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Today's News

  • 2018 legislative update: Bills to watch
  • Bill to allow concealed weapons on school grounds fails in committee

    A GOP bill that would have allowed concealed carry on Colorado school grounds was lost in committee last Wednesday after House Democrats rejected the measure in a 6-3 vote along party lines.

  • Chilly weather doesn’t deter Winterfest attendees

    Despite high winds and cold temperatures, attendees at Conifer’s sixth annual Winterfest celebration were undeterred in their snow tubing and snowman-carving efforts on Saturday.

    Armed with hats and gloves, shovels and sunglasses, and laughter galore, folks came from all over to take a literal stab at a dozen large blocks of snow dotting the courtyard of the Aspen Park Village Shopping Center.

    For Team Blizzard, helmed by Harlan Gale, 8, of Pine Junction, the snowman-carving contest was almost a completely new experience.

  • Cougars boys squeak out win against Wildcats

    EVERGREEN — The match-up between the Evergreen Cougars and the Greeley Central Wildcats on Saturday lived up to the cat-fight imagery — a quick back-and-forth affair, with plenty of scrambles over loose balls, hard fouls and an ending that came down to the final shot.

    The Evergreen boys won 61-58 after Greeley Central’s last-second 3-pointer to send the game into overtime missed.

  • Cougar girls’ basketball survives scare against Rams

    EVERGREEN — There’s nothing quite like a good nail-biter to start off a state tournament run or a 38-36 Evergreen win.

    With just seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 36 at Evergreen High School on Friday, the Evergreen Cougar girls were desperately searching for a way to stay alive in the 4A state basketball tournament.

    Baylee Galan-Browne was the answer.

  • First-ever Staunton Blizzard a success

    PINE — On a chilly and sunny Sunday afternoon at Staunton State Park, the town’s first-ever Staunton Blizzard fat bike race went off without a hitch as Fairplay resident Ryan Graber took home the crown.

    With a 59:20 time in the men’s 21-39 age group, Graber was the only person in the entire field of 62 racers to finish in under an hour on the 12.1-mile course that saw a 2,000-foot elevation gain.

    Graber, 32, had just begun riding in the past year and usually competes in the Leadville races above 10,000 feet.

  • Evergreen girl hopes to make 2020 Olympics

    Alyona Shchennikova, who hails from Evergreen and trains in Wheat Ridge, hopes to make the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. Gymnastics is something that’s always been a part of her. Some may say it’s in her blood.

    “Gymnastics kind of runs in my family,” she said. “Both of my parents were gymnasts, and on my dad’s side, his parents were gymnasts, so I was always in the gym since I was like a baby.”

    Her older sister, Polina, also competes in the sport and has been an inspiration for the 16-year-old throughout her career.

  • Lobos gain first tourney win since 2010

    CONIFER — For the first time since 2010, the Conifer boys basketball team won in the 4A state tournament on their home court on Feb. 21.

    In a dominant second half, the Lobos, seeded No. 32 in the state bracket, downed No. 33 Pueblo County with a full-team effort, 57-49.

  • Bizbeat: Blue Quill Angler upgrades building, continues fly-fishing tradition

    Blue Quill Angler in Bergen Park, in business for 30 years, has new energy.

    The store, which specializes in everything fly-fishing, including classes and guided trips, has gone through a transformation with new flooring, a changing room and display cases.

    “We have upgraded 110 percent,” said store manager Cody Scott, an Evergreen native. “But most importantly, we are the same shop with the same crew” of instructors, salespeople and guides.

  • Teacher’s love of literacy will live on

    A former Marshdale Elementary School teacher’s love of literacy will live on in the school’s library.

    On Saturday, the school dedicated a reading loft to Denise Capretta, a beloved teacher who died on Feb. 5, 2017, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. Those who spoke at the dedication talked about her passion for teaching children, especially reading. Several staff members read from books that they said embodied her spirit.