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Today's News

  • Express lane improves summer travel times

    The eastbound express lane on I-70 from Empire through Idaho Springs was a benefit to travelers in its first summer, state officials report.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation said the toll lane’s added capacity led to a 38 percent improvement in travel times.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Evergreen wins league opener to stretch winning streak to three
    THORNTON — Evergreen is back on track.

    The Cougars opened conference play with a 33-7 road win at Skyview on Oct. 7. The win was Evergreen’s third straight after tough back-to-back road losses earlier in the year at Lewis-Palmer and Harrison. 

  • Kuzava, Cuntz capture regional title

    DENVER — Blake Kuzava had his reasons for playing tennis this season. The Evergreen senior not only wanted to see what he could do, but to test himself. Also, he thought that it might help his golf game.

  • Cougars, Rams fit to be tied

    LAKEWOOD — The look on their faces didn’t tell the whole story. No, the Evergreen Cougars didn’t walk out of Lakewood Memorial Field on Oct. 5 on the losing end of things. They also, however, weren’t victorious, either.

    The 1-1 tie with Green Mountain snapped a stretch in which the defending 4A state champion Cougars had won four of their previous five games, and they knew that a golden opportunity for another win had slipped out of their grasp.

  • High school students learn in high-tech sandbox

    Evergreen High School students haven’t outgrown playing in a sandbox. In fact, the students have been using their Augmented Reality Sandbox to study volcanoes and topographical maps.

    Science teacher Stephanie Seevers had her freshmen earth science class use the sandbox last week as they worked on group projects to build “shield” volcanoes and “stratovolcanoes.”

  • LESSON PLANS: RMAE introduces students to art of woodworking

    Students at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen have been learning to measure, saw and nail as part of a new woodworking class offered to its middle-schoolers.

    The first task for this class of seven students — five girls and two boys — was to create its workshop inside a shed. The students installed windows and wallboard, and teacher Ian Dunbar will add work stations and a demonstration table.

    Dunbar, the school’s technology teacher, has an affinity for woodworking and has taken classes at Red Rocks Community College.

  • Fun run raises funds, community spirit at King-Murphy

    The King-Murphy PTA’s second annual fun run fund-raiser on Friday morning was a success in several ways:

    • Students enjoyed the 38-degree fresh air as they ran laps around the turf field. Most of the younger students ran at least 1.5 miles in about 30 minutes, with a few running closer to 3 miles. The first group included the preschoolers through second-graders, with the older students running later.

  • 'Rocky Horror Show' coming to StageDoor Theatre in Conifer

    By Penny Randell, For the Courier

    StageDoor Theatre in Conifer will bring the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show” to the stage on three weekends this month — including a couple of late-night showings designed to appeal to the movie’s devoted fans.

    The high-energy musical, a campy rock ‘n’ roll tribute to sci-fi and horror flicks, is rated PG-18 and is billed to thrill an adult audience.

  • Candidates for district attorney both favor use of specialty courts

    The two candidates vying for district attorney in Jeffco might be from different political parties, but both say they are committed to reform in the criminal justice system through expanding the use of specialty courts.

    Incumbent DA Pete Weir, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jake Lilly of Evergreen, agree that Jeffco’s specialized problem-solving courts, including dedicated drug, adult mental health and veterans courts, provide a better and more tailored approach.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.