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Today's News

  • Couple working to reopen historic Blue Jay Inn

    Ron Sarrasin first rode past the Blue Jay Inn near Buffalo Creek more than a decade ago, and the historic building immediately caught his eye.

    With its green siding, towering trees and beautiful mountain backdrop, Ron couldn’t get the property out of his mind.

    “We just kept driving by … thinking about it always,” he said.

  • Staunton unveils new visitors center

    May 19 was a day a long time in the making for most of those gathered at Staunton State Park.

    Sunday marked the day the state park’s new visitors center finally opened its doors to the public. The park, which officially opened in 2013, has been looking to construct a visitors center for years. The first 1,720-acre parcel of Staunton State Park land was donated to Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton.

  • County continues budget talks

    While Jefferson County continues to face across-the-board budget reductions in 2020, the commissioners hope to include the public in the conversation before deciding a way forward.

  • EPRD, Trout Unlimited host clinic on fly-tying, fly-fishing

    Some experienced rod-and-reel fishers attended a clinic on Saturday at the Buchanan Park Rec Center to learn more about fly-fishing.

    The participants, between the ages of 8 and 14, learned about tying flies, the bugs that fish eat and fly-fishing techniques before going out to the Buchanan Ponds to see if they could catch rainbow trout.

    Christian Schulz, 12, said the feeling he gets when fishing is indescribable.

    “There’s no answer for (why I like fishing),” said Christian, a student at Montessori School of Evergreen.

  • Bracknell stuns state track competition

    LAKEWOOD — Just a few years ago, nobody would pay attention to Platte Canyon’s Matthew Bracknell when he asked to take a stab at hurdles.

    On Saturday at Jeffco Stadium for the 2A state track championships, the junior not only proved his doubters wrong; he placed third in the 110-meter hurdles.

    “It feels really good,” Bracknell said. “It makes me feel really proud of myself because back in Texas, where I came from, the coaches didn’t give me the time of day, so I had to go to my algebra teacher for help on hurdles.”

  • EHS grads asked to make a difference

    Graduation is always an emotional time for Evergreen High School Spanish and French teacher Jennifer Warren.

    “I hear the music (to ‘Pomp and Circumstance’), and I tear up,” she said. “It’s an amazing accomplishment for these kids regardless of what they are doing after high school.”

    This year was even more emotional for her as her twins, Sydnee and Max, graduated Thursday morning at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

  • Evergreen soccer going back to state title game

    AURORA — Knowing that a team has scored a lot of goals coming into the game and actually having a game plan to thwart that offensive attack are two different things. However, in the case of the Evergreen Cougars’ girls soccer team, it kind of fell right into its lap.

    High-scoring Sand Creek was stymied at most every turn by Evergreen’s ball-control attack on Saturday at Legacy Stadium, while the Cougars got goals from the usual players — Elizabeth Rapp, Catherine Rapp and Myla Stewart — for a 3-1 victory in the semifinals.

  • RMAE middle-schoolers test their gliders at Science Day

    Were they birds? Were they planes? No – they were gliders made by Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen middle-schoolers.

    The middle-schoolers took to the school’s soccer fields on May 14 for the aerial jenga challenge, which is one of the events in the school’s Science and Innovation Day. Students designed and crafted their gliders individually or in teams of two.

  • EHS swim gets two top-10 finishes at state

    THORNTON — Robbie Day admitted that swimming hasn’t exactly been a focus this season. He didn’t give a particular reason for why that was, but he had a goal in mind for the 4A boys’ state swimming championships as it was.

    “I want to beat my time from last year,” the Evergreen High School sophomore said Friday after the preliminary round of the 500-yard freestyle at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

  • Conifer baseball ends great season at regional tourney

    By Anthony Sandstrom

    For the Courier

    PUEBLO — What’s more important for a high school student-athlete? Is it the student or the athlete?

    Usually, the answer is both. But last weekend, as the Conifer baseball team traveled to Pueblo West for the 4A Region 1 Tournament, it was forced to choose.

    With Conifer’s graduation and the regional tournament both taking place Saturday, the ultimate answer for the Lobos was “student.”