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Today's News

  • Yellow-bellied marmots act like Eastern groundhogs

    Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, a day that doesn’t have much significance here, but it does in the Northeastern states, especially Pennsylvania, where it started.

    The myth is that if the groundhog comes out of his winter hibernation on Feb. 2 and sees his shadow, he is frightened and goes back to sleep for six more weeks. But if it is a cloudy day and he does not see his shadow, he will stay awake and spring will come early.

  • Sweet and bittersweet journeys

    “And he carries the reminders

    “Of every glove that laid him down

    “Or cut him till he cried out

    “In his anger and his shame

    “I am leaving, I am leaving

    “But the fighter still remains.”

    — Paul Simon

    For me, hanging in Evergreen is all about the happy little surprises that crop up and punctuate your day — and the unexpected connections that result from other, less-lighthearted encounters.

  • Gov. Ritter’s decision an admirable one

    When Gov. Bill Ritter announced he was leaving office to spend more time with his family, some greeted the news with skepticism and doubt. After so many scandals involving public figures, it’s easy to assume ulterior motives.

    But I’m giving the governor the benefit of the doubt. I do believe that sometimes elected officials leave office for the sake of their families, because I did it myself.

  • Students gather at Evergreen school to seek solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Eighty Colorado middle school students gathered Jan. 21 for a mock peace summit in Evergreen that highlighted the complexity of political relations between Palestine and Israel.

    Students came in small groups from 10 schools to Evergreen Country Day School, where they took in lectures, an educational video and held cross-cultural negotiations, all focusing on conflict resolution.

    “We have to teach kids in their formative years how to prevent conflict,” said Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who brought his Axis of Hope program to Evergreen.

  • Snore ... score ... score ... snore

    In arguably their biggest game of the season not involving rival Conifer, the Evergreen Cougars went with an unexpected game plan Jan. 22 against the Golden Demons.

    Competitive napping.

    And the Cougars were good at it. Far better than the Demons, as Golden strolled past Evergreen in the final minute for a key 49-45 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory.

  • Cougars scrub Demons clean

    Lexie Malazdrewicz has potential as long as her name.

    The Evergreen freshman already has enough low times to raise expectations, but she’s thinking more of the big picture. Winning a state title is a goal, but her current concerns are helping her team.

    “It’s a lot more different than club, for sure,” Malazdrewicz said of varsity swimming. “Everyone is so friendly. Everyone is so team oriented and wants to do everything for the team, which is nice.”

  • Park board hears plea for free admission for disabled

    An Evergreen resident with severe, disabling allergies is asking the park district board to consider offering free admission to people with disabilities.

    The board agreed to study the proposal. Recreation manager Ellen Stephan will do an investigation of other rec districts and their policies regarding fees for disabled people.

    “At the very least, it would help tremendously if the rec district would offer the same rates … as it does to seniors and active military,” says Julie Tambourine in a letter to the board.

  • Jeffco, Wah Keeney property owner cancel court date

    The county commissioners and property owner Richard Morgan have signed a stipulation and order in the county’s lawsuit over a zoning violation at 29592 Spruce Road in Wah Keeney Park.

    With the signed agreement in place, the county agreed to drop the trial that was scheduled for Thursday morning, Jan. 20. The order states that Morgan does not admit responsibility for causing a zoning violation.

  • Pat Shea departs park district after 20 years

    “It was a kind of mutual agreement,” he said Friday, Jan. 22. Shea’s last day was about six weeks ago.

    Since his resignation, Shea has been working six days a week on repairing a house he purchased last summer in the Hiwan Country Club area.

    So far he has installed a new bathroom, new floors and baseboard molding. Once that job is finished, he expects to begin looking for a new job, not necessarily in the recreation business.

    “I expect to be working for another 10 years,” he said. He declined to give his age.

  • 2 first-graders wander away from King-Murphy

    School personnel found two first-grade girls who had wandered away from the King-Murphy Elementary School playground on Tuesday morning, after they decided to play “Survivor.” They were missing about 40 minutes.

    The school is at 425 Circle K Ranch Road about 3 miles west of Evergreen in Clear Creek County, in a densely forested area surrounded by open space and dotted with homes.

    The girls, whose names were not available, had been dropped off separately, one by a school bus and one by a parent, said Clear Creek County school Superintendent Bill Patterson.