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Today's News

  • Commissioners favor rezoning for development at Dinosaur Ridge — without car dealerships

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a rezoning that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, but after a marathon meeting they instead showed support for a substitute motion by Commissioner Libby Szabo to eliminate vehicle dealerships from the controversial development.

  • Lobos overcome sluggish 1st half, top Pirates

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — Conifer’s first boys basketball win in the 4A Colorado 7 League won’t go down as a classic. In fact, most agreed that the 67-58 home win over Alameda on Jan. 13 was one of the Lobos’ poorest efforts of the season — at least for the first half.

  • Cougars thwart Jeffco foe Jaguars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    January is the girls swimming equivalent of baseball’s dog days of summer, a period between the season’s biggest meets — the mid-December Colorado Coaches Invitational and the league and state championships in February. It’s a time when swimmers and coaches are focused on intensive training before tapering for the latter than performance times in the string of dual meets that proceeds them.

  • Rapids draft Evergreen product Hamilton

    Going into the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Sam Hamilton didn’t have any idea where he might fall. He tried to go into it with a fresh perspective and no expectations. 

    Sure, there was the slight possibility that he might land in the first round Jan. 13, but he figured it was most likely that he would go in the second, third or fourth round.

    But 15th overall and to the hometown Colorado Rapids?

  • Lobos’ Condit getting it done

    Zander Condit can’t exactly describe his wrestling style, but the Conifer High freshman doesn’t really have to. All of his talking is being done on the mat. He proved as much Jan. 14 at the Evergreen Invitational.

    The 126-pounder won four consecutive matches, including a pinfall victory over Fossil Ridge’s Will Henrickson in 1 minute, 19 seconds in the championship bout at Evergreen High School.

  • Evergreen High students raise funds to give Littleton boy his wish

    The Evergreen High School Student Senate hopes the community will get behind its fund-raising efforts to help pay for a student’s wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    The group is raising money for 12-year-old Dan, a middle-schooler in Littleton. Dan faced a heart transplant, and his wish is to go to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., through the foundation. Students hope to raise $2,500 by Jan. 27.

  • Shrikes common in foothills, though not easy to identify

    (Reprinted from Jan. 23, 2008)

    For some time now, the birds at our feeders have been nervous, flying into the prickly thickness of a nearby blue spruce or darting into the lilac bushes every time anything moves in the yard or even inside the window. Such behavior, especially in cold, snowy weather, can mean only one thing. There is a predator of some kind working in the area. But what kind? That is the question.

  • T-wreck: a legacy from politicians past

    “Solid stone is just sand and water, baby.

    Sand and water, and a million years gone by.”

    — Beth Nielsen Chapman

    HIGH ABOVE THE STEGOSAURUS LOT — On a chilly and snowy Sunday, no birds of prey are visible from the raptor observation area along the trail, and no hikers or bikers pass by. To the south, clouds close in on the Rooney Valley, and throughout the gray landscape a sense of foreboding looms.

  • Protesters rally against Rooney Valley rezoning

    Some dressed in full-on dinosaur costumes, others wore dinosaur hats, and many carried signs proclaiming, “No car dealerships, no rezoning” — all to protest a rezoning application that would have allowed auto dealerships, hotels and retail on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Rotary kicks off 11th Ice Melt Contest

    For the past 10 years, mountain area residents and their out-of-town friends and family have placed their bets on Mother Nature — specifically, how long will it take for the ice on Evergreen Lake to melt enough that a 20-pound barrel will fall in the water.

    This year will be no exception, as the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club placed the newly painted bright yellow barrel on the ice at the lake Jan. 11 to kick off the annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest.