Today's News

  • Evergreen schools, students prepare for new year

    Students preparing to go back to school were given a confidence boost Sunday at United Methodist Church of Evergreen during the annual blessing of the backpacks.

    During the 10:30 service, Pastor Russell Fletcher called all children to the front, where they each received a church backpack. Some brought their own, too.

    Part of Fletcher’s blessing thanked God for sending Jesus to school, where he “learned to serve you.”

  • Special needs, special people

    To paraphrase a proverb: There’s a place for everyone, and everyone has a place.

    No truer words could describe Mountain Community Pathways, an Evergreen program for adults with disabilities. The program, in its third year, provides a place for those with special needs to learn, grow and make friends for six hours a day, five days a week.

    It also operates a home in Evergreen for three developmentally disabled clients and provides a home host provider network so developmentally disabled adults can live in homes other than with their families.

  • 2016 softball preview: Lady Cougars looking to bounce back

    For some, coming off a 7-12 season — the worst season in recent history — might be a concern. For the Evergreen Lady Cougars, they’re approaching the second year of the Della Mitchel era with high hopes.

    “She a great coach. We’re really excited about this year,” senior pitcher Katie Solis said. “We have a lot of good girls. We just want to go farther than we did last year.”

  • 2016 boys tennis preview: Cougars return plenty of experience

    Looking back at his first season at No. 1 singles, Evergreen senior Ryan Lahr might tend to believe that nerves got in the way of his finishing off a competitive first run with a 4A state tournament appearances. 

    His coaches, however, don’t see it that way. They’re more inclined to believe that his game management at critical points in matches played a role in his success or lack thereof.

  • Evergreen tees off in Jeffco League opener

    If the Evergreen Cougars are indeed going to challenge Valor Christian not just in the 4A Jeffco League but in the state in 2016, they certainly made a good first impression Aug. 15 at Deer Creek Golf Club.

    Led by top medalist Lenny Urbas’ round of 4-under-par 68, Evergreen shot a 4-over-par 292 total to cruise to victory in the regular season opener. It marked the first time the Cougars have ever outscored the defending 4A state champions.

  • Accident snarls traffic on eastbound I-70 near Genesee

    An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Genesee exit early Tuesday had traffic backed up to Evergreen Parkway.

    At least one eastbound lane was closed, and numerous emergency crews were on the scene, according to a reporter who drove by the accident.

  • County sees declines in property crimes in second quarter

    Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader last week presented the commissioners the county’s crime stats for the second quarter of 2016, which showed interesting changes in the property-crime categories compared to prior years.

  • Teens have laser-like focus during tag competition at library

    Four boys ducked into a niche with computers and other office equipment — an effective hiding spot. After a few minutes, they decided it was time to make a run for it. One of them pushed a chair in front of him as a shield. Another yelled, “For the rebellion!” A library staff member reminded them to keep their laser guns visible — otherwise they’d be cheating.

  • Teen workers repair trails at Elk Meadow Park

    About 90 teenagers were working to repair trails at Elk Meadow Park throughout the day on Aug. 2.

    Jeffco Open Space’s Trail Stewardship Team, which is a paid summer job for 14- to 18-year-olds, works on trail maintenance projects Tuesdays through Thursdays for eight weeks in the summer.

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.