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Today's Sports

  • EHS handles uniqueness of Jeffco...

    LAKEWOOD — Camille Morales called the 4x1,600-meter run a “good mental workout.” It is that indeed. It’s also a grind.

    The unique run — four consecutive runners tackling the track at Jeffco Stadium four times around — is not one of the more common events on the track and field slate. As a matter of fact, March 18 will probably be the only time this season that Morales, Caitlin Schmitt, Sydney Grob and Carolyn Graven will run it. But they ran it faster than anyone else at the 4A Jeffco League Relays.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Cougars score a pair of road wins to open the 2015 season
    PARKER — Evergreen High has opened the Steve Jones era on a good note, winning its first two games of the 2015 season. The Cougars pounded out a 17-8 road win at Ponderosa on March 19.

    Evergreen opened the season with a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Erie three days earlier.

    Dylan Schmoker had two of the Cougars’ five hits in the win over Erie. Alec Moens, who had one of the other three hits, picked up the win.

  • Cost more than doubles for bike...

    The cost has more than doubled to build a bike path on the north side of Interstate 70 for a 2-mile stretch between the Genesee and El Rancho exits.

    New railings are required on the path because of steep drop-offs, and constructions costs have risen, making for a $1.45 million increase from the previous $1.25 million estimate, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

    State transportation officials have received "enhancement funds" for the path, which is planned to be built starting in August, Wilfong said.

  • Common house wren sings its...

    When I stretched out on my bed on the afternoon of May 12, I had only intended to rest my old back for a few minutes. But of course, I fell asleep. I was awakened about 20 minutes later by the bubbling song of a house wren.

    It had been an exceptionally warm day, and I had my windows open a few inches. The house wren sang again, this time louder than before. It was sitting on my windowsill, singing his welcome to the fine spring day.

  • Volunteers create Bison Trail at...

    Dodging wet snow showers, 112 volunteers constructed nearly 4,000 feet of the Bison Trail at Genesee Park on Saturday.

    The large group working on the hiking and biking trail were part of an effort organized by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, which has a partnership with Denver Mountain Parks. Using shovels and other tools, the volunteers dug into the soil and tamped it down, creating a 2 to 3-foot-wide trail.

  • Boating season opens at...

    Boating season at Evergreen Lake has opened with limited hours of operation on weekends until Memorial Day weekend, when the summer schedule begins.

    Paddle boats, kayaks, fishing boats and sailboats are available for renting at hourly rates.

    Stand-up paddle boarding also will be offered to visitors again this season. Evergreen Park and Recreation District staff are overseeing this popular activity this year, rather than using the services of a vendor as in previous years, said Ellen O’Connor, EPRD executive director.

  • White-breasted nuthatches begin...

    Almost everyone who has a bird feeder in a wooded area has a pair or two of white-breasted nuthatches coming to it. Although some books refer to them as being entirely insectivorous, I have watched them eat sunflower seeds at my feeders.

  • Boulder raspberry a good shrub...

    Many readers of this column have asked for suggestions on the best trees and shrubs to plant in landscaping their homes in this area. If you need large trees, there is nothing better than the native ponderosa pine, blue spruce and Douglas fir.

    However, the blue spruce and Douglas fir need a bit more water and do their best in a ravine on a north slope, while a ponderosa pine will grow on a south slope. All of these or any other trees will need extra water for the first two to three years until they become established.

  • Foothills offer plant...

    The various plant communities that make up part of any biological study are usually the most interesting part to me. I took my first course in ecology in the summer of 1937. At that time, ecology was considered a new science concerning the interrelationship between the many things found in a wildlife community.

  • Pasque flowers, hummingbirds...

    Spring in here! No matter how much more snow may still fall, spring is here. My friend and neighbor, Karel Buckley, called me on Monday evening, April 6, too late to make last week’s column, to tell me she had seen her first pasque flower in bloom on Sunday, April 5, and had heard her first hummingbird on the next day, Monday, April 6. These are the two species that people ask about and look for to establish the arrival of spring.