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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Girls at Cougar Camp learn from...

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier
    Evergreen High School’s girls basketball camp has been running for nearly two decades, but this year the elementary and middle school campers are getting some extra coaching from a pro.
    Cougars junior varsity coach Cheryl Newhall is leading this year’s Cougar Camp. Earlier in the year, Newhall contacted pro basketball player and 2008 Evergreen graduate Tricia Oaks to help coach the girls.

  • Sora rails occasionally heard,...

    Recently, Loie Evans heard two, maybe three sora rails at Evergreen Lake. It has been a couple of years since they were heard at the lake. Rarely are they seen.

    The adult sora is unmistakable, a small chicken-like bird with a black throat and yellow bill.

  • 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.