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Today's News

  • Key 9-0 run leads Evergreen to sweep of Lobos

    CONIFER — The blueprint for an Evergreen boys victory this season has been to put teams away in the third quarter and enjoy the cushion in the fourth.

    The blueprint for an Evergreen loss this season as been to appear to have put teams away in the third, only to go cold and lose in the fourth.

    The Cougars defeated rival Conifer 60-54 on Feb. 10 with a new twist - lose a lead late, then explode offensively, step up defensively and hit timely free throws.

  • Cougars hang tough, but Lobos prevail again

    CONIFER — Variety is the spice of life. It goes pretty good with basketball, too.

    Faced with a dogged, revenge-bent rival Feb. 10, the Conifer Lobos concentrated on teamwork and getting everyone involved in a 52-50 victory over Evergreen.

    “I think a big part of it was we had a great crowd behind us,” Conifer guard Cara Walderman said. “We played as a team the entire time. We knew that we needed to pick up our defense ... that’s what we talked about at halftime.”

  • Lexie grabs gold, leads Cougars to ninth at state swim meet

    The Evergreen girls swim team ended the season by making quite a splash this past weekend. Competing in the Class 4A state swimming and diving championships at Mountain View Aquatics Center in Loveland, the Cougars notched an impressive ninth-place finish.

    Making the performance even more impressive was the championship won by freshman Lexie Malazdrewicz, which included five school records broken by her and her teammates.

  • Fate of community/arts center remains uncertain

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District board voted 4-1 to continue to work with Center for the Arts Evergreen to come up with a long-range plan to address the needs of the park district, the Center for the Arts and the community at large.

    It was not determined whether the result of the collaboration would be a new combined community center/arts building, although the building concept was not ruled out.

  • Ice is a hot ticket: Evergreen Lake logged 75 skating days in 2009, compared to the average of 35 to 45

    The best skating season in at least four years, along with a new weight room at Wulf Rec Center, gave Evergreen Park and Recreation District revenue an unexpected boost in 2009.

    The year started on a pessimistic note, with news of the banking crisis and mounting layoffs, but the late-October cold front that plunged temperatures to 17 below turned Evergreen Lake into a hot ticket.

    The result was 48,000 skater-days for 2009, an increase of 71 percent, compared to 28,000 in 2008 and only 16,500 in 2006.

  • School seeks to build out lower level for multipurpose rooms

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, a public charter school, unveiled a proposal Feb. 11 to remodel the lower level of one of its three buildings to make room for a cafeteria/gym and special classrooms.

    Since 2008, the school has been housed in three buildings south of Elk Meadow Open Space and west of Evergreen Parkway, off Bergen Peak Drive.

    The 8,000-square-foot space would consist of a music room, a technology resource center, a Spanish language classroom, an art room, teachers’ lounge and a cafeteria that can double as a gymnasium.

  • Lesson Plans: EMS students set to launch musical

    More than 50 Evergreen Middle School students have been practicing nightly in anticipation of their performance of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

    The show, which is the full-length version of the musical, will run more than two hours, according to Missy Calkin, instrumental music teacher and one of the show’s directors. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 in the school’s cafetorium. Tickets are $5.

  • Lifelong learning proves the crucial lesson

    Jefferson County Schools is the largest Colorado district not to recently win voter approval for a mill-levy increase. The weight of cutting $32 million now falls on our county’s educational system. Coupled with the recent change in the school board, one wonders about the direction in which education is headed.

  • Hardy dandelions are among spring’s first blooms

    February has arrived, with more snow. If I can be patient for one short month, it will be March and hopefully more spring-like.

    People often ask what the first flower to bloom in the spring is. I have always answered with the three earliest blooming native wildflowers around our immediate area. They are the Easter daisy, which often blooms in late February and which is soon followed by mountain candytuft and spring beauty.

  • Community newspapers not extinct

    Few industries have gone from boom to bust as quickly as newspapers.

    In 1989, I was working for the Rocky Mountain News, and times were good. Really good. Our circulation was soaring, and ad sales were humming along.

    Fast-forward 20 years, and many things have changed. The Rocky has disappeared, and several other major dailies have followed that same path to extinction. Craigslist has drained away classified advertising. The current economic downturn is taking its toll. And of course readers are turning to the Internet for their news and away from print publications.