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Today's News

  • Big snow made squirrel population smaller

    With not much to do during the four-day power outage caused by the big snow, I had some time for squirrel watching.

    Under deep snow conditions, most of the tree squirrels stay in their treetop penthouses, sleeping away the time. However, when they become hungry, they are forced to venture out to obtain food. When the snow is light and fluffy, they sometimes just plow through it, but when it is heavy, wet snow and 3 to 4 feet deep, that is an impossibility.

  • Labor unions: relevant or ruinous?

    By Hannah Hayes

    A friend recently shared that her grandfather was a union member, and then she said something that really struck me: “That was back when unions were a good thing.” Her comment speaks to the success of management in its long-lived campaign to create a negative image for unions.

  • Program provides summer jobs for teens

    The Mountain Resource Center has partnered with Jeffco YouthWorks 2009 to offer summer jobs to students from Conifer and Evergreen high schools.

    While the program itself includes youths ages 14 to 24, MRC is planning on focusing on high school students.

    Funded with $646,790 from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Jeffco YouthWorks hopes to place 350 youths in summer jobs, according to Kristine Kinzli of YouthWorks.

  • Church seeks OK for outdoor worship area

    The Jeffco Planning Commission has recommended approval of a special-use proposal for an outdoor amphitheater for about 200 on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

    The county commissioners, who make the final decision, will consider the matter at 9 a.m. May 12.

    The fabric-roofed, open-air structure would be on land at the base of a hill near the church on Troutdale Scenic Drive. The planning commissioners agreed to allow outdoor amplification after commissioner Larry Anna said he would prefer no sound system be allowed.

  • Exhibit a collage of primitive cultures

    Our world has become a complex and sophisticated place, and we can often lose ourselves in the maze of technology, transit and tight deadlines. In these complicated times, it often pays to slow down and enjoy the Earth’s fundamental patterns and resources — the simple things that make us feel more connected to the origins of life. For this reason, “Primitive Tapestries,” the latest show at the Evergreen Gallery, was born.

  • Jeffco ranks second in state in motorcycle deaths: Safety classes recommended for riders

    As the weather improves, more and more people are pulling their motorcycles out of hibernation and taking to the streets and highways.

    But according to state data, more and more motorcycle riders are getting seriously hurt, especially in Jefferson County, which was second only to El Paso County in motorcycle deaths in 2008.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Forbes, Spinzig qualify for state

    Second place would be OK with Chance Forbes.

    Finishing that high at next week’s Class 4A state golf championship in Colorado Springs would meet her goal of improving upon last year’s third-place finish.

    But second place sure isn’t first place. And second place isn’t what drives any talented senior.

    “I want it really bad,” Forbes said. “It is kind of something I’ve strived for and a goal I’ve had for so many years.”

  • Cougars booted by Farmers

    LAKEWOOD — The Wheat Ridge Farmers have been the soccer equivalent of a dump truck full of razor blades this season.

    Anything in their path has been run over and cut to shreds.

    Top-ranked and top-seeded in the Class 4A state soccer tournament, the Farmers were the kind of second-round opponents no one wanted to face. Seventeenth-seeded Evergreen, however, had to Saturday.

    The young Cougars fought hard but could do nothing to stem a ferocious start by the Farmers as Evergreen’s season ended with a 6-0 loss at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Church wins approval for outdoor worship area

    The county commissioners have recommended approval of a special-use proposal for an outdoor amphitheater for about 200 on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Evergreen.

    The commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the plan on May 12.

    The fabric-roofed, open-air structure would be on land at the base of a hill near the church on Troutdale Scenic Drive. The county’s planning commissioners agreed to allow outdoor amplification after planning commissioner Larry Anna said he would prefer no sound system be allowed.