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Today's News

  • Conifer grants wish for birthday

    CONIFER — Carrie Oletski wanted one thing more than anything else for her birthday. And on Sept. 19, the Conifer Lady Lobos granted their coach her wish.
    Behind a seven-run offensive outburst in the second inning and three insurance runs in the sixth, host Conifer, on a blustery afternoon, held off a feisty Evergreen squad for an 11-8 victory.

  • Fascination with Clear Creek mining history leads to author's 2nd book

    Wearing a small metal hat, Ben Dugan used to venture into an abandoned mine by candlelight as a young boy growing up in Empire.

    “Everybody who grew up there played in the old mines,” Dugan said. “It was the epitome of fun.”

    Dugan is now an accountant with a 6-year-old son named Sam who sat listening to his father talk about his new book titled “Mines of Clear Creek County.”

  • EHS qualifies three for state; Conifer misses cut

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    It was mission accomplished and déjà vu for Evergreen at the Sept. 16 4A Metro golf regional.
    For the second straight year the Cougars failed to land one of the two automatic four-player team berths for the state tournament but managed to qualify three individuals, making them eligible for the team race at the 4A state tournament.

  • Cougars pull off another late win in Mountain Bowl

    Rob Molholm was exasperated. And, yet, the Evergreen High football coach was just walking the sidelines. But the Mountain Bowl has a way of doing that to one, especially after the latest chapter.
    The Evergreen-Conifer rivalry may be one-sided in the final results the past four years, but each time, the game has been riveting. That was again the case Sept. 20 at Evergreen High School. The host Cougars, who trailed for the entire first half, rallied in the fourth quarter with a Joe Danni 20-yard TD run with 5 minutes, 57 seconds remaining for a 23-22 victory.

  • Health focus in Open Space master plan criticized by advisory committee members

    The relationship between open space and public health gets an inordinate amount of attention in a second draft of the master plan for Jeffco Parks and Open Space, according to some members of the advisory committee.

    “I think there is an inordinate amount of text devoted to community health,” Jan Wilkins said while reviewing the second draft of the plan with other committee members last Thursday night.

    “There are so many aspects of open space,” Wilkins said. “There should be a more comprehensive description of what we do.”

  • Evergreen firefighters come to the aid of flood victims

    As relentless rain created major flooding problems in Evergreen, local firefighters organized and initiated efforts to keep residents and property safe during the weekend of Sept. 13.

    Chris Johnson, Evergreen fire operations chief, set up a command post for the Jefferson County Incident Management Team at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park. Firefighters also were at Stations 1 and 5 that weekend to assist with operations.

    An initial task for firefighters was getting word to residents about evacuations.

  • Narrow-band radio use for EFR to go live this week

    After extended efforts to get the system up and running, Evergreen Fire/Rescue is planning to make the switch from wide- to narrow-band radio this week.

    “We’re doing test drives now,” Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said at the Sept. 17 fire district board meeting. “Everything’s set up and ready to go."

     “In a worst-case scenario, we would have to cut back to UHF," Weege added.

  • Neighbors help neighbors dig out of flooded areas along Upper Bear Creek

    Neighbors were helping Upper Bear Creek resident Mark Footer clean up his yard and garage on Saturday afternoon while two backhoe operators shoveled debris from the property.

    “The creek just covered the whole valley,” Footer said, describing the recent heavy rains that caused Bear Creek to rise over its banks.

    Although his yard is soggy and many items in his garage were ruined, only one room of his home suffered damage, Footer said.

    “We really came out well,” he said.

  • Wulf Park ribbon-cutting postponed

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wulf Park renovations, which was scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m., has been indefinitely postponed because of rain-related conditions.
    For further details, visit  www.evergreenrecreation.com.

  • Generosity flows in wake of flooding

    Sometimes good can come out of tragedy.

    When Cactus Jack’s Saloon bore the brunt of the flood caused by the overflowing Bear Creek on Friday, owner Gary Mitchell Jr. knew he wouldn’t be reopening soon.

    So rather than waste the 1,500 pounds of food in the saloon, he donated it to Evergreen Christian Outreach.