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Today's News

  • 5 park district hopefuls face off at forum

    Five of the eight candidates vying for three elected positions on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board gave the Curmudgeons of Evergreen a lengthy verbal workout March 18 at the Seniors’ Resource Center.

    With a full house of about 25 group members on hand for the event, Barb Scripps, Kit Darrow, Mark Footer, Pat Callahan and Brett Champine had more than 20 minutes each to tout their qualifications, vent their opinions and answer questions.

    At times, the speechmaking and the questioning got a little heated, but overall, civility prevailed.

  • Cougars come up empty in trip to Coors Field

    DENVER — For the past few years, the Evergreen Cougars have been privileged to play at Coors Field against Castle View High School.

    Unfortunately for the Cougars this year, this positive experience had a little bit of negative sprinkled in, as they dropped their second straight game of the young season 5-2 on March 17.

    Once again the Cougar bats remained silent as they came away with only five hits and got only one hit with runners in scoring position.

  • Drawing the line: Parmalee boundary change rankles many

    A decision to send all Parmalee Elementary students on to middle school and high school in Evergreen has prompted Conifer High students to plan a protest at the school board meeting March 25.

    “We were surprised that the board could make such a drastic change,” said Zach Fuller, who is Conifer High’s senior class president, head of the School Relations Committee and a member of student government.

  • Mountain schools closed today

    All mountain schools in Jefferson County, including all Jeffco schools in Evergreen and Conifer, will be closed Friday because of the snowstorm.

    Check the district website for updates and details.

  • Commissioners apparently violate open-meetings law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have violated the Colorado open-meetings law once again by holding at least one closed-door meeting with a lawyer who does not represent the county.

    Columbine Courier attorney and media-law expert Chris Beall sent a letter concerning the alleged violation March 11 to the commissioners and to County Attorney Ellen Wakeman. The board was scheduled to hold on Monday another closed-door meeting specifically to discuss the legal implications of the alleged violation.

  • Business Spotlight: Consignment furniture store fills niche in local design scene

    New or used? It’s hard to tell when you first walk into an unusual new furniture shop off Bergen Parkway.

    It’s New To Me opened in October in the space formerly occupied by Blue Spruce Market at 1552 Bergen Parkway, next to the Wood Cellar.

    “We only accept things that are in great condition and only quality furniture,” said co-owner Mary Boland, an artist-turned-entrepreneur.

  • Put out boxes so birds can build nests

    Spring is here, even if March, as usual, is producing snowstorms. However, the snow has delayed the arrival of the first bluebird.

    Or perhaps they have arrived and my network of reporters hasn’t informed me about it. If no one has seen a bluebird yet, it is most unusual. They often arrive in late February and usually are here in good numbers by the first week of March. These early birds are followed by the laggards, and by the end of March the main migration is finished and our nesting birds are here.

  • Legislature focusing on finances

    This week marks the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2010 session. The state’s fiscal woes have dominated the session to this point. The legislature has adopted a package of bills that raised revenues by eliminating a variety of tax exemptions as well as approving a 32-bill package that reduced spending by state agencies for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

  • Cougars rally, then get rallied on

    The Evergreen Cougars’ fortunes shifted like a career politician March 12.

    Facing an experienced and salty Boulder Panthers squad, the Cougars started out like cones that the visitors danced around before scoring. In the second quarter, the Cougars came out like wild dogs, hitting and grinding and scoring fluid goals seemingly at will.

    But the back-and-forth eventually ended with the visitors getting more votes as the Cougars suffered a 7-6 defeat on their home field.

  • Perfect start slips away in error-filled seventh

    ARVADA — Tom Aramovich threw a complete game, gave up no unearned runs, struck out eight and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning March 13.

    And yet the Cougars walked away unhappy after they were dropped 4-1 by Faith Christian at Ralph Nance Field, where Evergreen was the home team after the nonleague game was moved from Lakewood’s All-Star Park.