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Today's News

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

    Jeffco Virtual Academy, which offers four days of online school and one day of in-person instruction each week, didn’t have high enough enrollment in kindergarten through sixth grade to justify the expenses, district officials said.

  • 'Science is awesome'

    By Andrew Demo, For the Courier

    For 8-year-old Callum Moffatt, a second-grader at Bergen Meadow Elementary School in Evergreen, the third time was the charm at the annual Mountain Area Science Fair.

  • EHS Poms finish strong on national stage

    Hard work, endless hours of practice and a resilient spirit carried the Evergreen High Poms back to national competition this year — and their trip to Orlando, Fla., in late January culminated with a fifth-in-the-nation finish in hip-hop.

    “We decided that we were going to go to finals this year,” head coach Monique O’Neill said of her squad.

    And reach the finals they did.

  • Resident who escaped house fire appreciates community’s kindness

    The Evergreen resident who escaped with his dog when his home caught fire at the end of January said he has been “blown away” by the kindness of community members.

    Don Haupin, who closed on his house off Brook Forest Road at the end of December, had been living in the home for only two weeks when it caught fire about midnight Jan. 27. Haupin said investigators suspect electrical issues may have sparked the fire under his porch. Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba said a final report has not yet been issued.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signs a contract by month’s end that changes the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission will consider revoking its use license. 

  • County property-tax bills inducing sticker shock

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Love's labors are not lost

    They say you can’t mix business with pleasure. But how about mixing your business and personal lives?

    Evergreen is filled with couples who spend their days together at work, then spend their nights together at home. While this might be an impossibility for some, these couples say it works well for them.

    All it takes is excellent communication, a lot of respect and a strong sense of humor.

  • Quick Hits

    Cougars seeking baseball coach

    Evergreen High School Baseball is looking for a Level 3 baseball coach for the upcoming spring season. Those interested can contact head coach Steve Jones at sjones@joneskeller.com.

    Distance runners at indoor meet

    Evergreen High School’s distance track coach Rob Wright took seven members of the Cougars’ track team to an indoor meet Feb. 6 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

  • Evergreen girls clinch playoff berth

    EVERGREEN — Reservations for the big dance were officially made Feb. 5.

    Evergreen’s girls basketball team formally clinched its postseason berth to the 32-team Class 4A state tournament with a 65-45 home victory over Golden. It was also the seventh straight win for the Cougars (17-2, 9-2 in 4A Jeffco).

     “I think this is a great streak for us right now,” Evergreen coach Amy Bahl said. “This is when you want to be playing your better basketball.”

  • Cougars staring down gantlet to end regular season

    EVERGREEN — The door seemed ajar for Evergreen to snag its first victory over rival Golden since the 2012-13 boys basketball season.

     “I was thinking we had the best chance I’ve ever seen (to beat Golden),” Evergreen senior Brady Bokelman said Feb. 5 after the Class 4A Jeffco League battle. “I’ve played three years on varsity, and I’ve never seen a game that close with Golden at halftime.”