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Today's News

  • Local agencies prepare to help flood victims

    Area service agencies are expecting requests for help starting this week from residents affected by the recent flooding.

    The executive directors have learned from past experience with wildfires that it takes people a couple of weeks to figure out what they need and to seek help.

  • Displaced hairstylist does ’dos for charity

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

    Melissa Wood, owner of Madera Salon, had to close her shop temporarily above Cactus Jack’s Saloon, thanks to the recent flooding that heavily damaged the first floor of the building.

    Since Wood can’t serve clients at her shop, she decided to give back to the community with her talents: She’s giving free haircuts to clients of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    “I just decided with the flooding and everything, this was a time when people are needing more help,” Wood said.

  • Evergreen merchants open for business in wake of floods

    Downtown Evergreen businesses want people to know that they’re open for business.

    Most lost between one and five days worth of revenue when they were closed during the flooding that began Sept. 13. The proprietors are hoping that locals will frequent the shops and restaurants to help make up the difference.

    All downtown shops and restaurants are open again except Evergreen Clothing Co. on the east end of downtown and Cactus Jack’s Saloon on the west end.

  • Parks along Bear Creek closed due to flood damage

    A few people were fishing and picnicking at Evergreen Lake Park on Saturday afternoon despite flood damage and only one lane of traffic permitted across the bridge over Bear Creek.

    A wedding party was setting up at the Lake House, which had not suffered flood damage.

    However, most of the trails were closed, including the popular boardwalk, because of recent flooding.

    The golf course also was closed on Saturday. A group of elk was taking the opportunity to rest and graze on the bright green grass while visitors took photos of them.

  • Conifer grants wish for birthday

    CONIFER — Carrie Oletski wanted one thing more than anything else for her birthday. And on Sept. 19, the Conifer Lady Lobos granted their coach her wish.
    Behind a seven-run offensive outburst in the second inning and three insurance runs in the sixth, host Conifer, on a blustery afternoon, held off a feisty Evergreen squad for an 11-8 victory.

  • Fascination with Clear Creek mining history leads to author's 2nd book

    Wearing a small metal hat, Ben Dugan used to venture into an abandoned mine by candlelight as a young boy growing up in Empire.

    “Everybody who grew up there played in the old mines,” Dugan said. “It was the epitome of fun.”

    Dugan is now an accountant with a 6-year-old son named Sam who sat listening to his father talk about his new book titled “Mines of Clear Creek County.”

  • EHS qualifies three for state; Conifer misses cut

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    It was mission accomplished and déjà vu for Evergreen at the Sept. 16 4A Metro golf regional.
    For the second straight year the Cougars failed to land one of the two automatic four-player team berths for the state tournament but managed to qualify three individuals, making them eligible for the team race at the 4A state tournament.

  • Cougars pull off another late win in Mountain Bowl

    Rob Molholm was exasperated. And, yet, the Evergreen High football coach was just walking the sidelines. But the Mountain Bowl has a way of doing that to one, especially after the latest chapter.
    The Evergreen-Conifer rivalry may be one-sided in the final results the past four years, but each time, the game has been riveting. That was again the case Sept. 20 at Evergreen High School. The host Cougars, who trailed for the entire first half, rallied in the fourth quarter with a Joe Danni 20-yard TD run with 5 minutes, 57 seconds remaining for a 23-22 victory.

  • Health focus in Open Space master plan criticized by advisory committee members

    The relationship between open space and public health gets an inordinate amount of attention in a second draft of the master plan for Jeffco Parks and Open Space, according to some members of the advisory committee.

    “I think there is an inordinate amount of text devoted to community health,” Jan Wilkins said while reviewing the second draft of the plan with other committee members last Thursday night.

    “There are so many aspects of open space,” Wilkins said. “There should be a more comprehensive description of what we do.”

  • Evergreen firefighters come to the aid of flood victims

    As relentless rain created major flooding problems in Evergreen, local firefighters organized and initiated efforts to keep residents and property safe during the weekend of Sept. 13.

    Chris Johnson, Evergreen fire operations chief, set up a command post for the Jefferson County Incident Management Team at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park. Firefighters also were at Stations 1 and 5 that weekend to assist with operations.

    An initial task for firefighters was getting word to residents about evacuations.