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Today's News

  • Back to their roots

    The Evergreen Cougars are smaller than in years past, a little quicker and should shoot the ball better from 3-point range.

    In other words, the Cougars are going back to their roots.

    “I like my team this year. I think we compliment each other very well,” Cougars boys basketball coach Scott Haebe said.

  • Jazzman Howard Davis dies

    Evergreen resident Howard Davis, whose career as a jazz musician spanned 65 years and included stints with some of the greatest orchestras ever assembled, has died. He was 89.

    Davis’ working history was, in many ways, a history of the Jazz Age. His alto sax can be heard on literally thousands of recordings by some of the biggest names in American music.

  • School board must consider when, how to return to voters

    It’s been an interesting few years as it relates to general consensus about when to put school mill levy overrides and bond issues on ballots. Historically, lower voter turnout benefited these questions because teachers and parents were the more motivated voters. When those motivated supporters made up the largest possible percentage of the vote, the measures stood the best chances of winning.

  • Former Jeffco sheriff Cook found dead in his home

    Former Jeffco Sheriff Russ Cook was found dead in his home Nov. 21.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was asked to do a welfare check on Cook, who apparently had not been seen in several days, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the sheriff's office. A deputy found Cook dead on the floor.

    There were no apparent signs of foul play, and the Jefferson County coroner's office is investigating, Shires said.

  • Bear Mountain homeowners win water case

    After a 15-year battle, a group of tenacious Bear Mountain homeowners has won a state Supreme Court appeal vindicating their claim of insufficient groundwater for future subdivision development using underground wells.

    The case pitted the Bear Mountain Homeowners Association and Cragmont homeowners against local developer Ron Lewis of Buffalo Park Development Co.

    The fight has been going on ever since formidable neighborhood activists Maggie Cross and Jim Peterson spotted the sign revealing the developer’s plans on Bear Mountain Meadow 15 years ago.

  • Attitude key to surviving job hunt

    Anyone who has recently been laid off would do well to have a conversation with Jennifer Pearson, a psychologist in private practice.

    “How you think affects how you feel. And how you feel affects how you perform,” Pearson said. “You have a lot of thoughts that are hopeless, lethargic and not very motivated. When you get laid off, you think, ‘I’m not good at being an employee, which means I’m not a good parent,’ and so forth.

  • What’s the best way to fix our economy?

    Hannah Hayes

    This little piggy went to the free market; after all, we were told to shop. Unfortunately some shopped “on the margin,” meaning there was no inherent value in the paper they were purchasing. Who can blame the Chinese for trying to cash out if they started to feel insecure about the lack of backing on their loans?

  • Williams ready to lead

    Lane Williams learned how to come out of nowhere and ruin a wrestler’s senior season. Now he wants to teach the Evergreen Cougars that mentality.

    Williams is the new wrestling coach at Evergreen, taking over for Steve Hitchens via stops at Hinkley High School in Aurora, Holyoke, and a collegiate career at Portland State.

    “I see a lot of potential,” Williams said of the Cougars after practice. “After watching these kids for the last couple weeks, I see a lot of potential, but them just missing the belief in themselves that they can do this.”

  • Park district helps with E. coli investigation

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has worked directly with the Jeffco health department in investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections among children in the Evergreen area.

    The outbreak has been linked to local elk herd, and the herds being tested were observed at private homes, private open space and public property.

    The district offered to assist the health department, and in addition to locating herds to sample, provided records of at least four occasions when the district had removed elk droppings from sports fields.

  • Fire district invites public to comment on budget

    A public hearing on the fire district’s draft 2009 budget attracted a handful of citizens to the department auditorium on a cold and windy Wednesday night Nov. 12.

    But officials hope attendance will increase as people get accustomed to the budget process being open to the public.

    “This is the first-ever public hearing on the budget the district has ever had,” said Charles Simons, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board. “It’ll grow.”