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Today's News

  • Coming into its own

    Lacrosse is a fast-paced game. It’s also viewed as a blend of many sports. 

    It’s soccer, but a little faster. It’s hockey, primarily more so on the boys side than the girls because of its can-be physical nature. It’s basketball. It’s all rolled into one.

    And it’s coming into its own, especially the girls game.

  • Woodpeckers make appearance at area feeders

    Today brought both a hairy and downy woodpecker to the feeder outside my window. Although it is not a suet feeder, the black-oil sunflower seeds that were in the mixed seeds at the feeder seemed to meet their needs. The hairy and downy woodpeckers are often confused because they are similarly patterned, black-and-white woodpeckers, but they are very different in size.

    Both birds are found widely spread across America, very much alike except in the Pacific Northwest, where the white on the birds are not a clean pure white but is instead more grayish-brownish white.

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Betty Casserole offers hot dishes delivered to your door

    Are you in the mood for a casserole for dinner, one you don’t have to fix yourself?

    Then you may want to consider Betty Casserole. 

    It’s a new service based in Kittredge that delivers a casserole to your door — either hot and ready for the dinner table or cold but ready to be warmed up later.

    While the concept and even the name sound like something out of a “Leave It to Beaver” television script, this business is more than that.

  • Fire destroys home in Evergreen subdivision

    Fire destroyed a house in the Blue Valley subdivision in Evergreen on Tuesday afternoon, after the home's residents were forced to evacuate.

    No injuries occurred in the blaze at 101 Bluebell Lane, which was reported about 2:15 p.m. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters from the Clear Creek Fire Authority and Evergreen Fire/Rescue arrived, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Cougars score a pair of road wins to open the 2015 season
    PARKER — Evergreen High has opened the Steve Jones era on a good note, winning its first two games of the 2015 season. The Cougars pounded out a 17-8 road win at Ponderosa on March 19.

    Evergreen opened the season with a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Erie three days earlier.

    Dylan Schmoker had two of the Cougars’ five hits in the win over Erie. Alec Moens, who had one of the other three hits, picked up the win.

  • EHS handles uniqueness of Jeffco Relays

    LAKEWOOD — Camille Morales called the 4x1,600-meter run a “good mental workout.” It is that indeed. It’s also a grind.

    The unique run — four consecutive runners tackling the track at Jeffco Stadium four times around — is not one of the more common events on the track and field slate. As a matter of fact, March 18 will probably be the only time this season that Morales, Caitlin Schmitt, Sydney Grob and Carolyn Graven will run it. But they ran it faster than anyone else at the 4A Jeffco League Relays.

  • Holley picks up where she left off

    GOLDEN — Applewood Golf Course is sort of a special place for Natalie Holley. Last year, as a freshman, the Evergreen golfer made her high school varsity debut here. 

    She didn’t play as well as she would March 18 in the 4A Jeffco League season opener, but it was a great learning experience.

  • First spring migrants appear in foothills

    As March draws to a close, it feels more like spring every day. I love this time of year when winter slowly loses its grip on the land, and spring gets closer every day.

    Some days when the sky is blue and the temperature rises well above 60 degrees, you feel like spring is already here. Those of us who have lived here for awhile know better; we also know it may snow tomorrow, and it will be a long time still before Elk Meadow looks green instead of grayish-tan.

  • Pottery exhibit reflects history of Indian Hills

    The Pottery of Indian Hills exhibit at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen reflects an era when a pueblo flourished in the mountain community.

    The brightly glazed works in hues of turquoise and brown were created at the abandoned NaTeSo Pueblo in Indian Hills, which Willard Spence of Denver purchased in 1949. After attempting to revive the pueblo that George Olinger, a developer of Indian Hills, established as a tourist attraction in the early 1920s, Spence began making pottery at the site.