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Today's News

  • No-hitter continues Cougars’ late slide

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — As gauntlets go, Evergreen’s run through the upper echelon of the state’s best 4A baseball teams didn’t quite rival in peril the one Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke endured in the 1977 same-named flick.

  • EHS’ Holley returning to 4A state tournament

    LITTLETON — Natalie Holley can pinpoint her success on the golf course to two factors: continuous practice and her coaches, particularly Hiwan Golf Club’s Kevin Hanley. 

    It is those reasons why the Evergreen sophomore will be making a second straight trip to the 4A state tournament after carding a 9-over-par 81 at the 4A Metro West Regional on May 4. She finished sixth at Raccoon Creek Golf Course.

  • Strategy works as Keegan earns state bid

    DENVER — Kelli Keegan may be Evergreen’s No. 1 singles player, but the senior has said that she’s felt like an underdog all season. 

    She doesn’t have to feel that way anymore.

  • Boulder raspberry a good shrub to grow in the foothills

    Many readers of this column have asked for suggestions on the best trees and shrubs to plant in landscaping their homes in this area. If you need large trees, there is nothing better than the native ponderosa pine, blue spruce and Douglas fir.

    However, the blue spruce and Douglas fir need a bit more water and do their best in a ravine on a north slope, while a ponderosa pine will grow on a south slope. All of these or any other trees will need extra water for the first two to three years until they become established.

  • Rainy forecast leads to delay in connector trail work

    Installation of the bridge for the connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam has been delayed because of inclement weather forecast for this week.

    GoodLand Construction, contractor for the project, is scheduled to resume work Monday night, May 11. The contractor is planning full nighttime closures of Highway 74 between Upper Bear Creek Road and Highway 73 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. May 11-13. On May 13, one eastbound lane is scheduled to be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Taking up the challenge

    ABC’s "Extreme Weight Loss" coach Bruce Pitcher took a unique firefighter fitness challenge at Evergreen Fire/Rescue on Monday.

    He passed with flying colors.

    Pitcher finished up the tough, local challenge in 1:54 minutes, a few seconds under the cut-off time of 2 minutes considered “really good” by Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteer firefighters.
    The fire department-sponsored challenge on Monday was followed by a dinner, and Pitcher was the featured speaker.

  • The devil in the details

    Early negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the Jeffco Education Association have highlighted a long-existing source of tension: How much detail should be written into teachers’ contracts?

    Union negotiators argued for detailed contracts in sessions last week, pointing out that in the high-pressure day-to-day schedule of a teacher, prescriptive contract language can provide stability. 

  • Evergreen fire chief awaiting performance review

    Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege still is awaiting the outcome of his annual job performance review.

    Three fire district board members and Weege all say the review discussion was put off until the board receives feedback comments from volunteer firefighters and other workers. 

    The feedback process is "normal," George Kling, president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board, said in a voice-mail message. 

  • Health-care spending means anemic K-12 funding

    A friend called the other day asking me to explain why funding for K-12 in this year’s state budget wasn’t larger? Also, was K-12 taking more than its “fair share” of Colorado tax dollars? I thought they were both good and important questions that perhaps deserved an answer to a larger audience.

  • Colorado needs a presidential primary

    It’s déjà vu all over again — if we’re a year away from a presidential election, it must be time to talk about how we pick our delegates to national nominating conventions.