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Today's News

  • In remembrance of Peter Howell

    Along the north boundary of Mountain Park Homes, a lone chimney still stands below the granite cliffs. It is a fireplace that, for many, marks some of the mystery that was born to a subdivision whose small lots were designed for tents and one-room cabins.

  • Big feat: Tour of Patagonia featured wildlife, stunning vistas, volcanoes

    Editor’s note: Local paleoclimatologist Peter Link filed this report on a recent trip to Patagonia. His photographs accompany the article.

    By Peter Link

    For the Courier

  • Marshdale science fair winners

    Marshdale Elementary School held its annual PTA-sponsored Science Fair on Feb. 3. Thanks to all of the students, volunteer judges, teachers and staff that made it so successful. More than 125 young scientists experimented and created wonderful projects at the fair.

  • Forest Service enacts fire ban

    In response to the dry conditions that led to a major wildfire northwest of  Masonville, the U.S. Forest Service has imposed fire restrictions in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer and Park counties.

    As of Tuesday, April 5, the following activities are forbidden:

    • Building, maintaining or using a campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove except at a developed recreation site.

  • The Candid Curmudgeon

    This column merely offers a gentle reminder to the EPRD board, new executive director Scott Robson, and especially GreenPlay LLC, the consulting firm that is preparing a new master plan for the district.

  • Benefit exchange a healthy idea

    Editor’s note: This column was written before Rep. Stephens suggested an amendment to SB200 that Colorado’s health exchange law not take effect unless Colorado requests a waiver from the federal health care act. The suggested amendment is opposed by both Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Boyd and makes passage of the bill unlikely.

    It’s good that virtue is its own reward, as that may be all Betty Boyd and Amy Stephens get from sponsoring legislation to establish health benefit exchanges in Colorado.

  • New book details bird migration information

    The next two months are the most exciting time of the year to all birders. They are the months of spring migration, when thousands of birds move from South and Central America to their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada.
    It is not quite clear why birds make this journey of thousands of miles twice a year, but they do. Many of them migrate at night. Unseen, they pass overhead with no one the wiser except for hearing their call notes. Call notes are short chirps that birds use to keep their flocks together in flight.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Pain at the pump

  • Fifth-place finish sweet for Poms at nationals

    Surreal, like a dream and a cherry on the top of the cake were terms used by the captains of the Evergreen Poms as they recalled taking fifth place nationally earlier this year in a dance team competition.

    The team of 17 girls performed in the Universal Dance Association competition in Florida in a field of 80 teams from public, private and performance high schools. The team performed a traditional hip-hop routine with a lot of tricks.

    The competition among the teams was tough.

  • 'We lost everything’

    Some people used the words “relocation center” to describe Camp Amache in southeast Colorado, but Kittredge resident Robert Fuchigami calls it what it was to him: a concentration camp.

    Today, his memories of the World War II internment center no longer hold Fuchigami captive; he’s made peace with what happened during the war, when thousands of Japanese-Americans were imprisoned by hatred and suspicion. Today, he’s fascinated with the camp’s history, not bound by his memories of the three years his family spent there.