Today's News

  • Students gather at Evergreen school to seek solutions to Israel-Palestinian conflict

    Eighty Colorado middle school students gathered Jan. 21 for a mock peace summit in Evergreen that highlighted the complexity of political relations between Palestine and Israel.

    Students came in small groups from 10 schools to Evergreen Country Day School, where they took in lectures, an educational video and held cross-cultural negotiations, all focusing on conflict resolution.

    “We have to teach kids in their formative years how to prevent conflict,” said Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who brought his Axis of Hope program to Evergreen.

  • Snore ... score ... score ... snore

    In arguably their biggest game of the season not involving rival Conifer, the Evergreen Cougars went with an unexpected game plan Jan. 22 against the Golden Demons.

    Competitive napping.

    And the Cougars were good at it. Far better than the Demons, as Golden strolled past Evergreen in the final minute for a key 49-45 Class 4A Jefferson County League victory.

  • Cougars scrub Demons clean

    Lexie Malazdrewicz has potential as long as her name.

    The Evergreen freshman already has enough low times to raise expectations, but she’s thinking more of the big picture. Winning a state title is a goal, but her current concerns are helping her team.

    “It’s a lot more different than club, for sure,” Malazdrewicz said of varsity swimming. “Everyone is so friendly. Everyone is so team oriented and wants to do everything for the team, which is nice.”

  • Park board hears plea for free admission for disabled

    An Evergreen resident with severe, disabling allergies is asking the park district board to consider offering free admission to people with disabilities.

    The board agreed to study the proposal. Recreation manager Ellen Stephan will do an investigation of other rec districts and their policies regarding fees for disabled people.

    “At the very least, it would help tremendously if the rec district would offer the same rates … as it does to seniors and active military,” says Julie Tambourine in a letter to the board.

  • Jeffco, Wah Keeney property owner cancel court date

    The county commissioners and property owner Richard Morgan have signed a stipulation and order in the county’s lawsuit over a zoning violation at 29592 Spruce Road in Wah Keeney Park.

    With the signed agreement in place, the county agreed to drop the trial that was scheduled for Thursday morning, Jan. 20. The order states that Morgan does not admit responsibility for causing a zoning violation.

  • Pat Shea departs park district after 20 years

    “It was a kind of mutual agreement,” he said Friday, Jan. 22. Shea’s last day was about six weeks ago.

    Since his resignation, Shea has been working six days a week on repairing a house he purchased last summer in the Hiwan Country Club area.

    So far he has installed a new bathroom, new floors and baseboard molding. Once that job is finished, he expects to begin looking for a new job, not necessarily in the recreation business.

    “I expect to be working for another 10 years,” he said. He declined to give his age.

  • 2 first-graders wander away from King-Murphy

    School personnel found two first-grade girls who had wandered away from the King-Murphy Elementary School playground on Tuesday morning, after they decided to play “Survivor.” They were missing about 40 minutes.

    The school is at 425 Circle K Ranch Road about 3 miles west of Evergreen in Clear Creek County, in a densely forested area surrounded by open space and dotted with homes.

    The girls, whose names were not available, had been dropped off separately, one by a school bus and one by a parent, said Clear Creek County school Superintendent Bill Patterson.

  • Small signs of spring appear despite cold weather

    January is flying by with severely cold weather.

    January is the coldest month of the year, according to the National Weather Service, and it certainly has been this winter. Many nights have been well below zero, and the wind-chill factor has made some of them feel as cold as 20 below.

  • Ritter’s compass showed him the way

    Shortly after I started as the founding director of Denver’s Mayor’s Office of Regulatory Reform in 1991, Elbra Wedgeworth, the office’s deputy director, told me she wanted us to have breakfast with one of her Leadership Denver classmates from the district attorney’s office. Shortly thereafter, she and I met with Bill Ritter. From that day, the three of us went on to bigger and better things. Elbra became president of the City Council and brought the Democratic National Convention to Denver.

  • ‘Parallel Lives’ is a straight-up delight

    The scene opens with two women dressed as angels. They sit on the “board of intelligent design,” overseeing the creation of Earth and comparing the colors of humans like swatches. “White’s a little bland,” says one. She’s worried that “white” people might feel inferior to the more colorful people. The sadistic pair go on to assign the roles of which sex “gets” to give birth, and they heartily laugh at recompensing the men with oversized egos.