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Today's News

  • School bus, semi damaged in early-morning crash

      A school bus and a semi collided early Friday morning on Highway 74 between Kittredge and Evergreen, leaving both vehicles damaged and one driver with minor injuries.

    No students were on the bus at the time, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. No one was transported to a hospital.

    It was unclear which vehicle caused the accident. Lewis said reports didn't specify which way the bus was traveling.

  • Openness discussed behind closed doors

    Given the fact that a major theme of the coordinated campaign of all five members of the newly elected Jefferson County Board of Education was the lack of transparency their predecessors exhibited, it was more than a little disappointing when one of the first announced activities of the new board was to enter a secret session to discuss compliance with open-government requirements.

  • Jeffco Fair getting makeover with county management, funding

    This year’s Jefferson County Fair will feature traditional and new events reflecting the diversity of the county, says Dexter Foxworth, recently hired fairgrounds event coordinator.

    County management and funding have created the chance to make the annual fair in Golden a unique experience, a celebration of Jefferson County, Foxworth said.

    Last summer Jeffco’s county commissioners agreed to assume management of the fair, approving a budget of $300,000 to produce it.

  • Evergreen park district offers cross-country ski outings

    Cross-country skiers looking for opportunities to hit the slopes without the hassle of driving to them can sign up for outings offered by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Many of the trips beginning this month take skiers to Nordic centers at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash and Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park. Other trips are to ski resorts at Eldora, Grand Lake and Leadville. All ski outings take place on groomed, marked trails.

  • Master plan to connect Evergreen with trails, bike lanes completed

    An ambitious master plan to link key areas of Evergreen through trails and bike lanes is complete after more than a year of development.

    The next step is deciding on the first project to build in the Evergreen Trails Master Plan, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, which is leading the effort.

    Once DEED selects a feasible project, the organization will begin seeking partners and grant funding to implement it, Dalvit said.

  • Record crowd makes a splash at Evergreen Lake Plunge

    Everybody who participated in Drive Smart’s much-anticipated eighth annual Evergreen Lake Plunge had her own reason to strip down and jump in.

    For Drive Smart’s executive director, Jackie Mohr, it may have been a case of leading by example. Mohr dreamed up the event back in 2009 and could hardly ask her neighbors to take a dip that she will not. In any case, by noon on New Year’s Day, her cold-blooded brand of leadership appeared to have inspired a whole lot of hot-blooded emulation.

  • On son’s road to recovery, Evergreen family leans on faith

    Hope and positivity are the best words to describe Evergreen’s Babb family, whose son Tommy was in a freak accident Dec. 27 while on a family vacation in Hawaii.

    The injuries have affected Tommy’s mobility, though it’s too soon to tell just how severely. However, family members — dad Steve, mom Christa, brother Adam and sister Claire — say they are embracing their new reality and moving forward, with their Christian faith as a guide.

  • Wilmot Elementary finds the perfect mascot

    The Wilmot Elementary Wildcats now have a real wildcat as their mascot.

    Students last fall collected the necessary money — $120 —to adopt Mitchell the bobcat, who lives at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg.

    Jenna Audlin, the third-grader who spearheaded the adoption drive, promises that Mitchell won’t be moving into the school, but will stay in Keenesburg instead. She hopes her Girl Scout troop or maybe even the entire school can travel to the sanctuary to visit the newest Wilmot Wildcat.

  • Two gray birds dominate during winter season

    (Reprinted from Jan. 12, 2010)

    It is winter again this week. Snowflakes have been in the air several times, but so far, we haven’t accumulated much, just added clean sheets to the snow bed that was already on the ground.

  • Cougars win family affair

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Evergreen’s girls basketball coach Amy (Mohr) Bahl has the sport in her blood. And in the family she married into.

    She was a standout player at Fort Lewis College from 2001-05. She left as the school’s career leader in points, rebounds, field goals, free throws and steals.