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Today's News

  • Weather puts a damper on summer in foothills

    Conifer and Evergreen have been feeling a bit “under the weather” this summer, but this year that’s been a good thing.

    “The rain has reduced the number of wildfire-related calls,” said Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege. “Dry lightning is what we fear the most, but the moisture content has been high.”

    The mountain area was blasted with rain in July and August. Kari Bowen, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Boulder office, said the early-summer forecast was ideal for rainfall in the mountains.

  • MRC names new executive director

    Lorye McLeod has joined the Mountain Resource Center as its new chief executive officer.

    McLeod replaces Sharon Schrage, who resigned in early August due to health issues. Schrage had served as MRC executive director since 2007.

    McLeod’s first day was Aug. 29.

    “I’m excited to (come) to Colorado and continue to help people,” McLeod said. “My No. 1 passion in life has always been to serve others. That has been my whole career.”

  • Smiling Moose smiling even wider in new location

    The Smiling Moose Deli has moved to a larger location in the log building off Evergreen Parkway in the El Rancho area.

    The sandwich shop has been near Interstate 70 since March 2008, and it had simply outgrown its space, said owner Derek Dodds.

    “It’s in bigger space and gave us a better opportunity,” Dodds said.

    The new restaurant at 908 Nob Hill Road has doubled the number of seats in its dining area, which was a big impetus to move, he said, plus the larger space has allowed the restaurant to add a create-your-own-salad offering.

  • Group seeks to add two county commissioners

    A grassroots organization believes that Jeffco, the fourth most populous county in Colorado, needs more than three commissioners to adequately represent residents in a county with diverse landscapes and issues.
    Former Golden City Council member Karen Oxman is a founder of Jeffco5, which maintains that five commissioners would better represent the county’s half-million residents and more effectively grapple with its urban and rural political issues.

  • Stevenson discusses inBloom, school funding

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson stopped for a cup of coffee and talked about the issues facing Colorado’s largest school district this year.

    More than 50 parents, teachers and district staff filled Conifer High’s library Aug. 28 to get an update on Jeffco Schools. School board candidates Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Gordon “Spud” Van de Water were also in attendance.

    Stevenson and audience members brought up many topics, including funding and the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

  • It’s the right time of year for milkweed to bloom

    Although the greatest number of wildflowers bloom in spring or early summer, there are some that do not grow as quickly, so they don’t bloom until late summer or early fall. One of these is the common milkweed.

  • Roger Ambrosier: six decades of artistic inspiration

    Evergreen is fortunate to have a large artistic community, rich in both experience and media. But of all the mountain area artists, only one can claim six decades of continual artistic work in a range of more than 15 media. For this reason, the Center for the Arts Evergreen is pleased to present “Six Decades of an Artist’s Journey: Roger Ambrosier.”

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS SOCCER
    Air Academy holds off Evergreen with OT victory
    COLORADO SPRINGS
    — Alex Granados scored the game’s only goal in overtime as host Air Academy held off a stern challenge from Evergreen for a 1-0 victory on Aug. 29.
    Matt Pipan made three saves in net for the Kadets.
    Senior goalkeeper Matt Hornbecker had 11 saves for the Cougars, who took six shots. Senior Collin Molleur had two of those shots.

    CROSS COUNTRY
    Evergreen girls take seventh in season-opening run

  • Cougars struggle to stay with CA

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Opening a rebuilding season against perennial Class 4A boys tennis power Colorado Academy, Evergreen co-coach Bob Greenman wasn’t expecting a victory.

  • Wickham’s pitching, early runs carry Cougars

    BOULDER — Ragan Wickham wouldn’t take the credit for her pitching. As the Evergreen senior said, it’s not on her as much as it’s the defense that is backing her up. But, rest assured, the hard-throwing right-hander had just as much to do with the Lady Cougars’ success at the Boulder CreekSide Classic as the defense behind her did.
    Wickham allowed just three runs over 19 innings, including two on five hits in the Aug. 31 finals. Three first-inning runs in the round-robin finals held up in Evergreen’s 3-2 victory over 5A Boulder.