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Today's News

  • Quick Hits

    Postponed hoops, again

    For the second time, Class 4A Jeffco League boys basketball game — D’Evelyn at Evergreen — was postponed. A power outage at Evergreen High School on Jan. 22 forced the game to be rescheduled to Feb. 1. Jeffco Schools cancelled all after-school activities Feb. 1 because of the snowstorm that ultimately cancelled schools and athletic events district wide on Feb. 2. The game will be rescheduled to a third date before the conclusion of the regular season.

  • Bizbeat: Table-making hobby sets up couple for business

    A simple gift of a handmade wood console table has turned into a business for Amy and Doug Golenz of Alpine Blue Home.

    After the two were married about 25 years ago, Doug made Amy the table out of reclaimed wood, and it has traveled with them as they moved across the country.

    Friends would ask for one, so Doug would build it for them, Amy said.

    Now, they have turned that talent into a business in the Evergreen Design Center on Meadow Drive. That original console table was the basis for what they call their classic line of furniture.

  • Defense carries Evergreen to victory

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Watching Evergreen’s girls basketball team is like reading a John Grisham novel: the defense never rests.

    The Cougars completed a week of stifling three Class 4A Jeffco League opponents’ offenses with arguably their best defensive effort of the season. Evergreen forced 39 turnovers and held Littleton to 13 percent shooting to complete a perfect 3-0 week with a 39-16 home victory Jan. 30.

  • Fear and loathing on local campaign trail

    If all politics is local, a phrase coined by former House speaker Tip O’Neill, then Colorado’s U.S. Senate race has come home to roost in the coverage areas of our three Jeffco newspapers.

    No less than three of the current 12 Republican candidates for the seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet hail from Jefferson County, and that trio’s political careers have been covered closely by our papers.

  • There’s more to see outdoors in winter than you think

    (Reprinted from Feb. 10, 2015)

    It often seems like there is not much to see in the outdoors in winter, but if you look around, you will be surprised at how much activity there is. Tracks in the snow will inform you about the animals that have been visiting your area, and weeds that last summer were stalks standing above the snow will inform you about what grew in your yard last summer.

  • After 30,000 patients, Evergreen veterinarian closes practice

    After 37 years and more than 30,000 patients, Evergreen veterinarian T.J. Fogg has hung up the doctor’s smocks he wore daily to his Bergen Park Veterinary Clinic.

    Fogg, who graduated from the Colorado State University veterinary school in 1958, has worked with pets of all shapes and sizes since opening his practice in Evergreen in 1979. Between 1958 and 1979, he had a large- and small-animal practice in Wyoming, and worked in animal medical research.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • County commission candidate focuses on property rights

    County commission candidate Frank Teunissen said he will bring a commitment to personal property rights to county government if elected.

    The Lakewood resident, a Republican, is running in the November election for the District 2 commission seat currently held by Democrat Casey Tighe. Tighe is running for re-election.

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.