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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Rooting for an American city as it rises again

    In 1999, the New Orleans Saints traded all of their draft picks — and their first- and third-round draft picks the next year — to the Washington Redskins for the first pick in the NFL draft. With it, they selected University of Texas running back Ricky Williams. The Saints went 3-13 that year, and within three years Williams would be playing for the Miami Dolphins.

  • Harmony is achieved among young artists

    Barbara Wright is a mild-mannered, gentle spirit whose interests run from quantum physics to international business. Her true passions, however, are the horses that she tends to at Harmony Horseworks, her Conifer-based horse sanctuary, and art — specifically, her acrylic and oil paintings, which frequently have her beloved horses as the subject.

  • Lobos reclaim the Power Cup

    Fate snuck up on Conifer freshman Sam Delmonico like a polar bear in a blizzard.

    As the annual Power Cup wrestling dual against rival Evergreen began Feb. 4 at the 135-pound weight class, Delmonico knew he would be wrestling last. But the 130-pounder never thought and never allowed himself to entertain the notion that the decisive match would come down to the wire.

    Delmonico pinned Evergreen’s Brandon Maxey in 1 minute, 38 seconds to break a deadlocked team race and give the Lobos a 40-34 victory, winning back the traveling Power Cup for the first time since 2008.

  • Student-athletes sign up for next level

    College is a big step for any student. Even more so for the student-athlete.

    Caleb Downey’s commitment, however, goes many steps further.

    The Evergreen senior was one of five Cougars to sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 3. The soccer standout has been nominated and will attend the Air Force Academy this fall.

    “It’s a commitment,” he said of the five to 10 years he will spend with the Air Force, depending on whether he goes into intelligence for tries to become a pilot.

  • Thunderhawks rain down 3’s, stun Cougars

    It might take an architect, motivational speaker and psychologist to figure out the little things that have conspired against the Evergreen Cougars this season.

    The Cougars can build great leads on the court, but sometimes the blocks get pulled out one by one, they stop building and things start wobbling like Jenga on the coffee table.

    While their calmness is often an asset, call it a certain level-headedness amongst the sea of basketball emotions, the fire seems to dwindle and no one has the words to spark the fire.

  • Girls swimming: Cougars third in Jeffco meet

    The Evergreen swim and dive team placed third out of nine teams in the Class 4A Jeffco league meet.

    Carrie Latimer and Lexie Malazdrewicz split Evergreen’s four first-place finishes. Latimer won the 50 yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Malazdrewicz was tops in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

    Evergreen scored 340 points, behind Golden and D’Evelyn.

  • Evergreen resident hooked on history of state of Virginia

    An Evergreen resident has put 20 years of compulsive research in American history into an exhaustive work of historical fiction about Washington, D.C., the Capitol and the state of Virginia before the Civil War.

    Author Gloria Parnham Bradfield already has at least one sequel in the rough-draft stage in the computer.

    In 734 pages, “Thrones” covers politics, slavery, plantation life, women’s issues, race, debates and events leading up to the Civil War, during the period from 1848 to 1851.

  • Arapahoe Peak clinic staffer headed to Haiti

    Nurse practitioner Monica Rabanal of Evergreen is heading to Port-au-Prince on Feb. 16 with a medical team of 14 doctors and nurses with International Medical Relief of Denver for one week.

    Her flight had been cleared as of Monday, Feb. 8, to fly directly from JFK into the airport at Port-au-Prince. Rabanal will be working at a clinic a mile away from the airport.

    Arapahoe Peak Health Center, 28000 Meadow Drive, supports staff members who volunteer for various medical missions to foreign countries.