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Today's News

  • A lesson in controversy: Obama's address widely shown, but viewing optional for students

    Evergreen area schools worked out a variety of policies on the showing of President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday after a weekend of dealing with a high level of parental concern on both sides of the issue.

    In the end, all of the schools showed the presidential pep talk in some format during the day, and students were allowed the option of not viewing the presentation.

    The Jeffco school district left the decision up to the principals and teachers at each school, based on a directive that was published last week.

  • A soaring passion for the arts

    Robert Palmer has raised falcons since he was 12 years old. Over the past 40 years, he has raised and released every species of falcon it is legal to own. He photographs these and other birds in the wild for a living, and on days like today, he and Achilles, his 4-month-old gyrfalcon, man a booth at the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival.

    Set amid the evergreens in Heritage Grove, this year’s festival featured 118 different artists and drew more than 4,500 visitors on just the first day of the two-day event.

  • Cowbirds find sanctuary in other birds’ nests

    Every year in late August, I receive phone calls from readers who want to know about a large brown baby bird that is being fed by a much smaller parent. This is usually a chipping sparrow or a gray-headed junco locally, but it may be almost any smaller bird. Brown-headed cowbirds arrive in the spring about March 1 and are the only bird in America that does not build its own nest. They come to feeders regularly because they prefer millet to all other grain. They watch the other birds to see where they are building nests, and when the rightful owner of the nest is away, they deposit an egg.

  • A committed public servant

    After the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968, his brother Ted ended a moving eulogy by saying, “My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.”

  • Bergens reverse stance, will show Obama’s address to students

    The principals at Bergen Meadow Elementary and Bergen Valley Intermediate schools reversed their decision over the weekend and will show President Obama’s address to students on Tuesday morning.

    Their decision comes in the wake of a parent’s plan to stage a public showing of the address at fire headquarters; that event has now been canceled.

  • Big Chili Cook-off expected to be a hot time Sept. 13

    Get your taste buds ready for a spicy rumble: The eighth annual Big Chili Cook-off is Sunday, Sept. 13.

    The event features much more than chili, according to Leslie Caimi, the event coordinator. There are also non-chili food vendors, an art show, live music, kids’ activities and the firefighter challenge competition.

    The cookoff opens at 11 a.m., with chili sampling beginning at noon at Evergreen Lake. Awards are presented at 5 p.m., and the event ends just afterward.

  • Jeffco setting up distribution network for flu vaccine

    Jeffco health officials are setting up a distribution network for the H1N1 flu vaccine, anticipating a large demand for the shots this fall.

    "We're planning for a high level of demand for the vaccine," said county health department director Dr. Mark Johnson. "What actually happens, and what the demand actually turns out to be, will depend on how hard the flu hits or the perception of a shortage. We're planning that it's going to be big."

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • Young Cougars fall in opener

    FREDERICK — For most of the first quarter and into the second, then third, the Frederick Warriors and Evergreen Cougars tried to wear out the grass in the middle of the field. Trading defensive powers for punts, the two teams, manned by inexperienced underclassmen, tried to find momentum to keep a drive moving.

    With the exception of a muffed punt reception, Frederick kept Evergreen far from the end zone and finished the opening weekend with a 14-6 nonleague victory.

  • Evergreen rallies for tie

    The turf field behind Evergreen High School won’t ever be confused with Azteca Stadium, Old Trafford or San Siro, but the Cougars sure treat the place like a fortress.

    And pity the team that has to face them.

    The Cougars swarmed like angry bees Sept. 4, dominating Ralston Valley in all aspects of the game before a jubilant crowd. But unlike last year’s lone home game against Columbine (a 4-1 drubbing dished out by the Cougars), Evergreen could not get its dominance to show on the scoreboard.