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Today's News

  • Zinna's case against ex-commissioner on trial in federal court

    The long-awaited civil lawsuit by county critic Mike Zinna against former Jeffco commissioner Jim Congrove is finally under way in federal court.

    Zinna, a once-persistent insect in the county’s ear, claims his First Amendment rights were violated by Congrove, whom he accuses of using his political authority to halt Zinna’s frequent investigations into Jeffco government. The former blogger and KHOW talk-radio host is seeking compensatory damages in the case; no punitive damages are being sought.

  • Annual Madrigal event has new holiday flair

    The Evergreen High School music department’s upcoming Madrigal Faire re-creates the spontaneous fun and high spirits of Renaissance England. Laughter rings out amidst the ceremony, sprightly songs accent activities and the jester adds astonishment and wonder at every turn. Hear ye, hear ye! Come to the 23rd annual Madrigal Celebration and experience the essence of the Tudor Court brought to life.

  • The tale of the turkey is a wild tale

    Gobble, gobble, gobble — it is once more Turkey Day. This huge bird was common over much of the Eastern states and came west along the shrubby area of the Plains watercourses. The adult males make the gobbling sound. The females call in a single yelp, and they both make a soft (“quit, quit”) call when feeding.

  • A friendly letter to the commissioners

    Dear Jeffco commissioners:

    I hadn’t heard from you recently, so I wanted to write and see how things were going. Our attorney was on the phone the other day, and he also asked after the three of you.

    Specifically, we’re wondering about the letter we sent you on Monday, July 27 — the one pointing out that your discussion of public business via e-mail was a clear violation of Colorado law.

  • Thanks for your service, Senator Gibbs

    Last week brought news that state Sen. Dan Gibbs, who represents much of western Jefferson County, is retiring. I’d like to thank him for his service.

  • Lutheran, Good Samaritan medical centers should not become Catholic-controlled

    We represent our community’s citizens who strongly oppose the impending transfer of management control of Exempla Lutheran and Good Samaritan medical centers to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.

    This means that control over our two Colorado-built and -funded hospitals — whose assets total $300 million to $500 million — will be transferred to the Kansas-based organization. We believe that ownership of these assets could later be transferred to SCLHS.

  • Rib Crib closing for good on Dec. 27

    Another mainstay of the Evergreen bar and restaurant scene is closing its doors Dec. 27.

    But, there is a possibility that longtime co-owner Troy Tyus and his 25-person staff at the Rib Crib will reassemble under a new name, at a later date, in the empty space that used to be Sammy’s Last Cast Tavern on Evergreen Parkway.

    The Rib Crib, at 27905 Meadow Drive, is the latest casualty in a string of popular eateries, such as Stroh’s Restaurant downtown, Tanglewoods, New Shanghai and Blue Spruce Market.

  • Girls ready to take next step

    About the only thing that’s changed for the Evergreen girls basketball team is the last name of its head coach.

    Ali Johnston is now Ali Meyers after getting married over the summer. With almost her entire roster back from last season, Meyers is excited about the team’s chances.

  • It's all new for Cougars

    With a coach like Scott Haebe and proven systems on offense and defense, the proverbial cupboard will never be bare for the Evergreen Cougars.

    It was pretty cleaned out, however.

    The Cougars lost six seniors to graduation and senior Maciah Herbert moved to California, leaving Evergreen with just Cam Tucker remaining from their top-eight players in terms of minutes played last season.

    Under construction? Haebe might need a hard hat and some blinking orange safety lights around the gymnasium at the start of the season.

  • Giants fan takes loss in stride

    As soon as the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I knew I had to find my way to Invesco Field this season.

    The New York Giants come to town only so often, and I understood that if I didn’t seize the opportunity to see my favorite team play in my own backyard, I probably would have to wait a long time for them to return.

    My initial Internet search for tickets proved disappointing but thankfully, a co-worker at the Courier has season tickets and offered me a golden opportunity to use them to see the Giants take on the Broncos on Thanksgiving night.