Today's News

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Littleton resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board. 

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Vote yes on tax increase for Jeffco library

    The last time the Jeffco Public Library saw a tax increase, the Internet was still a gleam in Al Gore’s eye. Nor had DVDs been invented. E-books? Forget it. “Portable” computers that didn’t result in a hernia? Surely you jest.

    In fact, the last time our library saw a boost in taxpayer support was some 29 years ago, and since then in Jefferson County, demand for services that the library offers has exploded:

    • The county’s population has grown by 130,000 people.

  • Sports briefs

    Evergreen shuts out 4A Jeffco foe Wheat Ridge
    — Evergreen bounced back from a shutout loss at Colorado Academy to topple 4A Jeffco foe Wheat Ridge 7-0 on Sept. 9 at Everitt Middle School.
    Winning in singles play were junior Ryan Lahr (No. 1), Henry Raeder (No. 2) and Nick Johnson (No. 3). Victors in doubles matches were Max Shaulis and Jack Cuntz (No. 1), Teddy Evans and Tyler Weiand (No. 2), Jack Torgler and Gus Bosch (No. 3) and Dylan Stump and John Woodward (No. 4).


  • Column: Thanks for the ride. I’ll miss it

    LITTLETON — It’s Thursday, Sept. 10, and, for the first time, I’m afraid to say, I’m sitting on the purple bleachers inside Front Range Christian School’s gymnasium. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there. I certainly did. It’s just that, until now, I had never covered a game in the building before.

  • Lady Cougars benefiting from changes

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    The freshman. The transfer. The star. The somewhat-new head coach.
    Which of those factors accounted for the most in Evergreen’s 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 victory over former 2A power Lutheran and a 3-0 start to the 2015 volleyball season?
    All of the above.
    Lady Lions coach Alicia Oates, whose senior-dominated second-year 3A team lost 3-1 to Evergreen a year ago, came away from the Sept. 10 match convinced that the 2015 Lady Cougars are a better team.

  • Fresher legs help Schmitt, Kline

    LITTLETON — Running in the Liberty Bell Invitational — the 38th annual cross country race put on by Heritage High School — is really nice for the Evergreen Cougars, according to senior Caitlin Schmitt.
    That’s because the course is about a mile and a half of downhill running before the finish. That’s unlike the uphill training Evergreen High is used to in the foothills.
    Their legs, she said, are definitely conditioned for that finish, and it showed on Sept. 11.

  • 90 runners, walkers participate in annual Cougar Stride

    Saturday morning dawned cool and clear — perfect weather for a 5K.

    Nearly 90 runners and walkers gathered at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park at 8 a.m. to begin the Cougar Stride. The annual event, which winds its way to Evergreen High School, is a fund-raiser for the school’s instrumental music program.

    In 40-degree weather, participants registered for the event at the school before climbing into school buses to head to the starting line.

  • Resident questions ISO rating for home in Elk Creek fire district

    Resident Scott Melle, who lives in the Elk Creek Fire Protection District, says his homeowners insurance rate has increased by $1,000 a year because of an unfavorable ISO rating. Melle came to the Elk Creek fire board meeting last Thursday to find out when his property's ISO rating of 10 will be reviewed and possibly lowered.

  • Understanding the differences between crows, ravens

    “What’s that big black bird sitting on that post?” is a question I am frequently asked. Also, “Is it a crow or a raven?” is also asked.

    Those questions sometimes can be difficult to answer. According to “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” there are two species of ravens and four species of crows found in the United States. The common raven and the American crow can both be seen in Colorado.

  • Canyonfest a big deal in small town of Kittredge

    Kittredge Canyonfest is as small-town as a festival can get.

    “It’s really a Mayberry event,” said Russett Goulding, president of the Kittredge Civic Association, who was referring to the “Andy Griffith” television show.

    With booths, games, music, food, a duck race and the unique Gumby boat races on Bear Creek, this year’s festival on Saturday will have something for everyone, Goulding said.