Today's News

  • Is this an argument we need to have?

    By Greg Dobbs

  • Finding our way to actual solutions

    Readers might be wondering why this week’s Courier has no stories with local reaction to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — and that’s a fair question.

  • Gambel’s oak is a rare sighting in the foothills

    When I go down Little Cub Creek Road, I always look for a small cluster of Gambel’s oak, which grows on a scruffy southwest-facing slope just south of Mountain Park Road. It is a clump of small trees. Although they have single trunks and are tree shaped, they are little more than shrubs.

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    Sound not thy klaxon

  • Loanbright owner gives gift that keeps giving

    Russell Straub has a big heart.

    His Christmas gift to his 37 employees at Loanbright.com on Meadow Drive not only made the season bright for them, but also for downtown Evergreen businesses.

    Straub gave his employees each $100 with orders that the money must be spent at downtown stores. If they spent all the money, he would give them another $100. Add to that lunch at One World Café.

    “This really isn’t about me,” Straub said, “but I wanted to do something fun, something memorable.”

  • A holiday tradition that thrills like the Dickens

    This is the time of year when holiday traditions are forged. For many of us, an annual performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is part of our scrapbook of holiday memories. For several years, a small group of Evergreen Players veterans have created their own yuletide tradition by offering up heartfelt and oftentimes hilarious staged readings of the holiday classic at Center/Stage.

  • Lack of business prompts closure of El Rancho restaurant

    The historic El Rancho restaurant has closed, and it remains uncertain whether it will reopen under new operators.

    Mark Johnston, who has leased the restaurant from property owner Doug Antonoff, closed the establishment in November because of financial losses.

    “There just wasn’t enough business to sustain it,” said Johnston, who lives in Detroit. “We were doing about $1,000 in business a day with $3,000 in costs. You can do the math. I just couldn’t go any longer.” About 20 employees were laid off as a result of the closure.

  • A tale of the tape: Students stick gym teacher to wall as reward for fund-raising

    When it comes to young students, some lessons just stick.

    Marc Gorenstein, King-Murphy Elementary’s physical education teacher, helped bring one important lesson home to pupils on Thursday when he allowed himself to be duct-taped to the gymnasium wall by students and faculty.

  • Remembering a caring friend and wife

    While dedicating herself to community service in Evergreen, Michelle “Shelly” DeWit inspired others, said friend Gail Ridings.

    “If not for her, I would not have gotten involved,” said Ridings. “We’d see the joy and rewards that would come from helping others.”

  • Park district approves 2013 budget

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is heading into the coming year with a $5.3 million budget that reflects a 2 percent increase in both revenue and expenses, said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director.

    "We were more or less flat with net revenue compared to 2012, despite the fact that property-tax revenue is going down," said Robson. "In general, we've got a good, solid budget for 2013."