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Today's News

  • Commissioner feathered nest of future employer

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky proposed an increase of $20,000 in the county’s contribution to the Jefferson Economic Council last year while he was a candidate for the private economic development organization’s top job, the Columbine Courier has learned.

  • Cougars can't hold early lead, fall to Green Mountain in OT

    Konnor Propst and Andre Lane scored 17 points each, but it wasn't enough as Green Mountain bounced the Cougars from the championship bracket of the 4A Jeffco League tournament, 50-49, in overtime on Feb. 14.

    Trevor Van Tassel scored 14 points and Ryan Stephan added 13 for the Rams, who rallied from 17 points down at halftime to reach the semifinals.

     

    Evergreen dropped to 10-11 with the defeat.

  • The stars reach back: Planetarium comes to Wilmot to help students corral the cosmos

    Usually students go to the planetarium, but recently the planetarium came to the students.

    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s mobile planetarium visited Wilmot Elementary School on Feb. 3 and 4 so students could learn about constellations and planets in their own gym. The big black planetarium, which looked more like an unusually shaped bouncy house, could seat 30 students. It’s 18 feet high and 30 feet in diameter, and a computer and a projection screen were all it took to turn the black walls into the solar system.

  • Cougars’ defense sends team to league semis

    The layups weren’t falling. Neither were the free throws. It must’ve been a Monday game. But as Evergreen head coach Ali Meyers said, at least her team played defense.

    That was the Lady Cougars’ saving grace in a 38-30 home win over Green Mountain in the quarterfinals of the 4A Jeffco League tournament on Feb. 14. 

    “Thank God we played defense. We played defense really, really well,” Meyers said.

  • Malazdrewicz wins state

    LOVELAND — Lexie Malazdrewicz, although she felt pretty good, was a little tired. But you couldn’t tell that on Feb. 12 at the Mountain View Aquatics Center.

  • Cougars’ little man comes up big

    ELIZABETH — The excited look of a first-time state qualifier is hard to forget. Evergreen’s Jake Kay had that look.

    After a shoulder injury sidelined Kay for the last part of his freshman year, the sophomore was determined to make a run at state and trounced his 103-pound bracket at the 4A Region 1 wrestling tournament on Feb. 11-12 at Elizabeth High School to head to state in style.

  • Evergreen student-athletes sign letters of intent

    National Signing Day was Feb. 2, but inclement weather delayed Evergreen High School from holding its signing ceremony until Feb. 9. But it couldn’t keep four student-athletes from making their future a reality. The following is a list of those four student-athletes and why they chose the school that they did. Stephen Swofford contributed to this report.
    — Michael Hicks, Sports Editor

  • Nature Center director resigns after three years

    Michael Stills has resigned as executive director of the Evergreen Audubon Nature Center after the board of directors downsized the position from three-quarters time to half-time.

    Evergreen Audubon has operated a nature center in the warming hut on Evergreen Lake from April through November for the last three years.

    Stills said he couldn't afford to take a salary cut from $37,000 to $24,000, because he has a family to support. The board is advertising on the website for a new director. Stills resigned at the end of the year to seek another job.

  • Evergreen’s Ytterberg launches bid for vice chair of state GOP

     Don Ytterberg of Evergreen, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party since 2009, announced Monday he is a candidate for the job of vice chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

    In 2008 Ytterberg ran an unsuccessful race for the state Senate District 16 seat against Democrat Dan Gibbs.

    He is a fiscal conservative who believes in entrepreneurship, economic growth and limited government spending.

  • Pickleball barrels into Evergreen

    A former Californian now living in Evergreen wants to introduce area residents to his favorite racket sport: pickleball. The sport is a cross among tennis, badminton and paddleball.

    As with tennis, the game is played on a hard court divided into sides by a net, 2 inches lower than a tennis net. But the court is much smaller, with a baseline only 22 feet from the net, meaning the play doesn't require as much stamina and running as tennis.

    Players use wooden paddles and plastic wiffle balls. The serve is underhanded.