Today's News

  • Jeffco students named National Merit semifinalists

    Nearly two dozen Jeffco high-schoolers have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholar Program, including two mountain area students and 10 students at high schools in the South Jeffco area.

  • Former member of board questions tax increase, bond

    Jeffco Public Schools faced some staunch opposition last week to the bond and mill levy it hopes voters will approve on Election Day in November.

    At an election forum held at Center/Stage Theatre in Evergreen on Sept. 27, former school board member Laura Boggs highlighted what she sees as long-term financial ramifications of the proposed $535 million bond issue and $33 million property-tax increase intended to go toward facilities upgrades, compensation and other needs in the district.

  • Families donate snacks for deputies

    A Lookout Mountain family last week organized a community drive to collect snacks, sports drinks and other goodies for the Jeffco County Sheriff’s Office.

    Britt Gaskell and her three children decided that, in the wake of recent violence toward police officers across the country, they wanted to show their appreciation and “recognize all of you (officers) for your dedication and compassion to our community.”

  • KEEPING THE FAITH: At Beth Evergreen, Rabbi Arnold strives to offer ‘welcome, friendship’

    To get his students’ attention, Rabbi Jamie Arnold starts singing a catchy, simple song. Within a few seconds, the 20 or so classmates interrupt their conversations and join in. Then the group pauses for reflection.

    “Take a breath like it’s your first,” Arnold tells them. “Enjoy the breath like it’s your last.”

  • Sports briefs

    Cougars score first road win of the year at Falcon
    FALCON — The Evergreen Cougars got back to over .500 on the season with a 27-12 victory at Falcon on Sept. 30.

  • Lady Cougars don’t let third straight defeat deflate them

    The Lady Cougars weren’t feeling sorry for themselves on Sept. 29 as was evident by the rampant cheering in the dugout during every at-bat. 

    Pitcher Sidney Fairbanks flashed a smile here and there. Shortstop Jessica Bellatti clapped as she rounded first base on the team’s first hit — a solo homer in the fourth inning.

  • Cougars finish fifth at 4A state

    Winning a 4A state boys’ golf championship was going to be an uphill battle no matter how the Evergreen Cougars sliced it. With just three state qualifiers as opposed to four for most of the other contenders, there was no room for error for Evergreen.

  • EHS nets shutout victory

    CONIFER — A calm and composed demeanor, already a trademark of Dylan Stump’s character, came in quite handy in his No. 2 singles match against Sean Crosby on Sept. 28 at Conifer High School. 

    That’s because the Evergreen High senior, already down a set, was a game away from a straight-set defeat. Then, with a simple bit of self-advice, he turned the match around.

    “I just started putting more balls (in play),” Stump matter-of-factly said.

  • Youngsters operating farmers market at community garden

    A cornucopia of vegetables and fruits adorned two tables at the Buffalo Park Community Garden on Saturday as part of the youth farmers market.

    Cabbage, zucchini, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, green beans, apples, pears and plums were among the items for sale, and a steady stream of shoppers snapped them up. Several agreed they got quality produce at affordable prices.

    Teachers and students from Wilmot Elementary and Evergreen High School work at the farmers market at the community garden, which is in front of Wilmot.

  • Ornery elk rams resident’s car

    A bull elk rammed an Evergreen man’s car last Friday afternoon, leaving two holes on the passenger side. No one was injured.

    The same elk caused Wilmot Elementary School to not allow students to walk home because the bull and his harem were still in the area.

    The man, who asked not to be named, lives on Fairway Drive near the Greenwood Estates subdivision. He said a herd of elk had been in the area for more than a day, and three young bull elk were antagonizing the older one.