Today's News

  • Force back on top at Bandimere

    MORRISON — It’s been a while, but John Force is back on top at the mountain.

    The 62-year-old legendary NHRA Funny Car driver scored the last of his five previous wins at Bandimere Speedway in 2003. But in the finals on July 24 against Matt Hagan at the 32nd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals Force didn’t have to do anything special. 

    He just needed Hagan to make one mistake for Force to get his first win of the season.

    Hagan red-lighted at the start giving Force his sixth win at Bandimere and 133rd overall. 

  • NHRA notebook: Berry shifting his momentum around

    MORRISON — The last time Littleton resident Mike Berry ran with the NHRA at Bandimere Speedway — last year’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals — it wasn’t his Pro Stock Motorcycle he was riding. It was fellow competitor Matt Smith’s bike, but with Berry’s motor.

    The 2009 Buell XB9R didn’t work out too well for the 45-year-old. On his first run he couldn’t disengage the clutch and ended up burning out. But, oh, how things have changed.

  • Beloved dog found alive after nearly two weeks lost

    After 12 days lost in the sparsely populated far west Evergreen area without food or water, a 12-year-old thunder-phobic female cattle dog who ran off in a storm has been reunited with her owner, thanks to an ad in the Canyon Courier.

    Rio went from 44 to 29 pounds, suffered a 2-inch-deep puncture wound in her leg and sustained a 2-inch-long cut in her side during her adventure trek.

    The blue heeler jumped through a screened window in a house on South Pine Road in the Evergreen Lake area, dropped 10 feet and disappeared July 8.

  • Remodeled library at Life Care Center a tribute to special caregiver


    Friends and family of Sherry Pilcher gathered to dedicate a new residents' library and lounge in her honor on Friday, July 15, at the Life Care Center of Evergreen.

    About 75 people crowded into the dining room to listen to tributes to Pilcher's work at the center, where she was a certified nursing assistant from 1998 to 2001. She loved to read, said Kathy Price, admissions and marketing director, in a statement.

  • Open house to explore link from lake to downtown

     The park district will hold an informal open house on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake House to explore the creation of a bike and pedestrian walkway along the creek bank from the Evergreen Lake Trail to downtown, a distance of about 200 feet.

    The meeting is being hosted by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • Foothills Fire Rescue completes ratings test

     Foothills Fire Rescue completed a two-day inspection and testing process in late June that will help determine how much residents of the Foothills Fire District will be paying for their insurance premiums.

    The last time an evaluation was done was more than 10 years ago. Since then the department has acquired two more water tankers, two more fire trucks and three full-time paid personnel, all of which should translate into a better rating and possibly lower homeowners' insurance costs.

  • Mixing it up for the arts

    The Bergen Village Shopping Center Merchants joined forces with the Center for the Arts Evergreen and the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the arts with a gallery opening and artist walk on July 21 in the Bergen Village Shopping Center.

    About 250 people attended the event, which was held along with the Evergreen chamber's July mixer and Evergreen Arts Alive!, a collection of visual, music and performing arts events from July 15-31.

  • Conifer library on list of possible closures

    The Jeffco library board is considering closing the system’s three smallest library branches next year, including the Conifer Library.
    Library staff on Thursday listed closure of the Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge libraries as cost-saving options; shutting down all three could save the system up to $695,000 annually.
    The closures could be necessary to meet a sharply reduced budget in 2012, library staff and board members said.

  • Library considers Internet filters after porn incident

    After a teen was recently caught viewing porn on a Columbine Library computer and allegedly masturbating in plain sight, the Jeffco library trustees are considering whether to filter Internet access for all library patrons.
    Library trustees clashed Thursday on the issue of Internet censorship.

  • Reconciliation key to big solutions

    In a recent radio interview, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger made an interesting point about how polarized our politics have become. I’m paraphrasing here, but Kissinger’s idea is essentially that positive changes in society are achieved only through moments of reconciliation, not conflict. It seems clear he views the partisan environment as a major obstacle to the continued success of America.
    So how can we get to a point of reconciliation? And are we so polarized that reconciliation is no longer possible?