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Today's News

  • Austrians, EHS players share cultures

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    On a cool afternoon, a group of snowboarders came down off the the slopes to play a little baseball? In November?

    Apparently, any time is a good time for a ball game at Evergreen High School, especially if it’s against the Austrian parallel snowboarding team, who were nearby by training at Copper Mountain for the 2014 Snowboard World Cup in December. 

  • Trimarco ready for the spotlight

    The changes in Annie Trimarco’s game may not be all that noticeable at first glance, but take a closer look and one can see the Evergreen senior’s confidence growing by leaps and bounds.

    “My confidence has definitely gone up,” Trimarco said. “It has to do a lot with me being more comfortable and this being my last year. It’s my last chance to prove myself.”

  • Elected officials say hello, goodbye

    Conifer residents recently said goodbye to outgoing elected officials and were greeted by their replacements.

    “Thank you for the support you’ve always shown me,” said Jeffco County Commissioner Don Rosier. “I’ve always been impressed with Conifer and how you always come together as a community.”

  • Bergen Valley oral interpretation contest winners
  • Currants make a tasty meal for mice and bears

    Beneath the ponderosa pine that grows outside my window is a wax or squaw currant bush, Ribes cereum. This shrub is probably one of the most important plants that grows in the foothills.

    The fact that the berries turn a wax-like orange-red when ripe accounts for the common name of wax currant. The other common name of squaw currant simply refers to an old name for the Native American women who used these berries in many ways. Although tart, with the addition of a little sugar they make a tasty jelly or sauce.

  • Tinseled tannenbaums tout a yummy yule tradition

    Father Christmas would have been pleased when more than 200 guests gathered at the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday evening for the 14th annual Wine Tasting and Festival of Trees. 

    Presented by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together local businesses, Colorado wineries and chamber supporters for a night of mostly giving and, for some lucky silent-auction bidders, a night of receiving. 

  • Indian Hills fire board trimming proposed 2015 budget to decrease shortfall

    The board of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District looked at ways to reduce spending during a hearing on the 2015 budget on Nov. 19.

    The proposed 2015 budget for the fire district shows approximately $297,000 in projected income and nearly $369,000 in expenses.

    The projected shortfall of nearly $72,000 for 2015 is substantially less that the $97,000 deficit projected for this year — an amount that Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson said was budgeted, but was not actually used, in 2014.

  • Jeffco Public Health proposes changes to septic rules in Indian Hills

    In some areas of Indian Hills, an outright prohibition on septic systems exists because of a Jefferson County regulation dating from 1979.

    To allow development on four properties along Parmalee Gulch Road, the Jeffco Board of Health is considering removing them from the list prohibiting septic systems.

    These lots include tracts J, K and L of Alpine Village and Lot 15, Block 1, fifth filing, Indian Hills.

  • Railroad Museum featuring Polar Express ride for kids

    You can wear your pajamas to the special Polar Express-theme train ride, as well as visit with Santa.

    Evergreen resident Rick Bernstein has put together a 75-minute production and train ride to the “North Pole.” It includes flying reindeer and dancing waiters at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. 

    “We have reindeer that look like elk, and (Evergreen) has elk that look like reindeer,” Bernstein joked when asked about the production.

  • Fire district plans new user fees to offset revenue drop

    Evergreen Fire Protection District officials plan to add new user fees and to increase existing fees by up to 15 percent to offset an expected drop in property-tax revenue in 2015.

    Probably the biggest proposed fee — fire officials plan to charge drivers $500 for traffic accidents the district responds to, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. Only drivers who live outside the district would be charged, since they don’t the pay property taxes that make up the majority of the fire district’s revenue.