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Today's News

  • Cougars open new year in style

    LAKEWOOD — Following a mandatory two-week hiatus due to the holidays, Evergreen boys basketball coach Scott Haebe was nervous about how his team would open 2009.

    While the Cougars weren’t perfect Jan. 3, they were awfully good.

    Hot shooting from the perimeter (eight 3-pointers) and a tenacious defense that forced 16 turnovers carried Evergreen to a painless 70-42 cross-classification victory over Lakewood that exceeded their coach’s expectations.

  • Mountain rivals split games

    CONIFER – With the stands at the Conifer High School gymnasium pushed past capacity, the fans that were willing to sit on top of one another were treated to a pair of competitive basketball games between two rival schools.

  • I-70 rollover injures two

    Two men were seriously injured Jan. 9 when their Jeep rolled in the eastbound lanes of I-70 just east of the Genesee exit.

    Nicolas S. Ruba, 23, and Michael A. Blakeway, 23, both of Craig, were headed east at the time of the accident, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Just east of the Genesee exit, the Jeep went out of control on a right-hand turn and rolled once into the median, coming to rest on its wheels.

  • Should the Big Three get a big bailout?

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  • Great schools reflect a great community

    If great communities have great schools, there can’t be a much better place to live than Evergreen. All schools in Evergreen received excellent ratings on school report cards issued by the Colorado Department of Education.

    It marks the fourth time in the last five years that all of our neighborhood schools achieved the highest rating. Our local charter, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, rated excellent in both its elementary and middle school programs.

  • Obama team seeks ideas for health care reform in Jeffco

    Everyone has complaints about the U.S. health care system, according to Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    "But we have about 4 million different ideas on how to resolve it," he added, shortly after sitting through a community forum on health care reform Dec. 30. The forum was commissioned by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and hosted by the West Chamber.

  • Bailey woman is channeling busy moms

    In an earlier life, Jenny Schmidt of Bailey was a high-profile television reporter who covered the O.J. Simpson trial and the Rodney King verdict. But when she traded that life for motherhood, things changed.

  • Ladies fall to Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD — Young teams are prone to mental lapses on the basketball court.

    Evergreen girls basketball coach Ali Johnston is well aware of that fact, which is why she wasn’t shocked by how the Cougars performed following a two-week break Jan. 3 against Class 5A Lakewood.

    For three quarters, Evergreen struggled to find its range from the field and had a difficult time just keeping possession of the ball, committing 20 turnovers. As a result, they trailed the Tigers by 18 points entering the fourth quarter.

  • What I want for 2009

    How’s this for a resolution?

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.

    Now, I have nothing against anyone that sets out to do something personally rewarding come Jan. 1, but for me, I’ve never subscribed to the belief that I’m going to radically alter the way I live my life by the turn of a calendar page.

  • Santa gives Skeel family a week without water

    Park district chief John Skeel and his family woke up on Christmas Day to discover that Santa had left them with a dry well, forcing the family of five to go without toilet flushing and hot showers for a week.

    By the day after New Year’s, the problem had been fixed with the addition of two 175-gallon storage tanks, and now the system works better than ever, Skeel said. “I can take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time.”

    Well experts diagnosed the problem as a relative lack of rain this year.