Today's News

  • Hard work paying off for Lady Cougars

    EVERGREEN — As the swim season races to the finish, swimmers are scrambling to nab state qualifying times before this week’s Jeffco League championships. At their dual meet Jan. 27, both Evergreen and Conifer swimmers pushed themselves to their limits at the Wulf Recreation Center.
    Evergreen pocketed first place in all 11 non-diving varsity events en route to the 134-68 team victory, while Conifer took two  first-place wins in the JV 50- and 100 freestyle.


    With basses thumping, guitars raging, people screaming and the speed of movement mind-boggling, Evergreen High School head poms coach Debbie Cooper takes in Orlando, Fla., as only an 18-year veteran can — with full-speed adrenaline.
    Cooper, who founded the poms squad at Evergreen, has led her team to compete at the United Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Championship held at Disney World year in and year out. After months and months of practice and conditioning, hundreds of teams from all over the nation converge for a whirlwind, action-packed five days.

  • Elementary class sizes rated top priority

    Keeping class sizes at elementary schools small should be a top priority for Jefferson County Public Schools, about 60 people attending a budget forum Jan. 28 indicated, saying the school board should leave that area of the budget alone.

    The attendees, including parents, students, school staff and administrators, looked at a list of 82 proposals to cut the district’s budget by $50 million to $60 million over the next two years. They were instructed to list the three items that the board should not touch.

  • Open Space makes $1.1 million in outdoor grant recommendations

    The Jefferson County Open Space Division has recommended giving $818,000 in 2012 grants to five Jeffco cities, pending approval of the Board of County Commissioners.

    The division also recommended that six nonprofit community groups be awarded $99,400 in Conservation Trust Fund (Colorado Lottery) money in 2012.

    In addition, Open Space staff recommended distributing $241,000 in lottery funds to seven recreation or metro districts, including Evergreen Park and Recreation.

  • Computer glitch snarled rush-hour traffic Jan. 23

     A computer glitch was responsible for the rush-hour slowdown on Evergreen Parkway on Monday, Jan. 23, as a computer glitch affected all the stoplights from downtown to El Rancho.

    The signals turned into flashing reds and oranges, forcing drivers to stop at every light and treat major intersections as four-way stops. The lights affected were at Stagecoach Boulevard, Lewis Ridge Road, South Bergen Parkway, Squaw Pass Road, Colorado 65, North Bergen Parkway and El Rancho.

  • Recipe for freedom: Former Burmese refugee finds a home as sushi chef at Walmart

    Born in Burma 54 years ago, Hla Win loves his native country and still misses it desperately, but he is profoundly grateful to America, the country that took him in as a political refugee.

  • Evergreen set to celebrate winter in style

    The first Winter Festival kicks off Saturday with an 8 a.m. Snowdash Extreme 5K backcountry race at Echo Mountain Ski Area.


    The Winter Festival peaks Saturday night under the lights, with professional skiers and boarders competing for prizes on jumps and rails on a temporary ski slope made of part real and part artificial snow at Evergreen Lake.

    Lakeside activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until fireworks at 8:30 p.m. over the lake. Night skating and music with a DJ, until 10 p.m., are included in the entry ticket.

  • GOP caucuses kick off grassroots politics Feb. 7

    The first step in the process toward the 2012 presidential election starts with the grassroots American tradition of neighborhood precinct caucuses.

    Proceedings begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, with the Republican Party caucuses. The Democratic caucuses are March 6.

    On Feb. 7 the Jefferson County Republican Party will hold caucuses for four precincts (2162530048, 505, 052, and 053) covering most of Evergreen, not including Hiwan or Conifer, at 7 p.m at Wilmot Elementary. There should be room for 200 to 400 people, said Ed Regalado, district captain.

  • Artists’ co-op suddenly turns uncooperative

    Main Street Fine Art Gallery, an artists' cooperative, has closed temporarily after a difference of opinion over how the art should be chosen and displayed.

    The space next to Beau Jo's in downtown Evergreen opened June 24 as the first home of the Evergreen Artists Association, which is known for sponsoring the annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival in August. (This year’s festival will be on Aug. 25.)

  • Sunday sports update

    Skiing at Eldora: Nordic, Boys: Eagle Valley 170, Lake County 161, Summit 152, Steamboat Springs 152, Steamboat Springs 152, Middle Park 150, Evergreen 136, Battle Mountain 123, Clear Creek 113, Ridge View Academy 104, Nederland 41. Girls: Summit 168, Steamboat Springs 156, Eagle Valley 154, Middle Park 150, Nederland 150, Lake County 135, Battle Mountain 130, Evergreen 122, Clear Creek 105