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Today's News

  • Family escapes house fire on Lone Spruce Road

    A family and their dog escaped a house fire near El Rancho late Sunday, but their home sustained significant damage.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received a call at 10:31 p.m. saying that a house was ablaze in the 30000 block of Lone Spruce Road, according to EFR spokeswoman Stacee Martin.

    Martin said smoke detectors alerted the family to the flames, and so they were able to escape. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

  • Evergreen Fire OKs 2017 budget

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District finalized its 2017 budget on Jan. 13, cementing salary and wage increases and boosts in capital spending.

    Under the 2017 spending plan, the district’s communications, fire operations, fire prevention, administration, maintenance, and emergency medical services divisions will share in more than $200,000 allocated for wage and salary increases.

  • Elk Creek Elementary to launch preschool

    After years of discussion, Elk Creek Elementary will finally join other area elementary schools in welcoming 3- and 4-year-olds when it opens its preschool program next year.

    Announced earlier this month, the move comes after a feasibility study revealed interest from more than 80 area families. According to Elk Creek principal Ryan Lucas, the preschool will be a boon for area parents who frequently have to drive 20 minutes or more to preschools at other schools, as well as for Elk Creek staff, who are excited to work with more kids.

  • Two EHS students arrested in connection with bullying, hazing

    Two Evergreen High School students were arrested on the afternoon of Oct. 19 in connection with bullying and hazing incidents at the school, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office reported.

    A 16-year-old student was arrested on charges of felony menacing, and a 15-year-old is facing a misdemeanor charge of harassment, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton. Fulton said the two students were arrested by the school resource officer about 2 p.m. that day. 

  • Commissioners favor rezoning for development at Dinosaur Ridge — without car dealerships

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a rezoning that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, but after a marathon meeting they instead showed support for a substitute motion by Commissioner Libby Szabo to eliminate vehicle dealerships from the controversial development.

  • Lobos overcome sluggish 1st half, top Pirates

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — Conifer’s first boys basketball win in the 4A Colorado 7 League won’t go down as a classic. In fact, most agreed that the 67-58 home win over Alameda on Jan. 13 was one of the Lobos’ poorest efforts of the season — at least for the first half.

  • Cougars thwart Jeffco foe Jaguars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    January is the girls swimming equivalent of baseball’s dog days of summer, a period between the season’s biggest meets — the mid-December Colorado Coaches Invitational and the league and state championships in February. It’s a time when swimmers and coaches are focused on intensive training before tapering for the latter than performance times in the string of dual meets that proceeds them.

  • Rapids draft Evergreen product Hamilton

    Going into the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Sam Hamilton didn’t have any idea where he might fall. He tried to go into it with a fresh perspective and no expectations. 

    Sure, there was the slight possibility that he might land in the first round Jan. 13, but he figured it was most likely that he would go in the second, third or fourth round.

    But 15th overall and to the hometown Colorado Rapids?

  • Lobos’ Condit getting it done

    Zander Condit can’t exactly describe his wrestling style, but the Conifer High freshman doesn’t really have to. All of his talking is being done on the mat. He proved as much Jan. 14 at the Evergreen Invitational.

    The 126-pounder won four consecutive matches, including a pinfall victory over Fossil Ridge’s Will Henrickson in 1 minute, 19 seconds in the championship bout at Evergreen High School.

  • Shrikes common in foothills, though not easy to identify

    (Reprinted from Jan. 23, 2008)

    For some time now, the birds at our feeders have been nervous, flying into the prickly thickness of a nearby blue spruce or darting into the lilac bushes every time anything moves in the yard or even inside the window. Such behavior, especially in cold, snowy weather, can mean only one thing. There is a predator of some kind working in the area. But what kind? That is the question.