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Today's News

  • Former county commissioner Congrove dies

    Former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove, a sometimes-controversial Republican who served a single term in the county, died Jan. 10 due to heart failure.

    Congrove, a former police officer who served terms in the state House and Senate prior to election as a commissioner in 2004, opted not to run for re-election in 2008. During his time as a commissioner, Congrove was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners and chairman of the law enforcement authority board.

  • Laughs arrive at StageDoor in ‘Gone With the Wind’ spoof

    In the 21st century, we have paparazzi, tabloids and Twitter to fill us in on the every move of Hollywood actors and directors. In the 1930s, however, the secrets of Hollywood were often just that — secrets. That is, until Ron Hutchinson took it upon himself to dramatize the events that led to the creation of the screenplay for “Gone With the Wind.” The movie won eight Oscars in 1939, but months earlier it took three men five days to rewrite the script in a format that was worthy of these awards.

  • Karnath gets sneak peek at state’s best

    Josh Karnath, if nothing else, got an up-close view of some of the state’s best 220-pound wrestlers at the Evergreen Invitational.
    The Cougars senior, himself ranked in the Top 10 by On the Mat rankings, was one of nine ranked grapplers in a field of 13 at this year’s tournament on Jan. 14 at Evergreen High School. And it certainly provided him with a look at who to look for come time for regionals on Feb. 10-11 at Eagle Valley High School and, hopefully, at the 4A state tournament a week later at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

  • O’Brien, defense pave way

    LAKEWOOD — Maura O’Brien had her running shoes on, for sure. The Lady Cougars reserve was consistently jumping off the bench to the scorer’s table to get in the game for her defensive presence and then back off.
    It was a routine thing, especially late in Evergreen’s game at Green Mountain on Jan. 13.
    “It definitely keeps me on my toes,” O’Brien said. “It’s so much fun. I love the adrenaline.”

  • Greater roadrunner a great find for birders

    An unusual visitor has for months been leaving diminutive footprints next to the massive famed Iguanodon track fossils on Dinosaur Ridge.

    A greater roadrunner, whom museum staff has named Rascal, was first spotted in early fall, at least 130 miles from the terrestrial bird’s nearest known habitat. The sighting, which has since spurred numerous confirmations by enthusiastic local birdwatchers, prompted Colorado groups to issue rare-bird alerts.

  • Park district wins $150,000 to spruce up Wulf Park

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was awarded a $150,000 grant from by the Jefferson County Open Space Division to renovate and replace the playground at the Wulf Recreation Center.

    The money goes to supplement a proposed $400,000 improvement project, encompassing basketball, skateboarding and tennis at Wulf Park.

    The grants still have to be approved by the county commissioners.

  • Family fun center may replace Bergen 7 Theaters

    A group of local investors has purchased the former AMC movie theater complex at 1204 Bergen Parkway and plans to expand and remodel it into a family fun center, including bowling alleys, an arcade, billiards and a sports bar.

    A new funplex could give an economic boost to the businesses in the nearby Bergen Village Shopping Center, which now has the large empty movie theater building at its gateway.

  • Heated debate over Bear Creek water temperature

     Bear Creek, the waterway that feeds the Evergreen area from Mount Evans to Kittredge and beyond, is back on the list of the state’s impaired streams after water-quality authorities examined data showing the temperature levels were above the limit on two occasions in 2010.

    In one case, the increase exceeded the standard by 0.01 degree Celsius, and in the other case it was 0.41 degree Celsius, both of which are less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Both cases were based on a weekly average, one ending July 27 and one ending Aug. 2 in 2010.

  • County seeks citizen input on elections

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder is seeking public comment about whether the 2012 primary election should be held as an all-mail election. The public comment period ends Jan. 30. There will be a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 31.

    The 2010 primary was the first primary conducted by mail ballot in Jefferson County. It resulted in a record-breaking turnout and cost half a million dollars less than the previous polling place election in 2008.

    In 2008, 94 percent of the voters chose to vote by mail.

  • Maestros of the ropes

    Men and women who enjoy dangling on ropes from extremely high and dangerous places like wind turbines came to Evergreen on Saturday for the fifth annual Rope Access Olympics.

     

    Staged in the Alpine Rescue Team headquarters building and the Foothills Fire/Rescue vehicle barn, the event featured some 28 competitors who vied to solve various complicated rope problems.

    The first involved transferring a 220-pound, crash-test dummy to safety while suspended in midair from a spider web of ropes, carabiners and various implements.