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Today's News

  • Late tally lifts Cougars past Mullen

    Maybe it wasn’t  bound to happen, even though Evergreen controlled much of the possession time in its season opener with Mullen at Evergreen High School. But Scott Boland certainly was in the right place at the right time.
    The Cougars senior punched home an Ethan Jackson rebound in the 73rd minute and Evergreen opened the 2011 season with a 1-0 victory over Mullen, avenging a loss in last year’s season opener.
    “We had a really hard shot at the keeper. He couldn’t control it and it came right back out,” Boland said.

  • Skold, Cougars off and running

    AURORA — Sammy Skold wasn’t trying to make a statement, so the Evergreen junior said. She was just getting back into the rhythm of running cross county, but her third-place finish at the Lori Fitgerald Pre-State Invitational would say otherwise.
    Skold’s season-opening time of 19 minutes, 39.41 seconds at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on Sept. 3 was only topped by Canon City freshman Aubrey Till (19:02.40) and Discovery Canyon senior Allie Morgan (19:33.24) in the 4A girls race.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS GOLF
    Moore’s 78 helps Cougars to another second-place finish
    ARVADA
    — Sophomore Ben Moore shot an 8-over 78 at Indian Tree Golf Course on Sept. 2 to lead the Cougars to a third-straight second-place finish behind Valor Christian in 4A Jeffco League competition.
    Sam Theil fired a 79, Kyle Peterson shot 80, Luke Hadsell scored an 88 and Adam Zuckerman shot a 91.
    Evergreen finished with a 325 team total, one shot better than Golden and three shots ahead of D’Evelyn.

  • Our state is in a heap of trouble, boys

    During a series of commercials for Dodge Challengers in the early 1970s, a rural sheriff who usually said, “Boy, you’re in a heap of trouble,” stopped Challenger drivers because they must have been speeding in a car that looked so hot. As I read the latest report of the University of Denver’s Center for Colorado’s Economic Future, I found myself thinking all future residents of Colorado share the drivers’ dilemma. We are definitely in a heap of trouble.

  • Cut trillions, not voting rights

    The enormity of the federal government’s liabilities is the biggest challenge we face. As of the moment I write this, national debt stands at about $14.652 trillion (add a few billion by the time you read this). Yet debt is only a part of the equation: Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff estimates that the “real liability” of the federal government is actually in excess of $70 trillion.
    No wonder markets weren’t jumping for joy when Congress and the president agreed to a deal that nets only $900 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

  • Couple issue statement in deck collapse

    A couple who were involved in the deck collapse at the house on Lookout Mountain on Aug. 27 have issued a written statement in response to press inquiries.

    Two people were critically injured when a deck collapsed with about 25 people on it during gathering of close friends at the house built in 1978. The age of the structure is considered the likely cause of the accident.

    The statement is as follows:

  • Blue Spruce Habitat signs lease on park-district building

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is moving from an office building on Buffalo Park Road to the former Blue Creek Family Medicine and Urgent Care building at 1520 Evergreen Parkway.

    Beginning Oct. 1, the nonprofit will occupy the 1,700-square-foot ground floor of the facility, which has been vacant since March 2010. The rental rate is $1,050 a month, according to the draft 2012 park district budget.

  • Local Habitat chapter to build winning house in design contest

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity has been chosen as the first Habitat affiliate in Colorado to build a Habitat home designed by the winner of an architectural design contest.

    "We are absolutely thrilled," said Kathleen O'Leary, executive director of Blue Spruce Habitat. "One of the things the contest focuses on is energy efficiency and sustainability. We want to make sure the houses are designed as well as possible so the owners don't have a lot of energy costs.”

  • Young birds learn the ropes at feeders

    It has been fun watching all the young birds coming to the feeders. This has been a particularly successful breeding season, warm enough, food enough and no late June snow. It seems as though all the summer birds have raised successful broods. Even the grey-headed juncos have managed to raise a few of their own, not just one big baby cowbird as they seem to have done for the past several years.

  • Two more candidates running for school board

    Two additional candidates have entered the race for seats on the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education last week, submitting affidavits only a few months from November’s election.

    In District 3, lawyer Preston Branaugh filed documents with the secretary of state, and is running against candidate Jill Fellman, a former Jeffco teacher.

    In District 4, candidate Jim Powers declared his intention to run against former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper.