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Today's News

  • Cougars’ historic season silenced

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

     DENVER — The nine seniors on Evergreen’ baseball team received a double-dose of finality on May 21. That afternoon, they received their diplomas. A few hours later, Lewis-Palmer ended their final season of prep sports competition.

  • By the Numbers: Evergreen sports during the 2014-15 school year

    15
    The number of years between playoff wins for the Evergreen Cougars’ football team. EHS hadn’t won in the postseason since 1999, but the Cougars erased that drought with a 24-7 win over Glenwood Springs in the 3A state playoff opener in November. Evergreen went 11-1 in the 2014 season, winning another 3A Metro North title in the process.

  • ‘Blessed are the dreamers’

    Standing before a group of recent high school graduates, veteran journalist Greg Dobbs advised them to follow their dreams at a baccalaureate service on Sunday afternoon.

    “I want to tell you how great your lives can be, if you will dream,” Dobbs said. “If you dream, there’s a chance your dream will come true.”

    During his career as an international television correspondent, a youthful dream of traveling came true, Dobbs said. His work involved both rewards and hardships, he added.

  • Connector trail to get finishing touches this week

    Working between rain showers last week, Bear Excavating installed wooden railings on the elevated connector trail leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake, which is in the final stages of completion.

    “As of now, the railings are about 95 percent complete, and we just need some dry weather to wrap them up,” Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, who has taken the lead on the project said Friday.

  • Scouts honor veterans with flag tradition

    Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.

    Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans’ graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.

    The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.

  • Local Scouts honor veterans with flag tradition

    Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.

    Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans’ graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.

    The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.

  • Snows keep Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed

    Recent spring snowstorms continue to keep the Mount Evans Scenic Byway closed.

    Road crews cleared 6 miles of the 14.7-mile-long road through May 18. But storms continue to cover the road with snow every couple days after crews clear it, said Tony DeVito, Colorado Department of Transportation Region 1 director. Snow has so far thwarted the clearing operations that began April 28, DeVito said.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

    Negotiators for the Jefferson County Education Association and Jeffco Public Schools met for an extra session to discuss the topic after a district judge issued an injunction against the school district a week earlier that prevented it from moving forward with recently approved entry-level salaries.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

    The flier, which was re-published May 20 on website CompleteColorado.com, answers frequently asked questions about strikes, urges teachers to attend an event Friday called “Rally to Take Back Our Schools,” and states that the Jefferson County Education Association is still committed to bargaining with the district.

  • Sports briefs

    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.