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Today's News

  • Park district looking at ways to ensure safety of ice at Evergreen Lake

    The fatal accident Jan. 22 at Evergreen Lake has led the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to cancel all events planned this winter on unmaintained areas of the ice while exploring ways to ensure the safety of those venturing onto the frozen surface.

    Idledale resident Greg Henika was grooming ice for the Ice Golf Tournament sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis when the ATV on which he was riding fell through an area of thin ice.

  • Jeffco's newest commissioner sworn in

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Friday as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • Ice fishing event for vets moved to Georgetown Lake

    A free ice fishing event for veterans and soldiers this Saturday has been moved to Georgetown Lake from Evergreen Lake after the death of Greg Henika, who fell through the ice Jan. 22 on Evergreen Lake.

    The third annual Vets on Ice event and hot dog lunch is hosted by Golden VFW Post 4171, the Just One Day veterans nonprofit group and other veteran organizations. It's scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Georgetown Lake. Last year, the event had about 80 participants; this year, organizers expect 180 or more.

    All participants over the age of 16 must have a fishing license.

  • Residents reporting encounters with mountain lions

    Clear Creek residents along Witter Gulch Road and west of Idaho Springs have had run-ins with mountain lions in recent weeks.

    The EMERGE homeowners association, located in the Upper Bear Creek region of the county, alerted residents that a mountain lion was spotted in the Old Squaw Pass, Echo Hills, Snyder Mountain and King-Murphy neighborhoods.

    The e-mail alert said the lion was attacking dogs and displaying threatening behavior to people. Residents are also sharing photos of a mountain lion roaming their backyards at night.

  • Keeping their noses in books

    It’s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.

    More than half the students met the school’s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.  Many exceeded the goal — and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.

    One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.

  • Mountain alders produce seeds relished by winter birds

    The famous January thaw seems to be well known in most of the winter areas. It certainly is here. Several days last week were very spring-like with 50 degrees, warm southeast winds and mostly sunny skies.

    This made everyone feel like spring was coming, and we had spring fever in the middle of winter. This is one of the things that makes year-round life in the foothills bearable and gives us courage for the long winters that we do have. Real spring doesn’t arrive here until May, so it is these spring-like days that make it possible for us to survive.

  • A big hairy myth? True believers say no

    Whether called Sasquatch, the Missouri monster, skunk ape or forest devil, a large, hairy creature has been sighted repeatedly around Bailey over the years.
    Bigfoot lives — at least in the hearts and minds of people who report sightings to Jim Myers, owner of the Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.
    Myers has organized a loosely knit group of people interested in researching the creature that many believe is a myth. But those who have seen it swear they weren’t dreaming.

  • Sports briefs

    MOTOCROSS
    Evergreen’s Baysinger places 8th at Springs’ Arenacross event

    Evergreen resident Jake Baysinger took eighth place in the 85cc 9-11 amateur division age group event Jan. 25 at the AMSOIL Arenacross event held at World Arena in Colorado Springs.
    Baysinger was fifth in the second heat to qualify for the finals.
    There were three Colorado riders in the final, including Denver’s Alana Padilla and Aurora’s Justin Joyce, who came in ninth and 10th respectively.

  • Banged-up Cougars struggle to keep up with host D’Evelyn

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen’s boys basketball team flew into the 4A Jeffco League’s version of the Bermuda Triangle on a five-game winning streak. A search party isn’t necessary, but the Cougars could use a resuscitator after consecutive games against Valor Christian, Golden and D’Evelyn.
    The trio — two among the top seven-ranked teams in 4A and the other on the periphery of the top 10 — routed Evergreen by a combined 86 points.

  • D’Evelyn slips by Cougars in 3 OTs

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    The Evergreen Lady Cougars lost their home game in triple overtime against D’Evelyn, 65-59, on Jan. 23 at Evergreen High School.
    Four Evergreen starters scored in the double figures. Annie Trimarco led the pack with 15 points, followed by Sam Kisiel’s 13 points. Sophomores Lauren Russell and Logan Newhall each scored 10.
    The game went into the second half tied at 19-all. Evergreen upped its play in the second half as Trimarco ran the ball inside and everyone played more aggressively.