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Today's News

  • Column: Decker jacked up for camp, ’13 season

    LITTLETON — Eric Decker is excited. That may not necessarily be the norm for an NFL player with training camp a little more than a week away, but the 26-year-old Denver Broncos wide receiver has plenty of reasons to be excited.
    He married country music singer Jessie James last month, he’s got a reality TV show set to debut later this summer on the E! network, and his team is pegged to be a Super Bowl contender by everyone. What’s there not to be excited about?

  • Celebration 5k exceeds expectations in debut

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    CONIFER — You knew it was going to be a good day for the Elevation Celebration 5k run and walk in Conifer on July 13. The sun appeared right before the runners approached the starting line. Then came the big boom, and the runners were off.
    That skin-crawling sound came from a 15-pound starting cannon rocketed south toward the Conifer sky by trails member Brooke Kerns.

  • Triple Bypass presents challenge like no other

    It’s 6:45 a.m., and Mike Hon, along with fellow Minnesotans Julie McDaniel and Shane Trapp, are about to embark on their first Triple Bypass bike ride. Their helmets are strapped on, the bike is ready to go and all the essentials — drinks, granola bars and so forth — are stowed.

  • Unincorporated Jeffco now under stage 1 fire restrictions

    Due to recent rainfall, the stage 2 fire ban in unincorporated areas of Jefferson County was lifted last Friday, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Unincorporated areas are still under stage 1 fire restrictions, which allow recreational fires within a permanent fire grate in a park, campground, residence or picnic area.

    Fireworks that leave the ground and/or explode are prohibited, and smoking must be done in areas cleared of combustible material.

  • Elmgreen gets maximum sentence for murdering father

    Evergreen resident Kenneth James Elmgreen, 54, has received the maximum sentence of 48 years in prison for killing his elderly and disabled father in July 2012.

    During Elmgreen's sentencing hearing for second-degree murder on Friday, District Judge Christopher Munch also gave the defendant a concurrent six-year sentence for a related charge of attempted arson.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Menchie’s no stranger to community support

    If you participated in Evergreen’s Freedom Run on July 4th, chances are you received a goody bag at the end of the race, including a coupon for Menchie’s in Bergen Village.
    In addition, on that day, Menchie’s donated 15 percent of its sales to Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice.

  • ‘Hairspray’ takes on tough issues with comedic style

    Evergreen’s musical theater community has certainly had success with the 1960s. Last year the Evergreen Players presented “Hair” as the summer musical to kick off Arts Alive week. This year, we do the Twist and the Mashed Potato even further back in time in the early 1960s in the Players’ production of “Hairspray.”

  • A long ride for a worthy cause

    The desire to meet and help others has brought two Wisconsin men to Colorado — on their bicycles.

    Dennis Knight, 62, and Dan Haas, 56, are passionate about seeing the country, riding from town to town and meeting people. They are on a 70-day ride that will end in Pueblo.

    They’re also passionate about making people more aware of human trafficking, both forced laborers and the human sex trade in Colorado and worldwide.

  • Once again, Abe Lincoln nails it

    Oh, to be transported back to a more innocent time, just a few weeks ago, when the greatest problem with the exercise of federal power seemed (merely) to be the Internal Revenue Service’s selective targeting of a handful of political organizations. Compared to what we’ve learned since, the IRS scandal seems a passing trifle.

  • Black-headed grosbeaks are common bird in the foothills

    Many people’s first reaction on seeing an orange-and-black bird is that it must be an oriole; this, however, is not the case. We have another orange-and-black bird in the foothills that is not an oriole. It’s short thick finch bill and dull burnt orange color will immediately rule out an oriole.