Today's News

  • Cougars seal playoff ticket

    WESTMINSTER — It was the kind of atmosphere that Evergreen head boys basketball coach Scott Haebe said that his team can learn to respond from. It was a playoff-like atmosphere Feb. 20 at Standley Lake.

    And maybe it was a playoff game for the Cougars. Finishing no higher than third in their division of the 4A Jeffco League, which included the conference’s top two teams — Golden and Valor Christian — every win down the stretch was much-needed.

  • StageDoor’s ‘Sweet Charity’ is full of love, laughs

    We’ve all met the girl who wants something so badly that she tries too hard to get it. That’s Charity Hope Valentine, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through “Sweet Charity,” the latest production by StageDoor Theatre’s high school company.

  • Park district hires new human resources manager

    Evergreen resident Heather McBroome has been hired by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to serve as part-time human resources manager, Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director, announced last Thursday.

    McBroome is replacing former HR manager Chris Jeffery, who left the district in January to accept a full-time position.

  • Heritage Square announces closing on Dec. 31

    Heritage Square Family Entertainment Center will close on Dec. 31, said Peter Bovis, property manager for the Victorian-themed park in Golden. 

    The closure includes the alpine slide and all shops and businesses. The amusement park and Victorian Event Center, which are independently operated businesses, will remain open as stand-alone operations, Bovis said.

    Bovis, who has served as manager of the park for the past three years, cited economic factors in the decision to close the main portion of it. 

  • Work on connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam to begin in April

    Construction on the long-anticipated connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam is scheduled to begin the second week of April, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.

    The 200-foot trail connection, which has been in planning stages for several years, will provide an alternative to the steep metal stairs leading from the base of the dam to the lake trail. The project is a collaborative effort involving DEED and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Storksbill blooms may be seen in February near the foothills

    Once more, a fine snow is drifting down on the meadows that surround me. Elk Run Assisted Living is located in an offshoot of the Elk Meadow Open Space area.

    I watched the fog move across the meadow and as usual this time of year, it brought another snowstorm with it. The grasses in the meadow are dry, tan or yellow, with nary a sign of spring green.

  • Snow days

    A snowstorm in the foothills — whether 6 inches or 60 inches — brings a series of rituals that include both outdoor and indoor activities.

    As Evergreen and Conifer prepared on Friday for a snowy blast over the weekend, one of the first rituals for many was a trip to the grocery store to stock up on supplies, with reports of long lines at checkout stands and empty shelves after the onslaught.

  • Winter ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake

    The only people on the ice at Evergreen Lake last week were a few fishermen and workers who were cleaning the frozen surface.

    Warm weather mixed with intermittent snow created unstable conditions on the ice, prompting the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to close the skating rinks for the season.

    Ellen O'Connor, EPRD executive director, said that a collaborative decision had been made after conferring with Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor, and Heart Cameron, EPRD operations manager.

  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ brings sweet performances to EMS

    The Oompa-Loompas will visit Evergreen Middle School on Friday and Saturday, when “Willy Wonka Jr.” is performed by the school’s choral music students.

    The show is based on the book “Willy Wonka,” so the plot is a bit different than the Gene Wilder movie. But the students will be treated to old friends such as Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, his Uncle Joe and the other difficult children who find golden tickets.

  • All about bears, squirrels, gophers

    “Do mice hibernate?” 4½-year-old Maia Maestas asked volunteer naturalist Connie Hauver.

    Maia and other youngsters were gathered around Hauver for a Preschool Nature Nuts program at Lookout Mountain Nature Center last Thursday.

    Mice don’t hibernate like bears and other creatures during the wintertime, Hauver said.