Today's News

  • Virginia rail makes its way back to Evergreen Lake

    Last week, Loie Evans phoned to tell me there was a Virginia rail at Evergreen Lake. They have been seen and heard at the lake before, but they are not as regularly seen as the sora.
    Rails are difficult to see for they live among the reeds and grasses in marshes and seldom come out in the open where you can have a good look at them. They are not particularly shy or afraid of people; they just like to stay in their marsh where they find the food they need.

  • Park district candidates forum planned May 3

    A candidates forum for the election for two seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Evergreen Lake House.

    The forum, sponsored by the Canyon Courier, will feature the three candidates for two seats up for election. Incumbent Janet Heck Doyle is seeking a second term. Architect Keith Parker and landscape manager Andrew Adamowski are the other two candidates.

  • Website now available to confirm emergency-notification information

    Great minds think alike.

    Or maybe I should say, Ask and you shall receive.

    Last week, I wrote a story saying the only way to check whether your phone numbers were in the Jeffco emergency-notification system was by calling the FirstCall Network directly and how frustrated I was that I couldn’t do the verification from a website.

    That was true when I tried to verify that my numbers were in the system on April 20.

    That was then; this is now.

  • iPads kind to learning at Wilmot

    Being kind to others has its own intrinsic rewards, but a second-grade class at Wilmot Elementary School got a more tangible bonus for being kind: the opportunity to learn to operate iPads.


    The iPad class before spring break was special for students in Mary Gordon’s class, who had marked more than 500 times when they had shown generosity, integrity, responsibility or respect. Those four traits are part of GIRR, the school’s kindness program.

  • Performances in school play are anything but flat

    Flat Stanley has jumped out of the pages of the book by the same name and is visiting Bergen Valley Elementary School.

    The plot from the book has been turned into a musical called “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.,” and fifth-graders are performing it this week for classmates and parents.

    “I stumbled upon (the musical) in a catalog,” said music teacher Samantha Shall. “It was something new, and I knew it would tie into what they’ve been doing in class.”

  • Pepperoni, onions — and a sympathetic ear

    Want some palaver with your pizza? A side of conversation with your calzone? Care to wash down your baked ziti with a frosty glass of sparkling repartee?


  • Foodie Thoughts: High-altitude baking can be a tall order

  • Facebook Diary: Once a king, always a king …

    Yours truly.
    No, seriously.
    And I don’t mean royalty like that Johnny-come-lately Windsor crew. I’m talking about a divine right stretching back to the dim and darkly days when the dapper Duke of Cambridge’s clan wore mostly dirt and ate boiled peat for breakfast, lunch and tiffin. But hey, I’m not here to run down my noble cousins.

  • Children’s Chorale claims a piece of the action

    A cast of gangsters is in Evergreen. You won’t see the streets filled with Tommy guns and ice picks, though. On the contrary, you will see Center/Stage Theatre filled with singing and dancing gangsters caught up in a nonviolent gang war fought with “splurge blasters” that spew forth Silly String. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale will deliver a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the 1920s gangster flick with its upcoming production of “Bugsy Malone, Jr.”

  • Rec board OKs menorah display at Evergreen Lake during Hanukkah

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board has approved a resolution permitting the display of a menorah and other religious icons during holidays at Evergreen Lake Park.
    Before voting on the resolution along with two policies limiting religious displays at district parks at their April 24 meeting, board members listened to comments from community members and offered differing opinions.