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Today's News

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • After review … the ruling on the field stinks

    We are being bombarded by the Ray Rice situation. The story is now bigger than a case of domestic violence, and it sure looks like the league swept it under the rug. Why is that a big story? The owners know that, as legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning  isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” Or, as our favorite owner, Al Davis, put it, “Just win, baby.”

  • Pygmy nuthatches display interesting flocking habits

    Sitting at the window one day last week, I saw birds at my feeder when I suddenly noticed some odd behavior among the birds coming to a nearby ponderosa pine.

  • McMinimee addresses local students' concerns about curriculum

    Superintendent Dan McMinimee tried to reassure Conifer students Thursday morning that no action has been taken on the school board’s proposal controversial curriculum review committee.

    “We’re at the very beginning of this process,” McMinimee said. “(The committee) hasn’t even been discussed to the point of implementation.”

    More than 200 Conifer High School students packed the school’s auditorium to ask questions of the superintendent Thursday morning.

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson

    I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • Jeffco student protests continue

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • El Rancho restaurant building still for sale

    They’re still keeping the lights on at the El Rancho restaurant.

    The swoopy, orange El Rancho sign is lit up nightly, even though the landmark restaurant has not been open since 2011.

    Doug Antonoff, president of Antonoff & Co. and manager of El Rancho Investors LLC, is the one paying to keep the lights on. He said he’s not sure offhand how much he has paid in electricity costs.

  • Q&A with Senate District 16 Democratic candidate Jeanne Nicholson

    What are your qualifications for serving as a state senator from your district?
    My experience as a former nurse, small business owner, and county commissioner make me well qualified to serve in the Colorado senate.

    What do you see as the most critical issue for Senate District 16?
    Strengthening our small businesses and creating an economy that works for everyone not just the wealthy and well connected.

  • Cougars honor seniors, rip Lobos

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    It was an emotional win for Evergreen’s softball team Sept. 20 against Conifer, as the team’s seniors were honored only months away from graduating.

    The field was dressed in blue and gold streamers with “2015” proudly displayed on the fence in painted styrofoam cups. To the right were posters with the graduates’ pictures and profiles. To the right of the dugout were the graduating jersey numbers: 23, 42, 22, and 18.

  • Slow start doesn’t derail Cougars in shutout of rival Lobos

    CONIFER — The intent of the Evergreen boys soccer team was evident: score as many goals as early as possible. After all, in the Cougars’ first four victories this season, one was in double overtime, another after scoring two late second-half tallies and two more by a goal each.