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Today's Sports

  • Burning rubber, money

    MORRISON — Drag racing is always about the numbers.

    How many seconds does it take to cross the finish line, what is the top speed and was it all better than the car running next to you?

    So with that simple and relatively pure way to look at things, some of the numbers hanging around this sport, which saw the top drivers and crews in the nation make their annual pilgrimage to the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway this past weekend, are quite sobering.

  • Nothing says fun like a Triple...

    CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Missy Carlisle spent a decade away from the Triple Bypass, which means she had plenty of time to come up with a good excuse not to come back.

    She had well over 3,000 days in fact, to think about how much she enjoyed not cranking up Squaw, Loveland and Vail passes, or how much she enjoyed not having to ride west from Georgetown, along a congested I-70. Or just how safer it was to be at home rather than worry if it would rain that July day, or if the winds would be too harsh.

  • Wildflowers dot the landscape,...

    The wildflowers have been spectacular this year. I can’t quite get used to the peak bloom being in June, for I am accustomed to the peak of spring bloom being in May, for that is when the broad-leafed deciduous forests of western New York are carpeted in bloom. I had forgotten that the peak of bloom is in June in Colorado. What a glorious month it has been. Not only is it green from all the rain we now have had, but now all that verdant green is splattered with the color of various wildflowers.

  • Girl and dog enjoy first race...

    EVERGREEN — Running, or any form of exercise, is typically more enjoyable when you have someone to share the experience with.

    Abby Bond likes to run. She also likes her 11 year-old dog, Sasha.

    About a month ago, the 14 year-old Bond combined her two interests. The results were magic.

    The duo set out a couple of times a week on runs that would go around three miles. On the non-running days, Bond and her trusty sidekick made sure to at least get in a quality walk.

  • No guts, no glory

    EVERGREEN — Nathan Rice’s Fourth of July began with a thud and a little bit of blood.

    Rice was tripped up at the start line of the Freedom Run 5k and came away with a few cuts and scrapes on his hands and legs.

    The Lafayette resident didn’t stay down long. He quickly dusted himself off, then caught up with the lead pack and made his winning move with a half-mile to go, claiming the Freedom Run title with a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds.

  • Mustangs outscore Cougars

    There were times when the Evergreen Cougars scored at will July 1 against the Ralston Valley Mustangs.

    There were times when the Mustangs did the same. And they did it more.

    The Cougars tried to keep pace as the Mustangs lit the proverbial barn and started running. Despite clawing back from an early hole, the Cougars were dropped 18-9 in five innings ahead of the final week of regular-season summer baseball.

  • Saving birds from death from...

    About five years ago I was reading about the thousands of migrating birds killed every year by flying into windows. I had been concerned about the many birds that hit my big picture windows every year and decided I should do something about it. The article I read also told about a college student who was doing research on the problem and mentioned that a black-plastic anti-deer fabric had the best results in his tests.

  • Slacker draws record crowd

    GEORGETOWN — With his Michael Jordan tank top, plaid shorts and basketball shoes, Brady Eftong looked like a guy that was out walking his dog on June 27 and got swept up in a marathon.

    That’s pretty much what happened.

  • The many and varied forms of...

    Last week we took a brief look at the white clematis, or Western virgin’s bower. This week we will take a look at a very similar plant known as yellow clematis or Chinese clematis, formerly Clematis orientalis. This is the plant that is on the noxious weed list and which so many people are concerned about.

  • Rodeo goes to the bulls

    EVERGREEN — The bulls left their marks this past weekend in the annual Evergreen Rodeo.

    The Professional Bull Riders event on June 19 began with a successful ride by a young man from Illinois. The poor soul got knocked off around the 9-second mark, only to land face first in a pile of, well, stuff. Green, smelly stuff from his eyebrow to his shirt collar and packed nicely in his right ear.

    Sunday’s final event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event saw Jeston Mead stay on for eight seconds, only to fall down and have his bull step on his neck.