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    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. 

  • Common house wren sings its bubbling spring song

    When I stretched out on my bed on the afternoon of May 12, I had only intended to rest my old back for a few minutes. But of course, I fell asleep. I was awakened about 20 minutes later by the bubbling song of a house wren.

    It had been an exceptionally warm day, and I had my windows open a few inches. The house wren sang again, this time louder than before. It was sitting on my windowsill, singing his welcome to the fine spring day.

  • Union, district spar over release of names of teachers absent during sick-outs

    Jeffco’s teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district should be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, claiming that would violate teachers’ privacy and could hurt teachers who were actually sick.

    Attorneys for Jeffco Public Schools countered that records of sick leave don’t meet the definition of personnel records and that the Colorado Open Records Act requires release of the information.

  • County to add 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department. 

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.