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Today's News

  • Indoor equestrian center up and running

    Andra Ozols wasn’t horsing around when she decided to build an indoor equestrian center in Indian Hills.

    The indoor facility, which opened in January, is 42,000 square feet — nearly an acre of enclosed arena, a 37-stall barn, changing rooms, a laundry room and other amenities. There’s also an outdoor riding arena, outdoor pastures and paddocks.

    Ozols wants it to be the premier hunter/jumper facility in the area.

  • It’s not the same old Evergreen Fine Art

    Art fans who enjoy room to move and space to breathe will love the revamped and revivified version of the Evergreen Fine Art Gallery. It’s the same building, but you’d swear it’s a different space, with the rooms rehung in a museum-style configuration. The walls seem broader, with more space between each work and several works by each artist grouped together. The gallery’s striking glass collection has been moved downstairs to the main level, and the gift area filled with designer and vintage jewelry, as well as small sculptural pieces, has been expanded.

  • In tough times, newspaper and readers can help each other

    We’ve been hearing every day for months now about the bad economy. Every night we go home to the news of more layoffs and cutbacks. We have all been impacted in some way. I know the Courier has. We have reduced staffing through attrition; as employees have resigned for different opportunities, we have restructured and asked our current employees to take on additional duties.

  • Our future: the journalism of hope

    “For suddenly he was thinking … that if he was not a writer, he was not real, that he did not exist.”

    — Robert Penn Warren, in “Flood”

    As Coloradans listen to the echoes of a great voice gone suddenly silent, the words of Robert Penn Warren ring quietly and persistently for me in the void.

  • Spring bird box sale pays lasting rewards

    The robin that Loie found in my yard during the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 14 was most likely not a returning spring robin. It was one of several that usually winter in the area. There were 30 American robins reported on the Christmas Bird Count last December.

  • Bennet says $900 million in stimulus funds will prevent school layoffs

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says that $900 million in federal stimulus money headed to Colorado for educational purposes will prevent layoffs at school districts statewide, but Jeffco Public Schools officials say they aren’t so sure.

    Bennet said the federal government is doling out $44 billion in stimulus funding that will be available to state education budgets in 30 to 45 days.

  • This ‘Beast’ production is a beauty for all ages

    Have you seen a human-sized cheese grater heading up I-70 recently? How about a teapot the size of a teenager? If so, you’re not losing your mind. It’s just the crew of Evergreen High School’s theater department trekking up the hill with costumes for their latest production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

    “This show has the best of everything in it,” says director Fran Arniotes. “When you do Disney, you can just have fun with it. The costumes are larger than life, and the cast is phenomenal.”

  • A senator in the house: Bennet makes appearance at South Jeffco house party

    Wine and beer. Cheese. Mini pizza rolls.

    Standard fare at many house parties, but the gathering at Paula Noonan’s house Feb. 27 had a little something extra that went a long way in explaining why her South Jeffco home was packed that night: Michael Bennet, Colorado’s newest U.S. senator.

    Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, was selected by Gov. Bill Ritter on Jan. 3 to fill the void left when Sen. Ken Salazar was named secretary of the interior. The appointment became official Jan. 20.

  • Ice Melt Barrel splashes down March 5

    The third annual Evergreen Ice Melt Barrel descended into the chilling waters of Evergreen Lake on March 5 at 2:13:24 p.m., a full month earlier than last year, according to Ice Melt officials.

    The winner of the contest to predict the day on which the 55-gallon drum gets dunked has yet to be announced.

    But there are probably only about a dozen people who submitted guesses this early in the season, said Jerry Lautigar, president of Mountain/Foothills Rotary.

  • Commissioners reject increases in development fees

    A proposal by county staff to raise some fees paid by developers was shot down March 3 by the county commissioners.

    Tim Carl, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, proposed raising certain fees from $100 to $450 over the next three years. Under Carl’s plan, some fees would have increased 25 percent each year through 2011, when they would have been frozen for three years. Starting in 2014, the fees would have been adjusted every three years in line with the Consumer Price Index.