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Today's News

  • Make boxes to stop birds from nesting in your homes

    Today has been a cold, damp, miserable day. After a week of unusually warm April weather, it was a blow to have a big low pressure area move in that brought together cold arctic air from the north and warm, wet Gulf Coast air from the south right over Colorado.

    This is typical of April in Colorado. If anything can be called typical of our spring weather, it is the pendulum swing, back and forth, from cold to hot without warning.

  • A look at the EPRD candidates

    An important election May 4 will determine the direction the Evergreen Park and Recreation District takes in future years, and may affect property taxes. Property taxes provide 41 percent of the current EPRD operating budget. The other 59 percent comes from user fees, grants, etc. EPRD costs will likely remain stable or increase. Tax revenue is projected to decline for the next two years. We consider key issues to be dealing with finances, determining the broad needs of the district (not special interests), and Buchanan Park development.

  • Important lessons in government spending

    Two weeks ago, my kids returned home from school with new backpacks. The green bags — which more resembled re-usable grocery totes — touted the U.S. census, proclaiming “Be counted” in several languages, with a backdrop of multi-colored hands. 

  • Cleanup continues on day after fire in Conifer

    On Tuesday, Blackhawk Drive was ablaze with activity; on Wednesday, mop-up operations were slowly continuing after a wildfire that charred 10 to 12 acres in the Conifer Meadows subdivision.

    The blaze ignited late Tuesday morning near Blackhawk Drive, which is off Foxton Road about 3 miles south of U.S. 285.

    Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, said the fire was 100 percent contained and that power had been restored to residents.

  • Incumbents win in West Jeff Metro District board election

    An unofficial count showed Tuesday night that voters in the West Jefferson County Metro District elected three incumbents to additional four-year terms as members of the district board of directors from a slate of four candidates.

    The winners, with vote totals in parentheses, are Robert J. Zavodsky (380), J. Kelly Garrod (307) and Scott W. Smith (301). Guy M. Santo took 158 votes.

  • County hosts primer on Colorado's Open Meetings Law

    Jeffco’s elected officials and volunteers who serve on the county’s 28 boards and commissions were treated to a primer on Colorado’s Open Meetings Law on April 28.

    Media attorney Steven Zansberg presented the program, which the county agreed to host after two commissioners violated the Open Meetings Law last summer when they discussed public business via e-mail.

  • Destination ImagiNation team takes skit to Earth Day Fair

    Helping the environment is an Evergreen priority, and five Bergen Valley Elementary School students have incorporated that priority into a skit to teach others about caring for the planet.

  • Polls are open today in park district election

    Eligible voters can vote in person in the park district board election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

    The polling places are at Wulf Rec Center, 5300 S. Olive Road, and Buchanan Park Rec Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail. Both facilities are disabled accessible.

    The Canyon Courier’s interviews with the candidates are available on this website in the “News Headlines” section.

  • Lobos no match for Evergreen

    CONIFER — The Evergreen Cougars had a beating to dish out April 29.

    The Conifer Lobos knew it was going to take something special to avoid it.

    Having lost their all-conference goalie to an injury in practice, the Lobos were even more ripe for the taking in the annual boys lacrosse rivalry. The Cougars, who played an aggressive game of strong checking, nifty passing and good shot selection, were happy to deliver a 14-1 victory that ceased being close midway through the second quarter.

  • Cougars take No. 1 Farmers the distance

    WHEAT RIDGE — Sometimes, teams call losses “moral victories” because they really don’t have much else to say. These are often the same people that want to give everyone a gold star for trying, then guzzle down milk and cookies while grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

    Other times, such as Evergreen’s 7-2 loss to top-ranked Wheat Ridge, a moral victory is exactly what happened.