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Today's News

  • Asphalt scammers again making mountain rounds

    Mountain residents know that long winters often leave residents with driveways in need of repair. Scam artists know the same thing.

    On Oct. 14, a member of the Cornell family of Conifer was tending to the front yard and was approached by a representative for an asphalt company named “Blacktop Service.”

    “The man was clean-cut and professional,” a family member said.

    She said the representative asked if she wanted the family’s driveway repaved with extra asphalt his company had left over from a previous job.

  • Jeffco GOP hit with subpoena in connection with alleged wiretapping

    The Jefferson County GOP was hit with a subpoena last week in connection with its one-time website administrator, who is a defendant in a federal wiretapping civil lawsuit.

    Robert Cook, who owns the Jeffco GOP's website and was hired to do computer work for the party, is one of four defendants in a civil lawsuit brought by longtime county critic Mike Zinna.

  • Gerou, Kopp roll out wildfire legislation

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, and state Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Genesee, hope to pick up where Kopp and former state Rep. Rob Witwer left off in their 2008 work on wildfire legislation.

    The duo are teaming up to push a series of bills aimed at reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire in areas where urbanization and wild lands meet.

  • Jeffco law officers take priorities to Capitol

    On a chilly January morning, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the state Capitol and urged lawmakers — who face a half-billion-dollar budget shortfall — not to leave their legislative priorities out in the cold.

    "I'm very aware that we have issues this year in our economy and our budget," Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said Jan. 15 on the west steps of the Capitol. "I also know there's a direct correlation between a poor economy and the crime rate."

  • Keitlin places second at home invite

    Nathan Phipps felt strong Jan. 17. Then he met someone stronger.

    Phipps, who was one of three Evergreen Cougar wrestlers to advance to the final of their respective weight brackets at the annual Evergreen Invitational, got all he could handle against Sheridan’s Luis Gurele.

    Phipps led early but needed a reversal in the third period to send their 103-pound final into overtime. Gurele attacked at the next whistle, got Phipps down and managed a pin in 21 seconds.

  • Depleted Cougars fall to tough Jaguars

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — The sick felt sicker Jan. 14.

    Evergreen, depleted after a viral tidal wave swept through the team, found little cure facing D’Evelyn and Jeremy Sullivan, the leading scorer in Class 4A.

    The symptoms? A Cougars team that didn’t take care of the ball, never established an inside game despite a height advantage, and gave up a back breaking 15-1 run after claiming the lead for first time in the third quarter.

    The diagnosis? A 55-44 Jefferson County League defeat.

  • Evergreen girls close to turning corner

    It’s easy to see the glass as half full this season for the Cougars.

    Of course, when are youth and optimism not joined at the hip?

    Evergreen’s youthful bunch chased and harassed D’Evelyn for 36 minutes Jan. 13 before they were finally put to rest with 13 seconds remaining. But plenty of glimpses of what could have been and what could be were apparent in the 56-51 Class 4A Jefferson County League girls basketball defeat.

  • Cougars roll Reds

    Known as sloppy starters who clean up well, the Evergreen girls finally rewarded themselves by dominating the first half Jan. 20 against Arvada.

    And that fast finish? It was more like a lull.

    "We had gone down and we thought, ‘We got this," Cougars sophomore Jordan Florschuetz said. "But you can’t ever let up. You have to always play hard throughout the whole game."

  • Evergreen girl on journey of self-discovery in theater

    Danielle Samler is a regular Evergreen girl who just happens to love the theater. However, when Samler isn’t in school, singing in the choir at Beth Evergreen or onstage, she spends a lot of time in the car. The family has racked up hundreds of miles driving to rehearsals in Greeley, Lafayette, Littleton, Evergreen and Denver. And it’s all worth it to allow Danielle and her older sister, Desiree, to explore their passion for acting.

  • Painter finds her true passion in life

    Chris Coyle Orlikowski has finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. Tucked away in her second-floor studio in Evergreen, Coyle is downright giddy as she leads a tour of her creative haven and her artistic career.

    “We finished the building a year ago,” Coyle says of the two-story garage that sits adjacent to her house, “but I had been planning this studio in my head for at least a decade. It’s tough to get me to leave; I just love it here.”