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Today's News

  • Northern shrikes are prolific small-animal hunters

    If you are riding around this area on a nice winter day and see a lone black-and-white bird perched on a fence or utility line, it is probably a shrike.

    The question is, “Which one?” because there are two species of shrikes that occur in different parts of our state at different times of the year. Shrikes are interesting birds that scientists have had trouble placing in the system of birds ever since they were first observed.

  • Jeffco Open Space recommends grants for Evergreen park district, Nature Center

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District and Evergreen Nature Center are in line to receive grants from Jeffco Open Space and the Conservation Trust Fund, respectively.

    After a final review Jan. 8, the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee agreed to support staff recommendations that include a $40,000 grant to replace the bridge at Evergreen Lake Park and $11,000 for projects at the Nature Center.

  • Jeffco says farewell to outgoing officials

    Jeffco said goodbye to four county officials last week in the final days of their terms, with a new wave of elected officials set to be sworn in Jan. 13. 

    Sheriff Ted Mink, Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson and Assessor Jim Everson all were term-limited and did not run in last November's election. County Commissioner Faye Griffin will forgo her final two years on the commission to take over as the newly elected clerk and recorder. All four are Republicans.

  • Slip-sliding into the annual Ice Melt Contest

    Trudging through slushy, slippery ice, members of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club carried their iconic blue barrel onto Evergreen Lake and placed it on a wooden frame Dec. 6.

    Rotary member Jerry Lautigar drilled holes in the ice with an auger to secure the frame, while John Ellis and others held onto it. A Realtor's lock-box containing two watches was attached to the base of the structure with a large chain.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Kisiel, Lady Cougars hold off Green Mountain
    Junior Sam Kisiel led Evergreen with 15 points and the Lady Cougars held off a stern challenge from Green Mountain for a 46-44 home victory on Jan. 9 at Lo Hunter Gymnasium at Evergreen High School.

    Fellow junior Hannah Orr added 11 points, sophomore Keigan Drysdale scored eight and senior Lauren Russell pulled down a game-high eight rebounds as the Lady Cougars (9-1, 2-0 4A Jeffco League) won their eighth straight game.

  • Cougars hold on, trump Green Mt.

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen’s defensive game plan was single-minded: Put Fritts on the fritz.

  • EHS dominates from start to finish

    Last February was the culmination of a three-year push by the Evergreen Lady Cougars’ girls swim team. It finally won that elusive 4A state championship, beating perennial powerhouse Thompson Valley by a commanding 88.5 points.

    So if that was the case last year, then Evergreen’s 143-43 lopsided victory over the visiting Lady Eagles on Jan. 10 at Wulf Recreation Center should serve notice that EHS has no intentions of releasing its perch atop the state pedestal.

  • Auto parts store eyed for A-frame on Bryant

    A new O'Reilly Auto Parts store could be built this summer on the spot on Bryant Drive where Gallerie Quilt currently is located.

    The iconic A-frame building at 30406 Bryant Drive would be demolished, and a 6,500-square-foot auto parts store with about 20 parking spaces would be built in its place, according to preliminary plans received by the Jefferson County planning department. The land is currently listed for sale at $549,000.

  • Sergeant remembered for sense of duty — and humor

    Sean Renfro built a reputation as a person of character who valued his family, faith and his duty as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    But it was Renfro’s sense of humor and his smile that defined him, according to friends and family who spoke at his funeral Monday at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer.