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Today's News

  • Kept in the dark at light speed

    When my sister and I were young, we loved the 1960s space opera “Lost in Space.” And, without a doubt, our favorite episode involved various members of the wandering Robinson family silently disappearing from the Jupiter 2 one at a time, in apparent defiance of the laws of physics.

  • Warm weather, poor ice conditions scuttle Skate the Lake 2016

    Skate the Lake, the popular New Year’s Eve celebration that features fireworks, music, broomball and other amusements, has been canceled because of recent warm temperatures and poor ice conditions at Evergreen Lake.

    Event sponsor Drive Smart and the Evergreen Park and Rec District announced Tuesday afternoon that, despite the best efforts of EPRD’s ice-grooming crew, conditions on the lake surface would not permit the show to go on Saturday night.

  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.

  • Community gives thousands to area nonprofits on Colorado Gives Day

    Area nonprofits made out well on Dec. 6 — Colorado Gives Day — as Coloradans donated more than $3 million to entities in Jeffco and about $42,000 to those in Park County.

    According to Kayla Arnesen with the Community First Foundation, which organizes Colorado Gives Day in collaboration with FirstBank, about 11,000 donors contributed $3.43 million to 227 organizations in Jeffco and Parkco; the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and PeaceWorks Inc. were among the nonprofits that received the highest number of donations.

  • All-conference football teams

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  • Top-ranked Evergreen rolls over Conifer

    CONIFER — Claudia Dillon and all of the Evergreen Lady Cougars, for that matter, recognized the chip on their shoulders. After all, just days before, Evergreen, last year’s state runner-up, moved up to No. 1 in the latest CHSAANow.com 4A girls basketball poll. So having a letdown, especially against rival Conifer just days before Christmas was not something the Lady Cougars wanted. But the recognition was something welcomed.

  • Cougars run over Lobos

    CONIFER — Run, run and run some more.

    If the Dec. 21 non-conference encounter between rivals Evergreen and Conifer had been a track meet, the Cougars would’ve been sprinters in a four-quarter distance race. There was no second speed. It was just go, go, go full-speed ahead, and it worked to perfection.

  • Lighting of the menorah celebrates Hanukkah on Christmas morning

    The annual Hanukkah celebration at the Evergreen Lake House this year took an unusual form.

    Rather than the typical evening lighting of the menorah, Rabbi Levi Brackman of Judaism in the Foothills held a short ceremony on Christmas morning. This year, Hanukkah began Dec. 24 and will end on New Year’s Eve.

    Brackman said it was the first time he’s orchestrated a morning menorah lighting, but that it was good to mix things up a bit.

  • Winter cottonwoods and a new year of good birding

    Reprinted from Dec. 31, 2008

    The good news is that the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. From now on, each day grows a bit longer until the spring equinox brings equal days and nights, the official beginning of spring.

    Actually, the first signs of spring appear long before March 21. Easter daises will be found blooming in February, early migrant birds will begin to move, and the twigs of the cottonwoods and willows will begin to glow with color as sap rises upward to nourish buds and soon-to-be flowers and leaves.

  • Time well spent: Parmalee students participate in Hour of Code

    A class of Parmalee Elementary School first-graders received a lesson in computer coding recently when the school for the first time participated in the Hour of Code.

    The initiative, hosted by nonprofit code.org, aims to expand access to computer science and broaden interest in the field. For Parmalee, participation in the Hour of Code was a natural next step after the school organized a well-attended early-morning coding club in 2014.