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Today's News

  • Vintage VW convertible is this year’s selection for park and rec foundation raffle

    She’s beautiful, a bit of trouble — and could be yours.
    A classy 1970 Volkswagen Karmann beetle named Layla is this year’s selection for the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation raffle.
    This convertible has a new rag top and a rebuilt engine with less than 30,000 miles of wear. And she’s been through two restorations recently.
    Because getting her ready to be raffled off has been a bit difficult, Layla is deserving of her name — just like the woman in the Eric Clapton song, foundation member Kit Darrow said.

  • Column: Early risers embrace Triple Bypass challenge

     It’s 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning as I struggle to get up, get dressed and meander my way up to Bergen Park to catch a few last-minute riders and event officials. Who would think that there would be a scattering of cars working their way up into the mountains so early for a weekend getaway, much less cyclists who’ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.

  • Ride holds special meaning for San Fran cyclist

    This year’s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider’s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.

    He was going to ride it with his dad, Jim, who got him started in cycling more than 10 years ago. It was his father who started him out riding century (100 mile) rides. But last Oct. 29, at the age of 65, Jim unexpectedly passed away. A planned family vacation, including a visit to Yellowstone National Park, was now a memorial ride in honor of his late father.

  • The political deck is stacked against voters

    Editor’s note: This column is the second installment in a four-part series that will look at the divisiveness in the U.S. Congress and offer possible solutions.

    By Jim Rohrer

    Have you ever participated in any type of athletic contest in which you feel that the deck is stacked against you or your team? Maybe your opponent’s advantage is technically within the rules, but something about the advantage seems unfair. Someone pushed the rules to the limit.

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

    Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a result of warm, wet weather

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.

  • Evergreen Players' production of 'Annie' shines

    The sun will come up on the Evergreen Players when the curtain opens at the latest production of "Annie," July 11 through Aug. 3. Families will enjoy sharing their memories of this beloved musical, as well as making new memories together when they follow the popular comic-strip heroine Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy on their adventures from Miss Hannigan's orphanage into the heart of Daddy Warbucks.

  • Annual tourney set to benefit special needs programs

    The 10th annual Andy Smith Sr. Memorial Special Needs Golf Tournament, presented by the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club and Evergreen Park & Recreation District, is scheduled for July 21 at Hiwan Golf Club. Money raised goes toward the district’s special needs programs.

  • Burke ready to make debut

    Seventeen-year-olds rarely have life-altering decisions to make like the one Brock Burke faced last month. The University of Oregon signee, who won’t turn 18 until Aug. 4, was drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
    Does one go to college and get that degree or go straight to work as a professional baseball player? Tampa Bay made the decision easy for him.

  • Weiner repeats at Freedom Run

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Bob Weiner is someone you don’t want to run into if you’re on the wrong side of the law in Jefferson County and someone you don’t want to run against in the Freedom Run 5K.