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Today's News

  • Will a third-party movement emerge?

    As I write this column, I’m looking at an online Denver Post story announcing that my friend and former colleague in the state House, Kathleen Curry, has renounced her affiliation with the Democratic Party and is now officially “independent.” It comes as a surprise only insofar as sitting elected officials rarely leave their parties. That said, Curry, who hails from Gunnison, has always had an independent streak.

  • A bold (and cold) plunge into the new year

    There is nothing quite like starting the new year standing chest deep in 33-degree water. Regardless of what happens in 2010, everything else should seem like a walk on the beach.

    After years of covering the annual Evergreen Lake plunge, I finally had the guts to participate. I made the decision to jump several weeks ago, but it wasn’t until I was standing on the edge of a hole cut through 20 inches of ice that I was fully committed. With a giant step forward, I leapt into the icy water.

  • Evergreen swimmers dunked by Chargers

    LITTLETON - In football, they call it “hearing footsteps.”

    That’s when a player feels the other player closing in and is faced with the prospect of either being outdone or making the necessary play.

    Evergreen senior Carrie Latimer heard footsteps Jan. 8, albeit from feet flapping underwater at the Edge rec center.

  • Cougars impressive in 'huge win'

    The Evergreen Cougars are out to prove that they are going to be a force in the Jeffco 4A League this year.

    They took one step closer to proving that on Jan. 8 as they drubbed the visiting Conifer Lobos 70-51 to move to 2-0 in league play and 7-3 overall.

  • Lobos' defense clamps down on Lady Cougars

    Conifer girls basketball head coach Jon Marston knows that you need to play good defense to win at any level and he has preached that to his team.

    The Lobos certainly showed they were listening on Jan. 8 as they improved to 11-0 on the season by beating bitter rival Evergreen 54-43 on the Cougars’ home court.

    “That’s our main focus, defense, especially man-to-man,” Marston said. “I told the girls before the game, it comes down to defense. Who plays the best defense is whose going to win the game, and that’s any game.”

  • Ice Melt Contest banner found

    The banner for the Ice Melt Barrel Contest at Evergreen Lake was found behind the NAPA Auto Parts store on Highway 74 in downtown Evergreen. It had disappeared from the front of Evergreen National Bank around Dec. 12.

    Evan Davis, the store sales manager, said he noticed it behind the building on Sunday.

    “I saw the article in the Canyon Courier saying it was missing, and it made me look twice,” Davis said. “I have no idea how long it’s been there.”

  • Boundary change for Parmalee Elementary debated

    A small group of parents at Parmalee Elementary School in Indian Hills is proposing that all of the children go to Evergreen for middle and high school instead of some of them going to Conifer, an idea that is facing mixed reaction from other parents.

    The proposed boundary change would not affect students who attend Parmalee Elementary School, just the middle and high schools. The Indian Hills parents want their children to go to Evergreen Middle and High School rather than West Jefferson Middle School and Conifer High School.

  • Kidnapping suspect seeks reduction in $500,000 bond

    Joel Michael Herrin, the Kittredge man accused of kidnap and sexual assault, is asking that a date be set for a preliminary hearing and that his $500,000 bond be reduced.

    Robert Bernhardt, a private attorney in Golden, made the requests in County Judge Thomas Vance’s courtroom Jan. 6. Vance agreed to set a hearing on the matter for Jan. 19.

    When contacted by phone on Monday, Jan. 11, Bernhardt declined to comment on the matter.

    “We are very early in the litigation process, and anything we choose to say will be said in court,” Bernhardt said.

  • Hurlbert ponders run for state Senate in District 16

    Summit County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, a Republican, hasn’t made it official yet, but he is seriously considering making a run in state Senate District 16 against Kittredge resident Tim Leonard.

    Hurlbert expects to make a final decision this week, he told the Canyon Courier on Jan. 6.

    As the chief law enforcement officer in the 5th Judicial District, Hurlbert supervises a staff of 11 lawyers covering four counties: Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit. He lives in Summit County.

  • 3 rec district board seats up in 2010

    Three seats on the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District will be up for re-election in May. Two of the five seats will turn over in 2012.

    The board members whose terms expire thus year are Kit Darrow, Roger Hoaglund and Allan Casey, president of the board. Directors Peter Eggers and Janet Heck Doyle were elected in 2008 and have terms expiring in 2012.

    Darrow indicated she would submit her name for a second term.