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Today's News

  • Santa, carols and Christmas cheer on Holiday Walk

    The Evergreen Downtown Business Association is hosting the 18th annual Holiday Walk on Friday, with a tree-lighting ceremony at the Lake House and a festive downtown street party for people of all ages.

    The evening of family fun starts at 5 p.m. when Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus arrive at the Lake House in a fire truck. After the tree-lighting, the Evergreen Lutheran Church choir will lead the singing of Christmas carols.

  • Lessons in success: Evergreen resident writes story of Jeffco Open School

    In his new book, “Lives of Passion, School of Hope,” educator Rick Posner makes the case that an alternative public school without grades, grade-point averages, grade levels or academic credits can produce involved, skilled and self-motivated adults for the 21st century.

    Posner is deeply entwined with the philosophy and the history of the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood. The school has been in existence in various forms since 1970 and today is a public school open to all Jeffco students.

  • Two families move into Habitat homes in Kittredge

    Habitat for Humanity has helped two Kittredge families attain more than just homes with great views.

    Both families now have a better view to a brighter future.

    A ceremony was held Nov. 19 to dedicate the newly built duplex on the mountain above Kittredge and welcome the new residents to their respective sides of the dwelling.

    One of the residents is Pam Rhoades, a single mother whose family has been living in a home that consumed most of her income as a nurse’s assistant at the Hospice of St. John.

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners — created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law — has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Artist’s high-end murals capture the intangible

    Painting human beings is a skill that every artist is required to learn. During their training years, artists may spend hours in front of live models capturing every shape and subtlety of human expression. However, capturing the human soul in a painting is a skill that can’t be taught. Kathryn Petroff, a fine artist and muralist, is skilled at creating portraits that not only bring people to life on canvas but capture the nuances of the human spirit in the process.

  • Where have all the evening grosbeaks gone?

    Probably the question I am most frequently asked by people who have been feeding birds in the area for many years is, “Where have all the grosbeaks gone?” I wish I could give them a good answer, and I also wish I could bring them back.

    First, I try to ascertain that they are referring to the evening grosbeaks because we have other grosbeaks in the area. Usually they describe them as the fairly big birds that are yellow, white and black, and used to come to feeders in droves.

  • Eminent domain: an imminent rip-off

    Commissioner Kevin McCasky’s “controlled” discussion of the proposed Northwest Parkway (to connect C-470 with E-470) at the Lake House town hall meeting on Nov. 2 raises the question of whether building the Northwest Parkway with private funds depends on the government’s use of eminent domain.

  • When it comes to race, fear is a common enemy

    “My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me.”

    — Emerson, from his essay “Friendship”

  • Conifer and Evergreen libraries safe from budget cuts for now

    The Jeffco Public Library system stands to lose about $1.5 million in revenue next year, as county officials anticipate diverting 0.2 mills of the current library levy toward human services programs.

    Despite the expected loss, the library is not planning to close any locations or cut staff positions.

    Bethany Frisbie, promotions and marketing manager for the Jefferson County Library System, said libraries in Conifer and Evergreen are safe from closure for now.

  • Industry loses one of the good guys

    The name Steve Ellis doesn't resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis's name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened and he made sure his wife e-mailed in his copy before calling 911.

    A true bulldog till the end.