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Today's News

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

    Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a result of warm, wet weather

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.

  • Evergreen Players' production of 'Annie' shines

    The sun will come up on the Evergreen Players when the curtain opens at the latest production of "Annie," July 11 through Aug. 3. Families will enjoy sharing their memories of this beloved musical, as well as making new memories together when they follow the popular comic-strip heroine Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy on their adventures from Miss Hannigan's orphanage into the heart of Daddy Warbucks.

  • Annual tourney set to benefit special needs programs

    The 10th annual Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament, presented by the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club and Evergreen Park & Recreation District, is scheduled for July 21 at Hiwan Golf Club. Money raised goes toward the district’s special needs programs.

  • Burke ready to make debut

    Seventeen-year-olds rarely have life-altering decisions to make like the one Brock Burke faced last month. The University of Oregon signee, who won’t turn 18 until Aug. 4, was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
    Does one go to college and get that degree or go straight to work as a professional baseball player? Tampa Bay made the decision easy for him.

  • Weiner repeats at Freedom Run

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Bob Weiner is someone you don’t want to run into if you’re on the wrong side of the law in Jefferson County and someone you don’t want to run against in the Freedom Run 5K.

  • Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot

    A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.

    Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required. 

  • Indian Hills water district adds storage tank to ensure supply in dry months

    A newly installed water storage tank with a 100,000-gallon capacity is now operational in the Indian Hills Water District.

    Last year the Indian Hills Water District board approved construction of the new tank, which is used to store water for customers during dry months when output from wells decreases.

    Although the district has four deep wells that provide water for approximately 350 homes in Indian Hills, in the summer the wells produce at a slower rate, said Carl Frank, president of the water district board.

  • Slash collection at Conifer High this weekend

    Mountain residents looking for a safe and effective way to dispose of slash can do so at Conifer High School on Saturday and Sunday.

    From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days, members of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Elk Creek Fire Protection District will accept slash to help with residents’ fire mitigation efforts. 

    “We certainly want everybody to do everything they can to clean up their slash and reduce the risk of fires,” said Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • New superintendent determined to find common ground

    Hired by a divided school board and suddenly at the helm of a district riven by political strife, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says he's determined to build bridges and develop relationships.

    The Douglas County administrator took over the Jeffco school district July 1, and his first order of business was getting to know district staff — and letting them get to know him.