Today's News

  • There’s more to turtles than shell games

    (Reprinted from Oct. 21, 2009)

    A reader of this column recently phoned to ask me if there were any turtles in Evergreen Lake.

    Yes, indeed, I have seen turtles in Evergreen Lake. However, turtles are far more common in the rivers and ponds on the plains, mostly below 5,500 feet.

  • IREA reporting power outage in Conifer

    Extremely high winds have knocked out power for residents in Conifer and Woodland Park.

    According to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, several power outages in those areas were reported early Monday afternoon. In a statement on Facebook, the organization said: “Our crews are working as quickly as possible to restore service.” But it gave no estimated time as to when power would return. 

  • New Mirada exhibit to focus on storytelling

    Artists often refrain from providing context for their works. Instead, they leave their work open to personal interpretation, expecting that each painting, photograph or sculpture will bring a unique meaning to each viewer.

    But in a new exhibit called “Storytelling,” opening Saturday at the Mirada Fine Art Gallery in Indian Hills, art lovers will have an opportunity they do not always have — to learn background about each of the 30 to 40 pieces on display.

  • Cultural tax comes back to mountain area

    Do you even bend down to pick up a penny anymore when you spot one on the street?

    I do, because my father taught me that if I don’t, it means I no longer appreciate the value of money. After all these years, although the buying power of a penny has been devalued to almost nothing, the lesson hasn’t.

    But many of you probably don’t pick up that paltry penny anymore, and I don’t blame you. Although it never bought much, it used to buy something. Now, it’s hard to think of anything you get for a single brass penny.

  • Cemetery tour to return for second year

    Mix one part local history with one part genealogy and a dash of fear, and you’ll get the recipe for a little fun.

    The Conifer Historical Society’s annual historical cemetery tour returns for a second year this weekend, and, according to Suzi Morris, president of the society, the tour comes with a bigger history component this year.


    School district lands thousands for lead testing

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded Jeffco Public Schools $10,528 to test the district’s drinking water for lead over the 2016-17 school year.

  • Kidney patient trying hard not to put his life on hold

    Neal Hurley looks less like a patient and more like a young up-and-comer in his slacks, dress shoes and button-down. The 36-year-old spends his days putting his computer engineering degree to work at Guaranty Bank and Trust in Denver, and makes time for his girlfriend, Angie. Autumn is one of his favorite times of the year — the changing foliage makes for great photographs.

  • Area artists take to the parks

    Artists find inspiration everywhere, even their own backyard.

    Last week, Jeffco Open Space parks hosted more than 25 professional painters from Colorado and other states as part of the first ever In Plein Sight — an outdoor “plein air” event and art sale organized by PLAN Jeffco.

    Organizers said the idea came from one of the participating artists, who had done a plein air painting event in Douglas County parks, and suggested that PLAN Jeffco and Jeffco Open Space could host one as well.

  • Sports briefs

    Evergreen wins league opener to stretch winning streak to three
    THORNTON — Evergreen is back on track.

    The Cougars opened conference play with a 33-7 road win at Skyview on Oct. 7. The win was Evergreen’s third straight after tough back-to-back road losses earlier in the year at Lewis-Palmer and Harrison. 

  • Kuzava, Cuntz capture regional title

    DENVER — Blake Kuzava had his reasons for playing tennis this season. The Evergreen senior not only wanted to see what he could do, but to test himself. Also, he thought that it might help his golf game.