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Today's News

  • West Jeff students learn energy conservation during competition

    West Jefferson Middle School has won the first round of ReNew Our School, an energy competition among several Jeffco schools, and will receive LED light fixtures in its cafeteria as the prize.

    The middle school started the second round of competition Jan. 1, which will run until May 12, said digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker, who is helping to coordinate the school’s efforts. If the school wins round two, it could receive new lights in either the gym or library.

  • Developer planning low-income housing in El Rancho

    A Denver-based development company is seeking financing for a proposed low-income housing project in El Rancho.

    Medici Consulting Group is looking to acquire a 4.5-acre property at 1055 El Rancho Road and build 54 low-income rental apartments there.

    Josh Russell, a partner at MCG, said the apartments would be available for families earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income, which varies based on the number of people in the household, he said.

  • Engineering firm hired to study issues with Evergreen Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has selected Muller Engineering Co. of Lakewood to conduct the preliminary engineering study on the closed northern segment of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail from the dam west along Upper Bear Creek Road has been closed since April because of drainage and stability issues.

    At the EPRD board meeting Jan. 24, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor informed board members that Muller Engineering will be looking at possible short- and long-term solutions for the trail.

  • Lady Lobos struggle to match TJ’s intensity

    DENVER — It’s hard playing on the road. Not many teams can play well out of their element, especially when their opponent is known for being fiercely aggressive. Such was the case for the Conifer Lady Lobos, who lost 57-27 at Thomas Jefferson on Jan. 30.

  • Can you spell D-R-A-W?

    A satisfying cadence infuses the words spelled aloud at a bee — staccato, enunciated, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.

    The 80-minute Mountain Area Spelling Bee on Jan. 25 at Wilmot Elementary saw 21 third- through seventh-graders using their spelling-bee cadences as they went through round after round.

    This year’s contest had its dramatic moments, and after the final two contestants went 10 rounds spelling difficult words correctly, bee officials declared it a draw, and those two students will be sent to the state bee.

  • Debrunner sisters carry Lady Lobos

    Ianna Debrunner feels as if she’s swimming pretty well this late in the season, but she says she’s still not at her best. The Conifer High senior hopes she can get there.

    Well, she was pretty good Jan. 27 in the 200-yard individual medley at Wulf Rec Center. Debrunner swam a time of 2 minutes, 31.71 seconds, clipping Golden’s Emma MacCallum at the finish line as part of a triangular meet, which also included Standley Lake.

  • Lady Cougars complete sweep of Lady Jaguars

    DENVER — Sun Tzu famously said,  “If you know the enemy and yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” The Evergreen Lady Cougars showed no signs of fear at they defeated host D’Evelyn 49-39 on Jan. 27.

    This was the second time the second-ranked Lady Cougars have defeated the Lady Jaguars this season. The last time the played one another Evergreen won 56-43 at home.

  • Speaker at Evergreen Country Day School will discuss creating ‘culture of dignity’ among kids

    Parents can learn tips on how to be involved in their children’s social lives and to help them navigate social media at a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Evergreen Country Day School.

    Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally recognized author and educator, will speak at 6 p.m. at the school, 1036 El Rancho Road. Wiseman has written several books and has developed a curriculum that teaches students and educators how to take responsibility for unethical behavior. Her organization is called Creating a Culture of Dignity.

  • Cougars are riding high

    Sometimes emotions can be a motivator for a team. 

    For Rhys Pennington-Sayler and the Evergreen Cougars, the raw passion the senior guard displayed after his rebound putback midway through the third quarter was the motivator the Cougars needed against visiting D’Evelyn on Jan. 27.

  • Music event to aid Springs resident Shelton

    The next Boogie at the Barn in Evergreen will have a new twist: Proceeds will go to Dave Shelton of Idaho Springs, who lost his home in a fire last year.

    Proceeds from the Feb. 4 event, which has become a mountain area music staple since 2012, usually go to area nonprofits such as the Mountain Resource Center, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Area Land Trust.

    This is the first time, according to organizers John and Pandora Erlandson, that they decided to provide assistance to an individual.