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Today's News

  • GOP legislator named to county commission

    A Jeffco GOP vacancy committee has named state Rep. Libby Szabo to take over the remainder of the term of former county commissioner Faye Griffin. 

    Szabo was elected in November to a third term in House District 27, which includes western Arvada, and served as assistant minority leader for the House Republicans.   

  • Petition signed by 6,500 seeks resignation of school board majority

    A petition signed by 6,554 Jeffco residents calling for school board President Ken Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams to resign caused a stir at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Jeffco parent and petition organizer Molly Snyder told board members she is not affiliated with the teachers union, the Jefferson County Education Association. 

  • Evergreen chamber president Browning resigns

    Lin Browning, president and CEO of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, has resigned from the job, citing personal reasons. Her last day at work was Jan. 14.

    “As some of you may know,” she said in an e-mail letter to chamber members, “I've been dealing with major family health issues and have decided to take this time in my life to focus on being a mom and a daughter.”

  • Northern shrikes are prolific small-animal hunters

    If you are riding around this area on a nice winter day and see a lone black-and-white bird perched on a fence or utility line, it is probably a shrike.

    The question is, “Which one?” because there are two species of shrikes that occur in different parts of our state at different times of the year. Shrikes are interesting birds that scientists have had trouble placing in the system of birds ever since they were first observed.

  • Jeffco Open Space recommends grants for Evergreen park district, Nature Center

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Evergreen Nature Center are in line to receive grants from Jeffco Open Space and the Conservation Trust Fund, respectively.

    After a final review Jan. 8, the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee agreed to support staff recommendations that include a $40,000 grant to replace the bridge at Evergreen Lake Park and $11,000 for projects at the Nature Center.

  • Jeffco says farewell to outgoing officials

    Jeffco said goodbye to four county officials last week in the final days of their terms, with a new wave of elected officials set to be sworn in Jan. 13. 

    Sheriff Ted Mink, Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson and Assessor Jim Everson all were term-limited and did not run in last November's election. County Commissioner Faye Griffin will forgo her final two years on the commission to take over as the newly elected clerk and recorder. All four are Republicans.

  • Slip-sliding into the annual Ice Melt Contest

    Trudging through slushy, slippery ice, members of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club carried their iconic blue barrel onto Evergreen Lake and placed it on a wooden frame Dec. 6.

    Rotary member Jerry Lautigar drilled holes in the ice with an auger to secure the frame, while John Ellis and others held onto it. A Realtor's lock-box containing two watches was attached to the base of the structure with a large chain.

  • EChO sees increased need for services in winter months

    There are homeless people in Evergreen who camp in the forest and live in their cars, said Sharon Smith, executive director of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    “We do have people living in cars with children at Walmart,” she said.

    When the weather turns extremely cold, EChO helps people without homes find shelter for the night, usually referring them to agencies down the hill. And although the charitable organization has minimal available funds, Smith sometimes arranges for homeless families to stays at hotels on bitterly cold nights.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Kisiel, Lady Cougars hold off Green Mountain
    Junior Sam Kisiel led Evergreen with 15 points and the Lady Cougars held off a stern challenge from Green Mountain for a 46-44 home victory on Jan. 9 at Lo Hunter Gymnasium at Evergreen High School.

    Fellow junior Hannah Orr added 11 points, sophomore Keigan Drysdale scored eight and senior Lauren Russell pulled down a game-high eight rebounds as the Lady Cougars (9-1, 2-0 4A Jeffco League) won their eighth straight game.

  • Cougars hold on, trump Green Mt.

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen’s defensive game plan was single-minded: Put Fritts on the fritz.