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Today's News

  • Hitz finds his way again in the nick of time

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    In trail racing, course knowledge can be a curse or a blessing, as was the case for the men’s and women’s winners of the Evergreen Mountain 15K.

    CJ Hitz, a Colorado Springs resident running the course for the first time, literally lost his way at the top of Evergreen Mountain when he held a substantial lead in the June 13 opener of the five-race Evergreen Trail Racing Series, whose title sponsor is The Wild Game.

  • Judge rules names of teachers absent during sick-outs can be released

    A Jeffco district judge ruled Friday that the school district should not be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, rejecting the teachers union's claim that sick days should be protected as personnel data. 

  • Clear Creek in Jeffco closed to recreational activities

    Streams are running so high and unpredictable that officials have closed Clear Creek in Jefferson County to most activity until further notice.

    People with inner tubes, belly boats and small rafts are not allowed in the creek, according to an announcement Friday by the Jeffco Sheriff's Office and the Golden Police Department. Swimmers and "body surfers" also are not permitted in the creek, the announcement said.

  • Fund-raiser planned at Wild Game for Nepali quake victims

    Evergreen’s bonds to Nepal and its earthquake victims will be highlighted again on Thursday, June 18, when Namlo International holds a fund-raiser at The Wild Game in Bergen Park.

    Evergreen filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest on April 25 when the earthquake hit the country. In a Facebook post, Jeffco teacher Jane Manly said her brother Woody also was on Mount Everest at the time of the avalanche. Manly did not return requests for comment. 

  • Infighting threatens funding for arts

    Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered!

    That should be the simple lesson for some grousing small arts organizations that have argued that the proposal to continue the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and shift modest revenues from large organizations to smaller ones doesn’t give them enough.

  • Resident faces assault, harassment charges in Hiwan Hills incident

    An Evergreen man who was taken into custody June 9 at his home in Hiwan Hills has been charged with third-degree assault and harassment, both in relation to alleged domestic violence, and prohibited use of a weapon, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

    Deputies arrested Hans Eric Hansen, 52, late in the afternoon after responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

  • Gun shop set to open in downtown Evergreen

    Evergreen will have a full-service gun shop beginning June 19.

    Yankee Creek Munitions will open on the east side of downtown Evergreen next to Revival Brews. Glenn Adams of Evergreen and Bob Dotson of Bailey own the shop, which will carry handguns, long guns, ammunition, supplies, parts and other items.

    Their friend, Mark Molberg of Centennial, will help in the store, plus provide gun-smithing services.

    Adams has been selling guns from his home on Yankee Creek Road for two years, and he decided it was time to open his own shop.

  • Self-defense classes teach women to fight back

    Holly O’Neal has a passion for making sure women can defend themselves if they are attacked — especially high school graduates attending college in the fall.

    Coincidentally, Nick Kapande from Nick’s Pro Fitness has the same passion.

    The two put their heads together, and the result was two two-hour seminars last week to teach high school graduates, a few moms and a couple of younger siblings the basics of self-defense.

  • Two types of doves appearing at area feeders

    Yesterday I received a report on last year’s Thanksgiving Bird Count. This count is done at your home feeding station for one hour on Thanksgiving Day. It is held in 12 western states, so it is especially interesting to western birders.

    Last year, the five most numerous birds seen remained the same as they have been for several years. The most commonly seen birds were 1, dark-eyed juncos; 2, house sparrows; 3, house finches; 4, black-capped chickadees; and 5, mourning doves. There were a total of 137 species seen in the 12-state area.

  • Sculpted to perfection

    Sculptor Dan Toone stood in front of his piece as it was being installed in downtown Evergreen.

    While Toone, from Taylorsville, Utah, said he didn’t worry that something might go wrong during the installation, his crossed arms and hand over his mouth belied something a bit different.

    The 300-pound, 11-foot metal sculpture called "Austere" now stands in front of Evergreen Crafters as part of the yearly Sculpture Walk sponsored by Sculpture Evergreen, formerly Art for the Mountain Community.