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Today's News

  • Snowberries make an appearance in foothills

    (Reprinted from Dec. 5, 2012)

    This has been an exceptionally warm, dry fall. We often have nice weather on Thanksgiving, but to have 60-degree days in December is unusual. Moist air coming in from the Pacific Ocean has soaked the West Coast with rain.

    It may reach here by the time this is published, and as it hits the higher mountains, it may well turn to snow. However, that still remains uncertain.

  • Festival of Lights celebrates Hanukkah in Evergreen community

    The community is invited to the annual Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah, at Evergreen Lake on Dec. 10. Hosted by three Jewish congregations, the event will include a menorah lighting, seasonal Hanukkah music, activities for children and refreshments at the Lake House.

    Denver-based cantor Joel Lichterman will lead the menorah lighting in song and blessings. State Sen. Tim Neville, along with local rabbis and other dignitaries, will light candles on the menorah.

  • Developer sought for mixed-use project in El Rancho

    With rezoning in place for the project, the owner of a 4.5-acre property in El Rancho is hoping to find a developer interested in bringing the concept for One El Rancho Place into reality.

    Jeffco's county commissioners recently approved rezoning from restricted commercial-1 to planned development for property owned by George DeMarsico, allowing the plan to move forward.

  • Dog fatally shot in Evergreen family's yard

    While grieving the loss, an Evergreen family is trying to find out who shot their dog, a golden retriever who had been with them for nine years.

    Bob Cole said the dog was in the yard about 50 feet from his home in Witter Gulch when someone shot him on Nov. 12 about 4 p.m.

    Cole’s son was home at the time of the shooting and heard the dog cry out in pain, he said. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, but he was so badly wounded that he died a couple of days later.

  • Trotting together in frigid weather

    Falling snow and frigid temperatures didn’t keep people in Evergreen from participating in the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach on Thanksgiving morning. 

    “Despite the adverse weather, over 400 people participated, with 37 registering the morning of the trot,” said Lori Frease, event organizer.

  • Trotting together in frigid weather

    Falling snow and frigid temperatures didn’t keep people in Evergreen from participating in the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach on Thanksgiving morning. 

    “Despite the adverse weather, over 400 people participated, with 37 registering the morning of the trot,” said Lori Frease, event organizer.

  • Hola, Wilmot: School adds Spanish curriculum to its literacy program

    The halls of Wilmot Elementary are filled with children greeting one another — only now some of that chatter is in Spanish.

    That’s because this year, all 330 students get between 40 and 70 minutes of Spanish instruction each week, thanks to Wilmot’s accountability council and PTA joining forces to hire a Spanish teacher.

    Principal Matt Cormier is proud of the program and believes it’s the first of its kind in foothills elementary schools.

  • Evergreen hoops building on good chemistry

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Replacing graduated players is an accepted annual rite for high school coaches.

    However, with 20-plus years at the helm of Evergreen’s boys basketball program, Scott Haebe is hard-pressed to recall a bigger hit to his squad between seasons.

    “It’s been a while since we’ve had so few returning players,” Haebe said of the 2015-16 edition of the Cougars.

  • Securities Board recommends no action against Journey pastor

    Three members of the Colorado Securities Board have recommended in favor of former Journey Community Church pastor Michael Cheshire, calling a state investigation that sought to have him banned from selling securities “much ado about nothing.”

    Cheshire, who led the Conifer-area congregation until it disbanded last year, was brought before the board after a Division of Securities investigation accused him of securities fraud and asked for an administrative cease-and-desist order to prevent him from selling securities in Colorado again.

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.