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  • Saying a final goodbye to my...

    When I wake up this morning, I’ll be a new man.

    I won’t be a 20-something anymore. I will be 30.

    Admittedly, it’s still a little strange seeing that in print. I feel like I’ve been in my twenties forever, so, moving into a new chapter of my life will take a little time to adjust to.

    As I take time to look back, I can see that my twenties were filled with many big moments in my life.

    Here’s just a few:

  • Majestic eagles growing in...

    Aside from the usual nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, siskins and juncos, there haven’t been many unusual birds around this winter. I have had several Townsend’s solitaries reported, crows and magpies, and a few red-winged blackbirds, but nothing really unusual or exciting. The red-winged blackbirds seem to be a remnant of birds that never left last fall. They have stayed on at the lake because there are plenty of feeders available in the area, and they return to the lake every evening to roost in the cattails overnight.

  • Nothing like a nutty nuthatch

    The warm, spring-like weather of last week melted enough ice along the road that I finally ventured out for a walk. Even though it is now winter again, it was delightful to have a “spring break” and the reassurance that spring really will be here soon.

  • Quartet of Cougars sign National...

    Initially, Ryan Haebe was all about basketball.

    With a father, Scott, serving as Evergreen’s varsity boys coach, it’s easy to understand why Haebe’s first focus would be on hoops.

    And, to that end, Haebe has fared well for himself on the hardcourt; he’s the Cougars’ starting point guard this season.

    But, when Haebe graduates in a few months and then dashes off to college, his basketball career will come to an end.

    His athletic career, though, will only be just beginning.

  • Evergreen wins lackluster Power...

    The Power Cup was a flicker of its former self Feb. 5.

     

    The coveted traveling trophy, awarded each year to the winner of the mountain wrestling rivalry, packed enough drama for a Dixie Cup. Maybe.

     

    Thanks to a rash of injuries, low roster numbers and general gamesmanship, the Evergreen Cougars and Conifer Lobos did just about everything but wrestle in Conifer’s gym. The teams combined to forfeit 11 of the 14 weights, while the only Conifer wrestlers to break a sweat were from the junior varsity squad.

     

  • Ladies fall to Farmers

    WHEAT RIDGE — From the outset, Evergreen’s girls basketball team has been branded with the dreaded “talented but inexperienced” title.

    Eighteen games into the season and the Cougars’ inexperience is still something the team is working on.

    Against a Wheat Ridge team that implored a heavy dose of half-court trapping and full-court pressure defense, Evergreen struggled to get into its half-court set. When they did manage to break the press, they’d turn the ball over trying to force the issue.

  • Turnovers turn tide

    turn•o•ver  tûrn´ö´ver

    1. (in a game) the loss of possession of the ball to the opposing team.

    2. a small pie made by folding a piece of pastry over on itself to enclose a sweet filling.

    Evergreen boys basketball coach Scott Haebe has seen far too many possessions lost to the opposing team this season; and probably not nearly enough pastries.

  • If it smells bad, leave it alone

    Of all the different animals one can encounter in our woods, there is one that most people tend to avoid like the plague. Skunks are not popular with anyone, even though they are generally quite friendly and have no intention of doing us any harm. Their terrible odor has earned them the respect of all other animals, including man.

  • Solitaries defend their winter...

    It looks like this may be a good year for winter birds. There is a bumper crop of “berries” on the Rocky Mountain cedar trees in our area and a heavy yield of cones on the blue spruce and Douglas fir trees. Townsend’s solitaires have already moved into the area to feast on blue berries on cedar trees, and it is highly probable that crossbills will discover the spruce and Douglas fir crop before the winter is over.

  • And the birds still sing

    As most of the readers of this column know, my dear husband, Bill, passed away on Nov. 19. Since that time the Canyon Courier has been most helpful to me in many ways, including reprinting past columns for several weeks. I am most grateful for their many kindnesses and continuing support.

    Now, I must go on with my life without my dearest companion, and that includes resuming this column. I also most sincerely thank every reader who has sent me condolences.