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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Music, hiking, scenic views: Red Rocks Park glows on winter days

    You can hear John Denver singing “Rocky Mountain High” at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    The late musician is featured prominently in a Colorado Music Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a video of his performances at Red Rocks in the 1970s. In a room dedicated to Denver, visitors can gaze at a guitar he once played and see stage outfits he wore and handwritten lyrics he composed.

  • Kinnikinnick provides green during gray of winter

    (Reprinted from Jan. 23, 2013)

    Green is not a color you expect to see this time of year when you look out the window. Ponderosa pines are nearly totally dormant and give an appearance of being black when seen against the snow.

  • The beat generation

    Students at Wilmot Elementary are marching to the beat of different drums — and other percussion instruments, too.

    Each month, professional drummer Dean Oldencott of Evergreen visits music classes to take students on a percussion journey — beginning with tribal drums, and moving on to marimbas and other instruments — and he’s teaching them progressively more complex rhythms.

    He is the school’s artist-in-residence this year, and rather than teach students for one block of time, he’s spread his teaching over the entire year.

  • Evergreen runs out of time in Golden

    GOLDEN — Evergreen couldn’t dish out a big favor to the rest of the teams in the Class 4A Jeffco League on Jan. 20 at Golden High School.

    The Cougars (9-4, 3-2 in league) had the opportunity to reel the conference-leading Demons (10-3, 6-0) back to the pack a little. However, Evergreen’s flurry of five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough as Golden hung on to take a 59-55 victory.

  • Rookie wrestler a diamond for Evergreen

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    WHEAT RIDGE — Until last year, baseball had always been Tommy Murphy’s sport of choice.

    However, thanks to the urging of some of his buddies who are members of Evergreen’s wrestling team, Murphy can call himself a two-sport athlete.

    The junior had never set foot on a wrestling mat prior to the 2015-16 season. He admitted he had no desire for the sport until last year.

  • Cougars drive past Demons

    GOLDEN — If Evergreen had any realistic hope of winning the Class 4A Jeffco League girls basketball title, it simply had to win Jan. 20 at Golden High School.

    The Cougars (12-2, 4-2 in league) stayed within striking distance of conference-leading Valor Christian with a come-from-behind 47-39 victory on the road against the Demons. Golden jumped out to a 12-2 lead, but the Cougars limited the Demons to a single point in the second quarter to take a lead before halftime that Evergreen never relinquished.

  • Conifer woman killed by police in California after high-speed chase

    The Golden man accused of driving a car that tried to hit police officers has been charged with the murder of a Conifer woman who was fatally shot by one of the California officers involved in the high-speed chase.

    Suspected driver Geoffrey Sims, 34, was arraigned in a San Diego County court last Thursday after the chase that led police officers through El Cajon, Calif., and left 25-year-old Kelsey Rose Hauser dead.

  • Constitutional conundrum may await voters

    It may well be up to us.

    The odd constitutional provisions that will have the state of Colorado issuing refunds to taxpayers at the same time as cuts have to be made to a variety of government programs in 2016 have long been a source of consternation. Over the last year, a variety of things have been discussed.

  • LOCAL BRIEFS: Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser; Inter-Canyon Fire seeks volunteers

    Applications being accepted to replace Rep. Keyser

    A Republican committee is accepting applications from people interested in applying to fill the vacancy that will be left by state Rep. Jon Keyser when he steps down to run for U.S. Senate.

    Keyser represents House District 25, which includes Conifer and Evergreen, and is resigning at the end of January.