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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Home cooking, atmosphere dominate at The Den

    When Glenn and Lisa Kastner opened their new restaurant in Marshdale, they wanted a name that summed up their appreciation for their beloved mountain community.

    “We live up here in the mountains, and there are plenty of animal dens around here,” Glenn said. “A den is inviting; it’s home. We wanted to have a place that felt like home.”

    Since opening June 8, The Den has been serving pizzas, burgers and pasta to hungry mountain residents.

  • Bald eagles near Evergreen Lake cause a stir

    Everyone in Evergreen has been excited about the two bald eagles that have been hanging out in a dead tree near Evergreen Lake for the past week. I have had several people call me, and others have brought me photographs of the birds. They are apparently two adult bald eagles, easily recognized by their size, dark bodies, white head and tail.

  • Very cool: Fireworks set to return to Indian Hills fete

    Thanks to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, fireworks at the Indian Hills July 4th celebration are expected to light the night on Friday evening.

    After two years with no fireworks because of dry and hot conditions, organizers are happy to announce the return of fireworks to Indian Hills Fire-Rescue’s annual celebration — if the weather cooperates.

    “This is one of the coolest summers I can recall,” said Fire Chief Emery Carson. “It’s looking good for fireworks.”

  • District boosts funding for curriculum, student achievement

    Thanks to increased state funding, Jeffco Public Schools will spend more on curriculum, student achievement and ever-changing technology trends during the 2014-15 school year.

    The school board approved next year’s budget at last month’s final meeting before summer break on a 3-2 vote. The more than $1 billion spending plan is up from last year’s $952 million budget.

  • Coworking movement takes hold in Evergreen

    Evergreen resident Jack Holbrook had a typical work-from-home job — he talked with customers on the phone and worked on his computer for his job at the Electrical Construction Co. in Hawaii.

    The problem was, Holbrook didn’t really like working from his home. He went from working at a busy office in Hawaii to working at home in Evergreen, and he wanted to interact with co-workers. He also wanted to be able to meet with people and socialize after work.

    Holbrook apparently is not alone.