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Today's News

  • Wilmot Elementary finds the perfect mascot

    The Wilmot Elementary Wildcats now have a real wildcat as their mascot.

    Students last fall collected the necessary money — $120 —to adopt Mitchell the bobcat, who lives at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg.

    Jenna Audlin, the third-grader who spearheaded the adoption drive, promises that Mitchell won’t be moving into the school, but will stay in Keenesburg instead. She hopes her Girl Scout troop or maybe even the entire school can travel to the sanctuary to visit the newest Wilmot Wildcat.

  • Two gray birds dominate during winter season

    (Reprinted from Jan. 12, 2010)

    It is winter again this week. Snowflakes have been in the air several times, but so far, we haven’t accumulated much, just added clean sheets to the snow bed that was already on the ground.

  • Cougars win family affair

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Evergreen’s girls basketball coach Amy (Mohr) Bahl has the sport in her blood. And in the family she married into.

    She was a standout player at Fort Lewis College from 2001-05. She left as the school’s career leader in points, rebounds, field goals, free throws and steals.

  • Spinal scoliosis doesn’t slow down Hellard

    By Chelsy Woods Klein — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Water is a great source of magnification.

    Maggie Hellard, a co-captain on Evergreen’s girls swimming and diving team this season, has gone through a lot under the microscope of water while being a key cog for the two-time defending Class 4A state champions.

    Hellard, an Evergreen resident who is homeschooled, was diagnosed with spinal scoliosis — a condition characterized by an abnormal curve in the spine.

  • Former CHS teacher hopes to open charter school

    A former Conifer High teacher is hoping to establish a Conifer-area charter school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Conifer resident Ashley Sportel said she plans to submit an application for Impact Academy — which she said would use some variation of the “expeditionary” learning model — to the Jeffco school district this year, with an eye toward opening in 2017.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Evergreen firefighters douse small brush fire

    Evergreen firefighters were quick to douse a small brush fire Saturday afternoon on Upper Bear Creek in Clear Creek County. 

    The blaze, in dry vegetation on a south-facing slope near Evans Ranch, was about an acre in size. Firefighters arrived minutes after the fire was reported and extinguished the flames shortly after arriving.

    “It proves that wildland fires do happen in winter,” said Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokesman Doug Saba.

    The flames reportedly were extinguished just before 2 p.m. 

  • Marshmallows and merriment mark Skate the Lake

    There’s a reason people come from throughout the Front Range to spend New Year’s Eve in Evergreen. 

    “There’s just nothing else like this,” said Randy Coleman, gently holding his 4-year-old daughter, Nikki, in an upright posture as she tested the size-nothing ice skates laced to her tiny feet. “This is our third Skate the Lake. If this wasn’t going on, I don’t think we’d do anything on New Year’s Eve.”

  • Tap water returns to normal color after firefighting effort

    Tap water in the neighborhood adjacent to the Evergreen Golf Course seems to be back to normal after firefighters tapped into two hydrants on New Year’s Day to help douse a house fire on Golf Way.

    The water became discolored, but there was no health risk, according to Dave Lighthart, general manager for the Evergreen Metropolitan District. He said the discoloration was confined to that neighborhood, and his office received seven calls from residents concerned about water safety.