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Today's Sports

  • Finches bring springtime joy to...

    (Reprinted from May 6, 2009)

    The big snow has come and gone. It was not quite as much as we had a few years ago, but it was more than we needed at one time. I measured 3½ feet at our house, but it was so warm that much of it melted as it fell, and it weighed so much that it compacted what had already fallen. So, measurements were less than accurate. I decided that the actual depth didn’t much matter. After you pass 2 feet of wet heavy snow, most of the roads are closed and the damage to power lines has been done.

  • At Evergreen Lake, a love affair...

    A large banner with a photo of the planet Earth hung over the entrance to the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, waving in the wind above those who came to the 27th annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair.

    “The people in Evergreen absolutely love nature, and they’re dedicated to making sure we always have nature. That’s been kind of exciting to see,” said Colleen Kulesza, the new director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which opened for the season on Saturday.  

  • Robins have made their way back...

    (Reprinted from April 28, 2010)

    As I was coming home from a late trip to the library and grocery store, it was almost dark as I came up the hill when an American robin flew across the road right in front of me. I braked and he landed in a ponderosa pine in the yard, the same tree that a pair of robins has nested in for the past several years.

    This made me feel it was my old friend. Of course, this is impossible to prove unless the bird had been banded, but it is more than likely, for robins are known to nest in the same area year after year.

  • Genesee-to-El Rancho bike trail...

    Construction again is under way on a bike trail along I-70 from Genesee to El Rancho, after a winter hiatus. 

    The trail is expected to open in early June.

    The fencing has been moved, the path is graded, and concrete paving is scheduled to start in the next couple of weeks, said Bob Wilson, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Most of the trail will be on land owned by the city and county of Denver. 

  • Bill’s Bench coming in time for...

    (Reprinted from April 8, 2009)

    The ice went out of Evergreen Lake faster this year than I have ever seen before. One day it was honeycombed, with a few openings along the north and west shore, and the next day it was all open. The long spell of warm weather had weakened the ice, and a windy morning set up water movement, and the ice began to break up fast.

  • Improvements planned at Genesee...

    Genesee Park, the home of Denver's bison herd, an outdoor education center and several trails, is set to undergo about $750,000 worth of improvements this spring, pending approval of Jefferson County officials.

    A hearing before the Jeffco Planning Commission is set for 6:15 p.m. March 30 after being postponed a week because of the March 23 snowstorm. 

  • Goshawks again nesting in the...

    (Reprinted from March 23, 2009)

    While I was visiting Bosque del Apache, an exceptionally fine photograph of a northern goshawk was printed in the Community Eye feature of the Canyon Courier. It was taken by Richard Gristak on Bear Mountain. I was pleased to see this beautiful bird’s photo for two reasons: one, because I have not seen a goshawk in the area for some time, and secondly, because I had been wondering what hawk was making the birds at my feeder so antsy.

  • Rock squirrels are rarely found...

    (Reprinted from March 20, 2010)

    It was shortly after we moved to Colorado that my late husband and I were birding one morning in Red Rocks Park, and we saw our first rock squirrel.

    Rock squirrels are the biggest of all the many ground-squirrel clan, and despite the fact that they are ground squirrels, they are quite capable of climbing over rocks and boulders and even well into trees as if they thought they were tree squirrels.

  • Ducks will arrive soon at...

    (Reprinted from March 7, 2012)

    Soon the ice will break up on Evergreen Lake, and migrating ducks will begin to appear. Usually blue-winged teal are the first to arrive. It is interesting to keep track of the large variety of ducks that can be seen on this little lake.

    Ducks are usually divided into two main groups. The so-called tip-up ducks or puddle ducks are those that tip their tail up into the air, and their necks and heads down into the water to feed in relatively shallow water. There are 16 species of puddle ducks in four genera.

  • Residents challenge closure of...

    Evergreen residents are asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to remove restrictions at the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area that prohibit hiking and other recreational use from mid-September until November.

    “We’re asking the commission to go back to historical usage,” said Peter Jacobson, an area resident who enjoys hiking in the Mount Evans area.