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Today's News

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase. 

  • A dog-washing good time

    Perhaps deciding she was clean enough, Baguette the corgi jumped out of the kiddie pool in which volunteers were washing her on Sunday afternoon.

    She and other canines of all shapes and sizes were with their owners at the fifth annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails, a dog wash benefiting the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    “Most of the dogs seem to really enjoy it,” said Cindy Rice, an EAPL volunteer helping with the event sponsored by TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon. “We’ve had a good turnout this year.”

  • How to get your free listing in the Canyon Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

  • Six jail deputies reprimanded in prisoner's death

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has reprimanded six jail deputies after an investigation into the March death of Jennifer Lobato, who died in her cell after waiting hours in vain for medical attention. 

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the six deputies were given written reprimands for their actions or lack of action. Lobato died March 2, a day after being booked into the jail on a shoplifting charge. 

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Summer a time to revel in reading

    For our youths in the foothills, summer brings a freedom from school schedules for three brief months — you can read what you WANT to read. I was always excited about the first book of the summer — my choice. I love books. I love the feel of their weight, the smell and the look. To me, they represent a new beginning, hidden knowledge and the best of humanity. This may seem a bit romantic but … so be it — it’s summer!

  • Four more hummingbirds occasionally visit the area

    Last week I wrote about the two most common hummingbirds seen locally, the broad-tailed and the rufous.

    Broad-tailed hummingbirds usually arrive in April and nest here. Rufous hummingbirds, which have gone north along the Pacific coast in early spring, have nested as far north as southern Alaska and return south along the mountains where there are still wildflowers.

  • Lights to brighten Conifer’s stadium

    The light poles are up; three team rooms, including one that will serve as a storage area/officials room, are in place at the end of the south end zone; and new asphalt will be laid to replace the worn-out track surrounding Lobo Field. 

    Get ready Conifer High School, Lobo Field is almost ready to play under the lights.

    Construction on the improved facilities began in early June. Great Outdoors Colorado provided a grant for $280,000 last year, which allowed Conifer High to reach its $500,000 goal to install lights and team rooms at Lobo Field.

  • Press box adds new element to EHS

    Sitting just off the track at Evergreen High School, the blue and gold-colored press box is a welcomed sight. It’s been a long time coming, but it was a necessity if the school wants to host more varsity football game up in the foothills.

    “It’s very nice. I really like the way it looks,” Evergreen varsity football coach Rob Molholm said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re excited to have it.”

  • Kittredge Park improvement project moves forward

    Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade has been selected for the playground improvement project at Kittredge Park, which is scheduled to begin in early September.

    The plan that Schade designed includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for 2- to 12-year-old youngsters. A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in her design. The new equipment will meet ADA standards, Schade noted in her proposal.