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Today's Sports

  • Snow, migrating birds drift in...

    There are many who complain that the weather forecasters on television never predict the weather correctly.

    However, they were right on this past week when they predicted that a cold front would arrive on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 10, and that it would remain for four days.

  • Cross-country ski trail proposed...

    An Olympics-sanctioned cross-country ski trail could be created this winter on Old Squaw Pass Road and other roads near Echo Mountain Resort.

    Supporters want the trail to run from the privately owned Echo Mountain on Colorado 103 west to Echo Lake at the base of Mount Evans, according to Nora Pykkonen, owner of the ski area. Members of the U.S.  Olympic Committee have looked at the proposed trail to see if it would be a suitable venue for a race, she said.

  • Time to put out birdseed as cold...

    The first snow arrived during the night last Friday and stayed on the ground between the clumps of grasses. As winter approaches, I always receive a number of inquiries about how and what to feed birds.

  • Finding red in a sea of fall gold

    We have very little in the way of red fall colors in this area. However, we do have a native heuchera, closely related to the coral bells that are known to every gardener.

    It bears a spike of greenish-white flowers in summer and grows in a dinner plate-size clump of leaves that turn a bright orange-red in fall.

    Wild strawberries also produce a few red leaves in fall, and some of the many varieties of potentilla also have red leaves, but all of these are so well concealed among the grasses and other plants that they are often overlooked.

  • Juncos are beginning to arrive...

    While hiking through the winter woods, the persistent call of chickadees will often alert you to the presence of a mixed flock of winter birds. These flocks usually consist of only a few chickadees, two or three nuthatches, and possibly a song sparrow, a downy woodpecker and a few dark-eyed juncos.

    Juncos are small, mostly gray members of the finch family, which are regular winter visitors at most local feeders. In 2000, the many species of juncos were brought together as only two species: the dark-eyed junco and the yellow-eyed junco.

  • Alliance with Pro Challenge...

    Organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride might partner with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race soon to help the well-known local event grow, according to its director.

    Pro Cycling officials contacted Triple Bypass organizers recently to offer marketing, promotion and potential sponsorship help, said Peter Morales, president of the board of directors for Team Evergreen, the nonprofit group that has run the Triple Bypass for 26 years.

  • Wildlife officials seek opinions...

    Wildlife officials want to know what you think about the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area — especially about dog walking and hunting there.

    They’ve gotten a bit of input from residents, but they’re looking for more, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The state agency manages the area west of Evergreen in the Upper Bear Creek drainage near the base of Mount Evans. The survey is open online through Nov. 20

  • A history of horsetails

    Do you still look in old familiar places to see if there are any new plants or animals around?

    Since I moved to Elk Run Assisted Living and I am no longer driving, I find that I am looking more and more frequently at the few things I can see from my windows and those that are available around the building.

  • New book peers into the private...

    I recently read a review of a new book that stirred my desire to actually read the book, so I called the Jefferson County library to inquire if it was available. The book is titled “The Thing With Feathers” by Noah Strycker, but it was the subtitle, “The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human” that really piqued my interest. They did indeed have it and so within a few days and a bookmobile visit later, I had it in my hands.

  • Wildlife officials want to...

    Wildlife officials want to get elk off the golf course, out of downtown and into more rural areas west of Evergreen.