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Today's News

  • Evergreen tees off in Jeffco League opener

    If the Evergreen Cougars are indeed going to challenge Valor Christian not just in the 4A Jeffco League but in the state in 2016, they certainly made a good first impression Aug. 15 at Deer Creek Golf Club.

    Led by top medalist Lenny Urbas’ round of 4-under-par 68, Evergreen shot a 4-over-par 292 total to cruise to victory in the regular season opener. It marked the first time the Cougars have ever outscored the defending 4A state champions.

  • Accident snarls traffic on eastbound I-70 near Genesee

    An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Genesee exit early Tuesday had traffic backed up to Evergreen Parkway.

    At least one eastbound lane was closed, and numerous emergency crews were on the scene, according to a reporter who drove by the accident.

  • School board votes to put tax increase, bond on ballot

    After months of deliberation, the Jeffco school board on Aug. 2 formally approved resolutions to put a proposed $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase that would generate $33 million annually on the November ballot.

    At last week’s special meeting of the board, members voted unanimously to put both measures on the ballot this fall, saying it’s time for the district to put its financial future into its own hands.

  • Hiwan instructor Patterson named Teacher of the Year

    Steve Patterson, a PGA instructor for Hiwan Golf Club, has been named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by the Colorado PGA. A golf professional for 23 years, Patterson became a certified professional in golf instruction and golf operations in 2008. He has worked at Hiwan since 2013.

  • Vogel conquers Meyer Ranch

    By Ashley Dumas
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — Chilly mountain air and cloud cover was a good change from the brutal summer temps, making all 42 runners who signed up for the hilly 5-mile race through Meyer Ranch happy. The terrain was far from flat, however, forcing athletes to climb for the better half of the course. 

  • Experienced Cougars have sights set on state

    If someone asked Evergreen senior Lenny Urbas what should be expected of the Cougars’ boys golf program in 2016, considering it’s coming off a 2015 season in which he won a regional title and the team placed third at the 4A state meet, the answer is obvious.

    “We go back and win state this year,” Urbas said.

  • Ducking and diving

    If there can be Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

    With all the ceremony of the giant ball in Times Square, a net full of nearly 4,500 yellow ducks dropped in Evergreen on Saturday to the cheers of spectators, kicking off the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby.

  • Eastern fence lizards are frequent visitors to our area

    (Reprinted from Aug. 13, 2008)

    A few weeks ago a lady named Elizabeth phoned to tell me she had seen a lizard in her yard on Old Squaw Pass Road. She was delighted to have this new resident sharing her garden but wondered what kind it was and why she had never seen one before.

    The answer to what kind of lizard it is: It probably is an eastern fence lizard, since they are the only species likely to be seen here.

  • Young musicians scale jazzy heights

    As Lindy hoppers and hepcats alike gathered in the Elks ballroom during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival on Friday, the sounds of musicians warming up drifted from the stage. Those notes did not come from professionals but from young, up-and-coming musicians.

  • Jazz Fest continues a spirited tradition

    As the Fat Babies closed down the Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday night, most of the band took a break while a trio of piano, drums and clarinet serenaded the dozen or so couples who remained on the dance floor. And, for a moment, the ballroom felt alive with the presence of past generations of jazz fans and musicians. The band seemed fuller than its three pieces.

    For newcomers and those unfamiliar with the genre, the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival was a new experience. But for many of the festival attendees, jazz music and dancing are not only a hobby but a tradition.