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Today's News

  • County’s text-message service answers teens’ questions about sexual health

    A new system being used by Jeffco Public Health to answer teens’ questions about sexual health via text-message is already proving to be quite popular.

    After being online for only three days, the Go Ask TISH program had already received more than 100 questions about sex and sexual health, said Kelly Conroy, Jeffco’s public health nurse supervisor.

    “We’ve had a great response since it has launched,” Conroy said. “We really wanted to increase our outreach to teens and young adults.”

  • Fire board seeking replacement for member who resigned

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board is seeking a replacement for former member Charles “Chick” Dykeman, who resigned at the Feb. 12 meeting. Dykeman and his family are moving to South Carolina this month.

    Dykeman’s resignation allows the board to choose another member who will be exempt from the current recall campaign for the first six months of the term of office.

  • Test of new emergency notification system nets 74% of registered phone numbers

    A test of the county’s new emergency notification system is being considered a success, after it reached out to more than 347,000 phone numbers across Jeffco and Broomfield, along with parts of Adams, Douglas and Clear Creek counties.

    The test, which took five hours on Feb. 6, successfully connected to about 74 percent of the registered telephone numbers, a high mark, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • Firefighters extinguish grass fire near rodeo grounds

    Evergreen firefighters extinguished a small grass fire blazing near the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Monday morning.

    No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received the call at 10 a.m, and firefighters were on the scene several minutes later, said EFR spokesperson Stacee Montague.

    The size of the fire at Stagecoach and Buckhorn roads had doubled to a 400-square-foot area when firefighters arrived. By 10:15 a.m., the fire was declared out.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, Montague said.

  • Mountain lion attacks on pets increasing in area

    A recent mountain lion attack on a dog in the Brook Forest community is among an increasing number of incidents in the area.

    Brook Forest resident Judi Atencio said the cougar came into her yard on Feb. 7, grabbed her dog Lucy by the head, and started dragging her up the hill.

    The dog, a beagle-coon hound mix, was outside for only five minutes when the lion attacked her, Atencio said. The incident happened at 7 p.m. when it was dark, she said.

    “All I had to get the cat away was a flashlight,” said Atencio.

  • Cougars can’t contain Stratman, Jaguars

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    DENVER — It was billed as the rematch and a chance for the Evergreen boys basketball team to stake its claim as an equal with D’Evelyn atop the 4A Jeffco League.
    Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn’t happen. Evergreen lost 72-45 at D’Evelyn on  Feb 8 and fell to 8-2 in league play while the Jaguars remained perfect, moving to 10-0.

  • Cougars can’t contain Stratman, Jaguars

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    DENVER — It was billed as the rematch and a chance for the Evergreen boys basketball team to stake its claim as an equal with D’Evelyn atop the 4A Jeffco League.
    Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn’t happen. Evergreen lost 72-45 at D’Evelyn on  Feb 8 and fell to 8-2 in league play while the Jaguars remained perfect, moving to 10-0.

  • Scene leaves lasting impression on Skold

    Sam Skold went to watch an indoor track meet at the Air Force Academy a couple of years ago. Seeing cadets in uniform, displaying their dedication and loyalty left a lasting impression. Ever since Air Force has been on her mind, Skold said.
    “Ever since I was little I wanted to do something greater than myself. Now, given the opportunity to run for the Air Force Academy gave me the right push to go into the military,” Skold said.

  • Cougars’ Kay kicks it into gear at Jeffco

    LAKEWOOD — Jake Kay’s round-robin bracket left a lot of down time early on Feb. 9 at Bear Creek High School.
    “It was really boring,” Kay said of the slow start to his tournament. But it started to pick up after the initial delay and all in his favor.
    The Evergreen senior 126-pounder went 4-0 with a pair of pinfall victories, a 17-1 technical fall of Wheat Ridge’s Josh Shippley and a 12-0 major decision over Conifer’s Bronson Spies to win a third straight 4A Jeffco League championship.

  • Snowboarders, skiers wow crowd

    Several people spotted K-Fed at Evergreen Lake House on Feb. 9 at the Rail Jam competition. No, not Britney Spears’ ex-husband, but the freestyle snowboard trick also known as a frontside switch-up to a 270 backside out.
    Still confused? Yeah, the average skier or snowboarder might not understand the lingo, but at the Rail Jam competition, which capped off the final day of the second-annual Winter Festival, spectators didn’t have to know what the tricks were called to know they were wickedly cool.