Today's News

  • Reader reports rare sighting of rose-breasted grosbeak

    A phone call from a reader of this column on Thursday, July 12, brought some exciting news. The call was from Susan Pellegrini, who lives out Brook Forest Drive. She was calling to tell me she had seen her first rose-breasted grosbeak at her feeder. It was an adult male, not all that unusual in itself, but it was the date that excited me.

  • Sports briefs

    Evergreen boys team to hold tryouts Aug. 6-7

    The Evergreen High School boys golf team will be holding tryouts Aug. 6-7 at Deer Creek Golf Club in Littleton and Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada, respectively.
    Players need to shoot a 95 or better at Deer Creek to be invited back for Day 2 unless otherwise notified by coaches.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    How conflict diamonds work

  • Burke’s pitching stifles Coyotes

    Brock Burke hasn’t stopped growing yet. He’s almost certainly going to get stronger as he gets older. But, boy, does the rising Evergreen junior already know how to pitch. The Monarch Coyotes found that out the hard way on July 15 at Evergreen High School.
    The hard-throwing left-hander was spot on in Game 1 of a doubleheader, striking out 12 in a one-hitter as EHS won 10-0. The game was called in the fifth inning courtesy of the 10-run mercy rule.

  • Triple Bypass challenge for veterans, newbies

    For the past 11 years, Michael Steinert has resided in Fort Worth, Texas. But the Colorado native and Poudre High School graduate had a bucket list item that required that he come home one more time — riding in the Triple Bypass.
    He can now mark that off his list.

  • Residents' committee tours West Metro option for fire training

    Dramatic flames and heat burst from a prop stove at the West Metro Fire/Rescue Training Center in Lakewood during a demonstration for Evergreen residents last Thursday.

    The residents were taking a tour of the center, which they are suggesting as an alternative to building a training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park.

  • Teen escapes injury after falling down mineshaft

    A 16-year-old Texas boy was rescued uninjured from an abandoned mineshaft in Kittredge on July 13 after falling down the opening while hiking with his brother.

    “He should’ve been dead,” said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. “He was uninjured — unbelievable.”

    The boy and his 15-year-old brother, who were visiting family in Colorado, were hiking near Troublesome Gulch Road and came across a hole in the ground.

    “It ended up being an abandoned mineshaft,” Techmeyer said. 

  • Teams forming for Aug. 24 Relay for Life

    “I’m getting a team together,” said Evergreen resident Connie Ireland, who attended the July 10 kickoff party for the upcoming Mountain Area Relay for Life.

    Ireland attended the event to sign up for the American Cancer Society fund-raiser on Aug. 24. Like many others gathered that night at Mountain Home in Evergreen, cancer has taken its toll on Ireland’s family. Her father died of cancer, and Ireland’s two sisters and two brothers all have been cancer patients. 

  • Wildfires create surge in smoke-check calls

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received 53 smoke-check calls in June, many of which are coming in the middle of the night, said dispatch supervisor Christy McCormick.

    A lot of the late-night calls were from residents who were seeing smoke pushing down from area wildfires, Evergreen Fire Chief Mike Weege said in his report to the fire district board at its July 10 meeting.

    The smoke-check calls last month are almost half of last year’s total of 112, noted McCormick. “We’re up to 127 for this year,” she said.

  • Mural project adding artistic dimension to nature center

     Dynamic paintings are bringing a creative dimension to the Evergreen Nature Center in the coming months.


    “It was important to me to have a strong, visual draw, and to add some context,” said Nature Center executive director Vanessa Hayes.

    Kittredge artist Philip Newsom has finished the first of five 4-foot-high murals depicting different ecosystems found in the area. Spruce-fir, ponderosa pine and riparian locales will be represented in the paintings that will be hung along the long wall near the center’s entrance.