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Today's News

  • EHS dominates from start to finish

    Last February was the culmination of a three-year push by the Evergreen Lady Cougars’ girls swim team. It finally won that elusive 4A state championship, beating perennial powerhouse Thompson Valley by a commanding 88.5 points.

    So if that was the case last year, then Evergreen’s 143-43 lopsided victory over the visiting Lady Eagles on Jan. 10 at Wulf Recreation Center should serve notice that EHS has no intentions of releasing its perch atop the state pedestal.

  • Auto parts store eyed for A-frame on Bryant

    A new O'Reilly Auto Parts store could be built this summer on the spot on Bryant Drive where Gallerie Quilt currently is located.

    The iconic A-frame building at 30406 Bryant Drive would be demolished, and a 6,500-square-foot auto parts store with about 20 parking spaces would be built in its place, according to preliminary plans received by the Jefferson County planning department. The land is currently listed for sale at $549,000.

  • Sergeant remembered for sense of duty — and humor

    Sean Renfro built a reputation as a person of character who valued his family, faith and his duty as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    But it was Renfro’s sense of humor and his smile that defined him, according to friends and family who spoke at his funeral Monday at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Some roads to close Monday for Renfro funeral procession

    Some roads in Conifer and Marshdale will be closed early Monday afternoon for the funeral procession for the Jeffco sheriff's sergeant killed by a car Jan. 3 while helping stranded motorists.

    Sgt. Sean Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. He is survived by his wife and four children.

  • Open enrollment begins in Jeffco schools

    Jeffco parents who want to enroll their children in district schools other than their neighborhood school in 2015-16 can begin the enrollment process Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to a district press release.

    Accepted placement depends on classrooms’ available space.

    The district’s first round of choice enrollment will run from Jan. 7 to Jan. 30. A second round — based on a first-come, first-served basis - will run from Feb. 13 to Aug. 31.

    Out-of-district students may also enroll in any Jeffco school that has the space.

  • School district contracts with online therapy provider

    Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are hard to find in Colorado and even harder to recruit with a cash-strapped budget. 

    To address shortages, Jeffco Public Schools will begin outsourcing some of those services starting this month.

    San Francisco-based PresenceLearning will begin providing physical, occupational and speech language therapy to Jeffco kids via teleconferencing under a $267,300 contract approved by the school board in December. 

  • Townsend’s solitaires enjoy feasting on cedar berries

    If you are lucky enough to have a cedar or juniper tree in your yard that has a good crop of blue berries, then you are likely to have winter birds coming to the feast. The small tree that for years has been known as the Rocky Mountain juniper now seems to be called a cedar and has me as well as many other confused.

  • EHS leaning on veteran skiers to carry the team to a top-3 finish

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Evergreen’s youthful 2014 ski team has grown up. The program, in general, has grown. Both developments bode well for the Cougars in 2015 and beyond.

  • Kisiel’s 35 points help Bahl earn bragging rights

    ARVADA — Amy Bahl didn’t have to look far to see a familiar face. Her father-in-law, Joe Bahl, was coaching on the opposite sideline. The Jan. 3 game was the first of a home-and-home between Evergreen’s girls basketball team and host Arvada West.

    Evergreen’s third-year coach also saw junior post Sam Kisiel have the best scoring game of her career. The 5-foot-11 Kisiel lit up Arvada West in the low post, scoring a career-high 35 points in the Lady Cougars’ 52-35 non-conference victory.