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Today's News

  • Winter cottonwoods and a new year of good birding

    The first day of winter certainly lived up to its name. It has been snowy and cold — very cold for so early in the season. The good news is that the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. From now on, each day grows a bit longer until the spring equinox brings equal days and nights, the official beginning of spring.

  • Officers trap cougar that killed 2 deer in Troutdale neighborhood

    The Division of Wildlife successfully trapped a 1-year-old mountain lion that killed two deer on Troutdale Scenic Drive above the Evergreen Safeway.

    After being sedated on Wednesday morning, the cat was taken to the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and released.

    The Troutdale area is adjacent to Dedisse Park and Jefferson County Open Space on the west.

    Neighbors Linda Kirkpatrick and Jack Wolfe on Troutdale Scenic Drive both uncovered deer carcasses on their property Monday, Dec. 22.

  • A special person for special kids

    Kids with special needs love to have fun as much as other children, and thanks to the special needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, special kids are getting a lot more enjoyment out of life.

    Special needs coordinator Maren Schreiber started the program with five participants in 1997 and now has 60 regular members, many of whom have been in the group for years.

  • Team Tessa

    A basketball game unfolded Dec. 19 at the Dakota Ridge High School gym, but thoughts of winning or losing were eclipsed by concern for a graduate facing a devastating disease.

    Some players wore black. Some wore white. But they all were part of the same team: Team Tessa.

  • Evergreen, Conifer well-represented at Vegas rodeo

    LAS VEGAS, NEV. — For 10 days a year, what happens in Vegas involves wearing a cowboy hat. And at the recent National Finals Rodeo, hats were off to a group of Evergreen and Conifer natives.

    Tim Shirley of Conifer, a two-time champ at the Evergreen Rodeo, was among the top competitors at the national event. He was joined in Las Vegas by 2008 Evergreen Rodeo queen Amanda Bodkin, Evergreen artist Gary Sohrweid, and author, actor and singer Junior Ray.

  • Fire district seeks radio upgrade for $900,000

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District board voted to spend $250,000 in hopes of gaining $650,000 in grant money to pay for a massive, $900,000 radio communications system overhaul by 2013.

    At a regular meeting of the board of directors on Dec. 19, the board found out the department could be eligible for a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to pay for the bulk of the radio upgrade.

    The $250,000 would constitute matching funds to start the grant process and make the transition to VHF radio frequency. A formal proposal is due Jan. 19.

  • Idaho Springs man sentenced in illegal hunting of elk

    Larry C. Losch of Idaho Springs was sentenced Dec. 17 for his role in the illegal hunting of a large elk in Evergreen on Sept. 13, 2007.

  • School board seeks community feedback on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board is asking for the community’s help in making decisions about the district’s budget. The district will need to cut at least $35 million between 2009 and 2012 after voters rejected the bond and mill levy measures on the November ballot.

    The board has received recommendations from staff and community budget work groups and wants to continue to gather feedback from many different voices in Jefferson County.

  • Ring in the new year with the Evergreen Players

    New Year’s Eve can often be thorn in your side. You want to do something festive to ring in the new year … but you don’t want to drive very far, you don’t enjoy huge crowds, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and midnight is long past your bedtime. You’re suddenly feeling very “Bah, humbug” when you want to be humming “Auld Lang Syne.” The Evergreen Players’ New Year’s Eve Gala is the answer to all of your celebratory snags.

  • EMS eighth-graders go to war for younger students

    Revolutionary War figures came to life — literally — when Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders presented short speeches about the heroes to fifth-graders at Bergen Meadow Elementary School.

    The students selected a person in history — anyone from George Washington to Dolly Madison — researched the person and wrote a short first-person speech about the person’s life. The students then dressed in costumes and stood like statues in the back hallway of the elementary school.