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Today's News

  • Fire breaks out on Blue Sky Trail in Conifer

    Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at 10060 Blue Sky Trail in Conifer at 1:15 p.m. The house was fully engaged when reports went out on the radio about 11:45 a.m. Elk Creek Fire Rescue is the primary fire department, with North Fork, Evergreen and Inter Canyon providing assistance. Tanker trucks are bringing water. The Platte Canyon Wildland Fire Team is also on the scene. As of 1:14 p.m. firefighters were still calling for water. Radio reports indicated the house was not occupied. Smoke plumes could be seen from Highway 285.

     

  • Decision coming soon on Wulf weight room

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Wulf Recreation Center to discuss a staff report on the future of the weight room at Wulf Recreation Center, among other things.

    Separately,  the board will hold a special meeting Feb. 10 to discuss the timing of the Buchanan Park Community Center and Art Center feasibility study. Also, an executive session will be held for the annual review of the executive director and to discuss unspecified real estate matters. The executive session is closed to the public.

  • Jeffco celebrates 20-year relationship with county in Taiwan

    Three flags greet people when they arrive at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden: the U.S. flag, the Colorado flag and the Jefferson County flag.

    On Jan. 29, however, the county's flag came down and Taiwan's went up in its place, signifying a 20-year relationship between Jeffco and Pingtung County, the southernmost county in Taiwan.

  • Commissioners allocate $850,000 to help disabled

    The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center will be able to help between 12 and 16 more people get off a decades-long waiting list this year after the Jefferson County commissioners approved more than $850,000 in funding.

    Art Hogling, DDRC's executive director, said the money will be used to help more than a dozen more people by purchasing a new group home, expanding transportation services and installing fire suppression systems in three of the DDRC's existing buildings. The additions would also create 20 jobs, Hogling said.

  • RTD: Voters support tax hike for FasTracks

    The Regional Transportation District says more than 60 percent of residents in the eight-county Denver metro area would support a tax increase to finish the FasTracks expansion by 2017, but some in South Jeffco aren't so sure.

    "I don't think that would happen," said Justin Everett, a South Jeffco Republican who is president of CoHOPE, a coalition of area homeowner associations. Everett said CoHOPE hasn't taken an official position, but his personal opinion is that a tax increase wouldn't fly.

  • Fifth-graders hold French-style poetry reading

    Teaching poetry to fifth-graders could be a daunting task unless a teacher takes advantage of all the available resources.

    That’s what Bergen Valley teacher Trish Zurlinden did when her class hosted a French-style poetry reading last Thursday at Camp Grounds coffee shop in Bergen Park.

    “Students rise to the occasion in writing when they have a real and authentic audience,” Zurlinden said.

  • Tancredo: Was he a good congressman?

    By Hannah B. Hayes

    The issues around immigration are complex. There’s a melting pot of experiences that led most of us here. Every immigrant has a story — often compelling and heart-wrenching. The migration from “my country” to the promise of a better life is a journey into the unknown on an uncertain path through a maze of danger and bureaucracy.

  • Rec district unresponsive to parents

    In response to a letter from the Evergreen Park and Rec District board in the Nov. 5 Courier, we would like to clarify our position with regard to the tae kwon do classes in the district.

  • If it smells bad, leave it alone

    Of all the different animals one can encounter in our woods, there is one that most people tend to avoid like the plague. Skunks are not popular with anyone, even though they are generally quite friendly and have no intention of doing us any harm. Their terrible odor has earned them the respect of all other animals, including man.

  • Ladies fall to Farmers

    WHEAT RIDGE — From the outset, Evergreen’s girls basketball team has been branded with the dreaded “talented but inexperienced” title.

    Eighteen games into the season and the Cougars’ inexperience is still something the team is working on.

    Against a Wheat Ridge team that implored a heavy dose of half-court trapping and full-court pressure defense, Evergreen struggled to get into its half-court set. When they did manage to break the press, they’d turn the ball over trying to force the issue.