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Today's News

  • 2017 spring sports preview: 10 stories to watch for

    Believe it or not — and don’t let the weather be the judge of this — but spring sports season is upon us. Practices are in full swing, some teams have started play, and others get going this week. Here are 10 stories to watch for as Evergreen, Conifer and Platte Canyon high schools prepare to embark on the final season of the high school athletic calendar for the 2016-17 school year.

  • EHS’ rally falls short vs. rival Golden

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    GOLDEN — The only guarantee from the Evergreen-Golden matchup Saturday night at Golden High School was that a Jeffco League team would be advancing to the Final Four of the 4A boys basketball state tournament. 

  • Lady Cougars are Final Four bound

    Keigan Drysdale took a deep breath as she stood at the free throw line, peeking up at the scoreboard with 1 minute, 1 second remaining and her Evergreen Lady Cougars on the way to the Final Four.

    “I was in the moment. I was out of breath, tired, all over the place. I took one look at the clock,” said the Evergreen senior, who had missed four free throws earlier in the quarter. “I had to get it together. I took a deep breath, collected myself a little bit and just shot it like I do in practice.”

  • Jeffco fire restrictions upgraded to stage 2

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has enacted a stage 2 fire ban because of dry, windy conditions.

    This ban, which is more stringent than the stage 1 ban in place since mid-February, prohibits the following:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

    • Recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

  • Wildland fire contained on South Wamblee Valley Road

    Six fire agencies contained a wildland fire Saturday evening after it burned 2 acres on South Wamblee Valley Road in Conifer.

    Firefighters planned to remain on hand for several hours on mop-up duty, which involves containing hot spots and ensuring the perimeter is secure, said Michael Davis, spokesman for Elk Creek Fire Protection District.

    The fire at 13600 S. Wamblee Valley Road was discovered about 4:30 p.m. A level 1 evacuation notice for those living within a mile of the fire was in place early on, but it was lifted at 5:30 p.m. 

  • EAS+Y, Evergreen Audubon to show film focusing on health of oceans

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto, for the Courier

    Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability and the Evergreen Audubon and Nature Center will offer an evening of conservation and sustainability awareness Thursday with a showing of the film “A Plastic Ocean.”

    The event, which is the kickoff of EAS+Y’s 2017 programming, will also feature discussion and light refreshments.

  • Fire chief believes two Elk Creek blazes could be linked to those on Green Mountain

    Two wildfires that burned several acres along U.S. 285 near Windy Point last month may be linked to seven suspicious fires in the Green Mountain area, according to Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin.

  • McMinimee's demotion a 'mutual decision'

    Dan McMinimee's early departure from his position as Jeffco schools superintendent last week was ultimately the result of discussions he had with the school board almost three weeks ago. 

    According to board President Ron Mitchell, McMinimee approached the board in mid-February about possibly moving into a different role for the remainder of his contract, which expires June 30. 

  • A final goodbye to an audience of one

    Editor’s note: For my penultimate column as editor of these newspapers, I could think of nothing more appropriate than a piece I wrote in the mid-’90s for the Boulder Daily Camera in honor of my father. Tuesday would have been Isaac Bell’s 97th birthday. That long-ago column appears below, thanks to permission from the Camera and its executive editor, my old buddy Kevin Kaufman.

  • Dog park supporters, Open Space strike deal to keep some off-leash areas open

    Friends of the Elk Meadow off-leash area announced late Tuesday they have canceled Thursday’s rally in light of a new partnership forged with Jeffco Open Space that will keep a portion of the popular Evergreen dog park open for several years to come.