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Today's News

  • Lightning kills elk cows, young

     An apparent lightning strike has killed two elk cows and three calves near Berrien Mountain in Conifer.

    Officer Dawson Swanson of the Colorado Division of Wildlife investigated reports of elk carcasses on the Armadillo Trail and determined that lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled to the elk, DOW spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said. 

    Evergreen resident Kyle Walpole said that when he first spotted the dead elk last weekend, he thought someone had shot them with a rifle.

  • Ducky derby a boon for downtown business association, area organizations

     The 7,000 yellow rubber duckies that floated down Bear Creek on Aug. 4 reaped benefits for area organizations and the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    While the net amount generated by the Dam Ducky Derby is still being finalized, Joyce Masyga, event chair, said she is pleased with this year’s results.

    The annual fund-raiser generates revenue for other EDBA events, including the Halloween Walk, the Holiday Walk, Breakfast with Santa and the trolley service in downtown Evergreen, said Masyga.

  • Preparing for emergency evacuations

     A resident who quickly left his blazing home on Bear Mountain recently was standing outdoors barefoot when firefighters arrived, said Doug Saba, fire inspector and community educator with Evergreen Fire/Rescue. 

     

    “Shoes are huge,” Saba said last Thursday while talking about emergency preparedness to a group at the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    Holding a bright red suitcase, Saba described a list of items to pack to prepare for the hasty evacuation that might be needed in the event of a house or wildland fire.

  • Controversy smoldering over proposed fire training facility

    Controversy over the proposed training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park is still smoldering among residents protesting the plan.

    Greg Meyerhoff, chairman of a committee studying the issue, has taken video of recent firefighter training sessions, which he can see from his home in The Trails at Hiwan. The video, which Meyerhoff is distributing by e-mail, also has separately recorded sounds of the training that includes chainsaw use.

  • Evergreen juniors may be class of 4A Jeffco League

    Kyle Peterson may be the face of the foursome. After all, as a sophomore in 2011, he shot a 1-over-par 145 at Windsor's Pelican Lakes Golf Course to tie for seventh at the 4A boys golf state championship.

    He even shot a 2-under 70 on the first day of the two-day competition, including five birdies. So he more than proved his worth.

  • Schools coping with declines in state funding

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property-tax increase.

    Jeffco Public Schools can’t count on state funding to make up its budget shortfalls, which is why it is asking voters in November to approve a tax increase, a district administrator says.

  • Town Race welcomes all in Evergreen

    People rang cowbells and cheered wildly at the Lake House as runners crossed the finish line in the Evergreen Town Race on Sunday.

    The 5- and 10K races were a beacon for Colorado’s elite runners, as well as for those who just enjoy running for fun, to come and sprint to the finish.

  • Evergreen juniors may be class of 4A Jeffco League

    Kyle Peterson may be the face of the foursome. After all, as a sophomore in 2011, he shot a 1-over-par 145 at Windsor's Pelican Lakes Golf Course to tie for seventh at the 4A boys golf state championship.

  • In defense of Ted Cruz and the Tea Party

    Last week, Ted Cruz won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Texas over a better-known, better-funded opponent. If you’ve followed the race, the narrative from the press has essentially been that Cruz is a Tea Party-backed firebrand whose knee-jerk ideology presages a rightward lurch for the GOP.

  • Who is in charge in America?

    By Jim Rohrer
    Every single year since 1969, except for a brief three-year period between 1998 and 2001, our U.S. government has spent more than it has taken in. Every American who can add and subtract understands that this is not a good situation, yet our politicians are increasing spending at even higher rates, while our receipts are declining as a percent of our gross domestic product (the total of what we produce). In 2010 we spent 25 percent of our GDP, while bringing in only 14.9 percent of GDP.