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Today's News

  • Drop in water use creates more available taps in Evergreen Metro District

    The number of available taps is increasing in the Evergreen Metropolitan District because customers in its service area are using less water, said Dave Lighthart, EMD general manager.

    “We haven’t increased our water supply,” Lighhart said. “Our supply is determined by water rights. We have a maximum amount of water.”

  • 2 Evergreen residents among winners of Ice Melt Barrel Contest

    Evergreen resident Jean Wells is the first-place winner of the annual Ice Melt Barrel Contest sponsored by Mountain Foothills Rotary. Wells won $1,000 for most closely predicting the time and date that the Ice Melt Barrel dropped into Evergreen Lake. Her estimate of 1:05:10 p.m. March 21 was within a few minutes of the actual time of 12:50:23 p.m. determined by members of the club. 

    Other winners also came close to guessing the exact time the barrel descended into the lake on March 21.

  • What’s good and bad about downtown Evergreen?

    Downtown Evergreen has a blend of established businesses and new ones putting down roots, and their customers sometimes struggle to find a parking place and walk precariously along Main Street where the sidewalks end. 

    During a March 24 meeting on potential updates to a community plan for Evergreen, Jeffco planner Russell Clark asked attendees to identify “the good and the bad” in the downtown area. 

    Later, a reporter asked downtown business owners for their own answers to that question.

  • Cougars show their will to win on Arizona spring break trip

    Evergreen High School baseball coach Steve Jones preaches the name on the front of the jersey — Cougars — more so than the one on the back. 

    In his words, there are no individual stars, and it’s definitely not about any single player. His Cougars showed that and more in a three-game spring break trip to Phoenix, winning two of three games to return to Colorado with a 4-1 record.

  • Coming into its own

    Lacrosse is a fast-paced game. It’s also viewed as a blend of many sports. 

    It’s soccer, but a little faster. It’s hockey, primarily more so on the boys side than the girls because of its can-be physical nature. It’s basketball. It’s all rolled into one.

    And it’s coming into its own, especially the girls game.

  • Woodpeckers make appearance at area feeders

    Today brought both a hairy and downy woodpecker to the feeder outside my window. Although it is not a suet feeder, the black-oil sunflower seeds that were in the mixed seeds at the feeder seemed to meet their needs. The hairy and downy woodpeckers are often confused because they are similarly patterned, black-and-white woodpeckers, but they are very different in size.

    Both birds are found widely spread across America, very much alike except in the Pacific Northwest, where the white on the birds are not a clean pure white but is instead more grayish-brownish white.

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Betty Casserole offers hot dishes delivered to your door

    Are you in the mood for a casserole for dinner, one you don’t have to fix yourself?

    Then you may want to consider Betty Casserole. 

    It’s a new service based in Kittredge that delivers a casserole to your door — either hot and ready for the dinner table or cold but ready to be warmed up later.

    While the concept and even the name sound like something out of a “Leave It to Beaver” television script, this business is more than that.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Cougars score a pair of road wins to open the 2015 season
    PARKER — Evergreen High has opened the Steve Jones era on a good note, winning its first two games of the 2015 season. The Cougars pounded out a 17-8 road win at Ponderosa on March 19.

    Evergreen opened the season with a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Erie three days earlier.

    Dylan Schmoker had two of the Cougars’ five hits in the win over Erie. Alec Moens, who had one of the other three hits, picked up the win.

  • EHS handles uniqueness of Jeffco Relays

    LAKEWOOD — Camille Morales called the 4x1,600-meter run a “good mental workout.” It is that indeed. It’s also a grind.

    The unique run — four consecutive runners tackling the track at Jeffco Stadium four times around — is not one of the more common events on the track and field slate. As a matter of fact, March 18 will probably be the only time this season that Morales, Caitlin Schmitt, Sydney Grob and Carolyn Graven will run it. But they ran it faster than anyone else at the 4A Jeffco League Relays.