open Space plan promotes increased use of social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee last Thursday.  

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said. 

    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

  • Numbers game: Program makes math fun for kids

    Debra Hansen is on a mission to make math fun for kids.

    The international software company CFO-turned-creative math whiz has brought her passion for math to libraries around Jeffco this summer, making a stop at the Evergreen Library on Aug. 5.

    Using songs and games, she helped groups of 5- to 8-year-olds and 8- to 12-year-olds spend an hour being inquisitive and working out problems, but the kids didn’t really know they were working on math because they were having so much fun.

  • Mountain Area Land Trust expanding stewardship to neighboring counties

    The Mountain Area Land Trust is expanding its conservation efforts in the Front Range area, Brian Ballard, president of the Evergreen-based organization, said at the organization’s annual Night in the Park event on Saturday.

    “We’re measuring our success by the connectivity it creates,” Ballard said.

    Among recent accomplishments is the acquisition of 92 acres in the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, said Ballard. The entire 500-acre property has rich biodiversity that university scientists are studying.

  • Fugitive arrested on drug charges in Indian Hills

    A fugitive wanted on felony drug charges in Aurora and two other people were arrested in Indian Hills on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Raymond Lindley, 29, was arrested at a private residence. He also is suspected of stealing a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle, said Mark Techmeyer, a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. 

    FBI officers involved with the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force aided Aurora police officers with the arrests, said Dave Joly, a spokesman for the Denver office. Jeffco deputies also responded to the scene.