Today's News

  • Pro, con sides on EFR tax hike heard at forum

    The cost of providing emergency medical services is growing, and an increase in property taxes isn't a realistic way of covering those increasing expenses — at least that was the message opponents of Evergreen Fire/Rescue's proposed mill levy delivered at a candidates' forum at Evergreen's Center/Stage Theatre last week.

    John Putt, a former volunteer firefighter and communications manager for EFR, spoke about why he thinks the community should vote against the ballot measure and instead spend more time exploring other options.

  • 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.