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Today's News

  • A rod, a cast and the thrill of fishing

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    If one never knows why an older brother and father would sneak out of the house early on a Saturday morning to go fishing now they can find out. All it takes is spending three hours with instructor Gary Okizaki.
    Every Saturday, for two hours, from 10 a.m. until noon, the Blue Quill Angler fishing shop offers fishermen the opportunity to learn about the sport of fly fishing. Okizaki meticulously describes how to rig a fishing rod, cast, apply necessary knots and effective flies to fish dry flies, nymphs and streamers.

  • Longtime PTA member running for school board

    Longtime Jeffco PTA member and parent Tonya Aultman-Bettridge has announced that she will run for the Jeffco school board in November.

    Aultman-Bettridge will vie with Julie Williams for the seat in District 1, which covers the northern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Robin Johnson has announced she will not run for re-election.

    School board members run in geographic districts in nonpartisan elections, but voters throughout the county cast ballots in all the races. This year’s election is Nov. 5.

  • Music, mirth were in the air

    By Devan Filchak

    For the Courier

    The arts came alive in Evergreen on Saturday evening as the sounds of music — and silence — filled the air on the first night of the annual Summerfest music and arts event at Buchanan Park.

  • Grimes shaped and supported Evergreen community

    During the more than 60 years he lived in Evergreen, Ross Grimes played an active role in the community, helping it evolve in a positive direction.

     

    Grimes died on July 17 at the age of 86, leaving a legacy of his efforts and memories with those who knew him. 

  • Respectful Recreation campaign begins with fishing-line containers at Evergreen Lake

    Fishing season can be a hazardous time for waterfowl at Evergreen Lake. 

    Mallards, cormorants and other birds have become entangled in discarded fishing line and hooks, causing them injury or death, said Vanessa Hayes, director of the Evergreen Nature Center.

    Hayes has instituted a plan to help keep waterfowl and birds safe by having six containers installed around the lake where anglers can discard their lines and hooks, instead of leaving them in places that might harm birds.

  • Jazzing it up

    A jazz pianist from Connecticut will be among talented performers getting the 12th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival into full swing this weekend.

    Jeff Barnhart will play piano accompanied by his wife, Anne, a flutist, as the Ivory and Gold duo during the three-day event, which runs Friday through Sunday at various venues in Evergreen. 

    Jim Reiners, one of the founders of the Jazz Festival, said he was excited about Barnhart’s appearance and also about a new venue at this year’s event, the Stagecoach Sports Grill.

  • Jazzing it up

    A jazz pianist from Connecticut will be among talented performers getting the 12th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival into full swing this weekend.

    Jeff Barnhart will play piano accompanied by his wife, Anne, a flutist, as the Ivory and Gold duo during the three-day event, which runs Friday through Sunday at various venues in Evergreen. 

    Jim Reiners, one of the founders of the Jazz Festival, said he was excited about Barnhart’s appearance and also about a new venue at this year’s event, the Stagecoach Sports Grill.

  • Dogs have their day for a good cause at outdoor spa

    Standing in a kiddie pool filled with fresh water, Megan the golden retriever got a special shampooing and massage from Kim Stutsman of Tall Grass Spa.

    Megan stood patiently while being washed, rinsed and towel-dried at the third annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails event at Evergreen National Bank on Sunday. The spa organized the event as a benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    “We’ve washed about 80 dogs, and we’re not done yet,” Michele Alton of Tall Grass Spa said while holding a towel for the next canine client.

  • Learn how to thwart cyber crime

    If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 40 years of fighting crime, it’s that you need to be smarter than the crooks. Lately they’ve found a new place to prowl — online.

  • Large turkey vultures may hide in plain sight

    It is difficult to believe that you can live in a community where a big bird with a 5 ½- to 6-foot wingspan is considered to be relatively abundant in summer without ever seeing one. Yet, that is exactly what happened recently to a friend who told me he had seen one perched on a fence post near his home. He had never seen one before but knew what it was immediately.