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Today's News

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • HITTING THE HIGH NOTES: Jimy Murphy

    Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.

  • These eggs are all they’re cracked up to be

    Among the oil paintings and equine photography at Main Street Fine Art and Shadow Mountain Gallery last Thursday were rows of boldly decorated duck-size ceramic eggs and their many egghead admirers.

  • At Evergreen Lake, a love affair with the planet

    A large banner with a photo of the planet Earth hung over the entrance to the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, waving in the wind above those who came to the 27th annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair.

    “The people in Evergreen absolutely love nature, and they’re dedicated to making sure we always have nature. That’s been kind of exciting to see,” said Colleen Kulesza, the new director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which opened for the season on Saturday.  

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

  • Robins have made their way back to the area

    (Reprinted from April 28, 2010)

    As I was coming home from a late trip to the library and grocery store, it was almost dark as I came up the hill when an American robin flew across the road right in front of me. I braked and he landed in a ponderosa pine in the yard, the same tree that a pair of robins has nested in for the past several years.

    This made me feel it was my old friend. Of course, this is impossible to prove unless the bird had been banded, but it is more than likely, for robins are known to nest in the same area year after year.

  • Parent wants to switch start times of middle, high school

    Principals at Evergreen High School and Middle School say a parent’s suggestion to switch the schools’ start times so EHS starts later likely will not happen by August.

    They say there are too many groups to get on the same page before any changes could be made, including bus schedules and after-school activities. In addition, there is not enough time to make sure that parents would agree to such a switch.

  • Quick Hits

    Bahl and Kisiel off to The Show

    Evergreen’s girls basketball coach Amy Bahl and senior Samantha Kisiel will participate in The Show (prep all-star) basketball game 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. Bahl, who guided the Cougars to the Class 4A state title game, will coach the Blue Team with Lakewood girls coach Chris Poisson. Kisiel was one of 22 girls selected to play. The senior, who averaged 15.3 points per game last season, will play for the Blue Team.

    Holley second at Broken Tee

  • Near no-hitter for Kapande

    DENVER — Image if the slider was working for Evergreen senior pitcher Dane Kapande on April 23 at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School.

    Kapande could have very well thrown a no-hitter in the Class 4A Jeffco League game against D’Evelyn. Instead, the Cougars’ ace had to settle for a 5-0 victory throwing 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up two hits while striking out 14 batters.

  • Rising from the abyss

    By Chelsy Woods Klein — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Much like waxing and waning moons, Evergreen’s boys swim team has a long and somewhat muddled past, only allowing onlookers to see how brightly it shines when it’s in a particular phase.