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Today's Sports

  • Kids take the bait at Outdoor...

    Young people experienced the joy and frustration of fishing at the annual Outdoor Skills Day at Evergreen Lake recently.

    Children tall and small received rods and reels from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and got help with attaching bait and bobbers. The kids stood along the bank of the lake near the Evergreen Nature Center, flocked by parents, Evergreen Trout Unlimited members and rangers, who helped them with casting and reeling in their lines.

  • Rare and interesting ferns grow...

    Ferns are not what one could call abundant in Colorado, but we have a few, including some that are rare and interesting.

    The large stands of tall ferns found in the moist, rich eastern woodlands are not to be found in our dry climate, but we do have some rock and cliff dwellers as well as a few that grow in the sub-alpine bogs and meadows.

    The most common fern in the Evergreen area is the delicate brittle fern, Cystoperis fragilis. The stipe or stem of this fern is dark brown to black at the base, shading to straw color or green.

  • Warblers’ beautiful songs fill...

    I can hear what I believe to be a yellow warbler singing, but I haven’t seen it yet, so I am not positive of my identification because I don’t trust my ears. Unfortunately, my hearing is not what it used to be.

  • Volunteers improve Saddleback...

    After hiking up a steep slope with two heavy containers of water, crew leader Lauren Riegler of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado coordinated efforts to develop a trail on Saddleback Mountain on Friday.

    Divided into four groups, 49 volunteers cleared overgrown sections of the trail leading to the summit and installed steps to divert water away from the path and make hiking easier. During the seven hours they worked, volunteers placed 88 check steps and worked on more than 1,000 feet of trail on the mountain, Riegler said.

  • June’s showers bring July’s...

    There is an old saying in this area: “When it rains in June, the mariposa lilies will bloom in July.” Well, it certainly has rained in June, so now we can look forward to seeing mariposa lilies in July.

  • Vireos common but not abundant...

    How many of you have seen a warbling vireo? Probably not very many of you. Although they are relatively common, they are not very abundant. Only a single pair is ordinarily found in one breeding area.

    They are not brilliantly colored or birds that you might see walking about in your yard like the American robin. They usually defend their nesting territory with song, and an established pair will keep any other pair from nesting nearby.

  • Vireos common but not abundant...

    How many of you have seen a warbling vireo? Probably not very many of you. Although they are relatively common, they are not very abundant. Only a single pair is ordinarily found in one breeding area.

    They are not brilliantly colored or birds that you might see walking about in your yard like the American robin. They usually defend their nesting territory with song, and an established pair will keep any other pair from nesting nearby.

  • Two types of doves appearing at...

    Yesterday I received a report on last year’s Thanksgiving Bird Count. This count is done at your home feeding station for one hour on Thanksgiving Day. It is held in 12 western states, so it is especially interesting to western birders.

    Last year, the five most numerous birds seen remained the same as they have been for several years. The most commonly seen birds were 1, dark-eyed juncos; 2, house sparrows; 3, house finches; 4, black-capped chickadees; and 5, mourning doves. There were a total of 137 species seen in the 12-state area.

  • Dredging of Evergreen Lake will...

    Dredging Evergreen Lake quickly and efficiently could require a backhoe and a "semi-permeable membrane," not a pontoon boat, and officials now say the work won't be done this spring or early summer.

  • Coach of the year: Rob Molholm,...

    Rob Molholm can look fondly back on the 2014 football season and cherish numerous memories. From the one-sided Mountain Bowl victory over rival Conifer — the first in Molholm’s six seasons as Evergreen’s football coach — to the season-opening thumping of what turned out to be a decent Lewis-Palmer team, to a nail-biting win over Classical Academy and a league championship victory over D’Evelyn, he has plenty of memories to reflect on.