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Today's News

  • Weed Day remains true to its roots

    All during the long, cold spring, Community Weed Day is the day I have longed for.

    This is a “what is so rare as a day in June.” Sun, an intensely blue sky, white puffy clouds and a crisp gentle breeze have combined to make this a “perfect” day. A few widely scattered showers cooled off the afternoon, but now the sun is out, and everything is “bright and beautiful” again.

  • Beckoning grace: A father's devotion brings soothing melodies to the life of his autistic son

    It’s an exhilarating experience when a father hears his son’s first “Da-Da.” But the experience can be crushing if a child stops saying it.

    Garrett Kelty appeared normal in every way when he was born on Nov. 5, 1994 — a few months before his parents, Robert and Rebecca, bought Alpine Pastries in Evergreen.

  • Oakes named EHS female athlete of the year

    Choosing this year’s Evergreen High School Female Athlete of the Year likely wasn’t a difficult decision for the selection committee.

    Tricia Oakes not only dominated on the hardwood, where she helped guide the Cougars to a berth in the Sweet 16 of the Class 4A state tournament, but she excelled on the softball diamond as well.

    The Colgate-bound Oakes was humbled by the honor.

  • Never look back

    MORRISON — Monica Bascio never asks the question that others often pose to her.

    Nope. She’s too busy living in the now to think about what might have been.

    That’s not to say that the events of 16 years ago don’t shape her life. They do — just perhaps not in the ways one would expect.

  • Bicycle race, with a twist

    MORRISON — “I want to ride my bicycle.

    I want to ride my bike.

    I want to ride my bicycle.

    I want to ride it where I like.”

    -Queen, “Bicycle Race”

    That catchy 1978 tune could’ve easily been running through the minds of any of the competitors that converged on Bear Creek Lake Park on June 6.

  • Jury system keeps 'self' in self-government

    Last Tuesday I dutifully reported to the Jefferson County Taj Mahal to serve as a juror. As it turned out, after a video and some introductory remarks, I was among the group of people who wouldn’t be needed that day. So I, juror No. 1259, left the building having fulfilled my duty for the time being.

    As Milton said, they also serve who only stand and wait.

  • A furry cure for the peeves of pet ownership

    Officially, the first pet my family owned was a giant ill-tempered iguana named Igor. I have little memory of this except the stories of Igor finally escaping our home and harassing the neighborhood’s dogs and cats like a miniature Godzilla. They found it dead one morning after a nasty frost, his rein of terror finally ended.

  • Explorers of parks are richly rewarded

    Editor’s note: Sylvia Brockner was a little under the weather last week, so we’re reprinting a column from June 1987. Sylvia reports that she’s feeling much better and that her column will return next week.

    My husband, Bill, and I have spent considerable time in our breeding bird atlas territory this past week.

    I fully expected to enjoy the time spent birding, but there is an additional dividend that I had not foreseen.

  • Humphrey Museum offers food, fun and fascination

    This Saturday, folks who like their local history served al fresco with something hot off the grill and a heaping side of old-time ambience can satisfy their appetites for all three at Evergreen’s most enchanting pioneer artifact, the Humphrey Memorial Park & Museum.

  • Bergen kids trample fund-raising record

    If foul weather set the start of this year’s Buffalo Stampede back a couple of days, the more than 600 Bergen kids who ran their little hearts out on May 16 to benefit the Bergen Meadow Field Project finished way ahead of expectations.

    “They raised more than $20,000,” says Lisa McLagan, vice president of fund-raising for the Bergen Parent Teacher Association. “It’s amazing. The most the Stampede’s ever raised is $9,000, and they doubled it.”