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Today's News

  • Cougars end season with win

    LAKEWOOD — Trent Butler couldn’t help but stop what he was saying and laugh.

    Running across the turf at Trailblazer Stadium following Evergreen’s season-ending victory over Ridge View Academy was head coach Mike Sellers. In hot pursuit was senior Brandon Gustafson, armed with a cooler of ice water.

    “I think it could have gone a lot better, but for the most part, a win is a win, and that’s how you want to go out,” Butler said before stopping to watch Gustafson finally hit his target. “Obviously, everyone is having fun.”

  • Evergreen's gateway

    The relentless winds of change sweeping up Mount Vernon Canyon have the power to both destroy and to build. During the last half century, much of historical significance and sentimental interest has been swept away by the tempest, but much of value has risen in its wake. At the eye of that storm, held fast by deep roots while a commercial forest explodes around it, stands El Rancho.

    If few mountain-area institutions can equal the venerable restaurant’s longevity, none can match it for pure distinction.

  • Evergreen’s gateway

    The relentless winds of change sweeping up Mount Vernon Canyon have the power to both destroy and to build. During the last half century, much of historical significance and sentimental interest has been swept away by the tempest, but much of value has risen in its wake. At the eye of that storm, held fast by deep roots while a commercial forest explodes around it, stands El Rancho.

  • Evergreen man killed in accident near Golden

    Richard Benavidez of Evergreen was killed in a car accident near Golden Oct. 28.

    Benavidez, 68, was driving a 2008 Nissan Titan at about 12:19 p.m. on westbound Highway 40 near Golden when he went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and then a tree, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The truck then went airborne and rolled onto its side.

  • Predators playing with pride

    Dale Nicholls has been around the game of football a long time.

    In his 30-plus years as a coach, he’s never experienced a season quite like this.

    With only 11 players at his disposal, Nicholls, coach of the Mountain Area Midget Football Association’s Division I eighth-grade Predators team, has to be creative just to get through a typical practice.

  • Finishing in style

    FORT COLLINS — In his final race at Evergreen, Ryan Haebe wanted to leave everything out on the course.

    That’s exactly what the senior did Oct. 25 at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s State Cross-County Championships at Fossil Ridge High School, and he was rewarded with a top-10 finish and was just four seconds shy of breaking the school record.

    Haebe, sporting a new closely-cropped haircut, finished the very flat course in 15 minutes, 51.67 seconds.

  • Cougars show grit in loss

    LAKEWOOD — It’s a hard days work to be a spoiler in football.

    The Cougars showed they had enough grit and skill to fit the part against Summit had they just shown up on time.

    A rough first quarter dug a hole the Cougars could never quite escape as they harassed the Tigers to the end of a 42-26 Class 3A Metro League defeat Oct. 24 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Ralston Ranch divided into five mega-estates

    Ralston Ranch, one of the last large undeveloped parcels on the Front Range, has been divided into five large parcels that are being sold to individual buyers as mega-estates at multimillion-dollar prices.

    The entire 768-acre ranch was sold to Talavera Properties Inc. of Denver in a single transaction in September 2007. It has since been divided into mega-lots.

  • Judge affirms approval of Mount Morrison TV tower

    A judge has dismissed a neighborhood group’s complaint against the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners over its approval of a plan for a horizontal TV tower just below the ridgeline on the east face of Mount Morrison above Red Rocks Amphitheater.

    The approved tower will have at least five towers extending at least 30 to 50 feet or more above the ridgeline.

    Canyon Area Residents for the Environment, or CARE, contested the decision to allow the tower on grounds that Bear Creek Development Co. hadn’t complied with a higher court’s orders.

  • Some regional trails through Evergreen moving forward

    Of the 11 or so regional trails competing for the attention of Jefferson County Open Space, the Evergreen-to-Conifer Trail through Cub Creek Ranch is near the top of the constantly shifting priority list.

    Lately, attention has been focused on the important trail connection around Conifer, especially the Flying J-to-Meyer Ranch link.

    But progress is also slowly being made on the Cub Creek part of the future 7-mile-long, north-south trail planned to extend from Evergreen High School to U.S. 285.