Today's News

  • Romberg: Looking at transportation, education ballot issues

    Most people who analyze the ways we spend public money in Colorado conclude that education and transportation are underfunded in our state. As we prepare to vote the ballots that will arrive in this week’s mail, we will see multiple and differing proposals to address the shortfalls.

  • Posner: There are no good excuses

    Ballots were mailed out on Monday. When yours arrives, it will be the most important piece of mail in your mailbox.

    This year’s midterm election carries enormous political stakes. But the vast majority of eligible voters will likely ignore their ballots and not bother to vote. Voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the Census Bureau first began tracking it in 1978. And only 23.1 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds voted.

  • Hicks: Our loss is Washington’s gain

    If you know Sal Christ, you know she’s not one to toot her own horn. She’s never been one who has wanted to be in the spotlight. But there comes a time when someone should take notice of what others have accomplished, and that’s the point of this column.

    A veteran journalist, Sal is leaving Evergreen Newspapers this week for a nine-month fellowship program with the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. Yes, Ms. Christ is going to Washington, and we here couldn’t be more happier for her.

  • 285 Backpack Project takes care of kids along the Corridor

    On Oct. 10, four women unloaded boxes of food, set them up on a table and in assembly-line fashion, they walked around the table filling plastic grocery bags with food.

    The women set up at Elk Creek Elementary near Pine, while their counterparts were at Deer Creek Elementary in Bailey — putting together bags of food for area kids needing extra help over the weekend.

  • Mountain Backpacks program, in its sixth year, fills about 150 backpacks weekly for kids


    One in five children in Colorado goes hungry because parents can’t afford food.

    And, according to the Feeding America website, 22 million children receive free or reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches at their schools through national meal programs.

    While kids get two meals a day at school, what about on the weekends?

  • Generations: Not too many busier seniors than the Gadekens

    I came to know the Gadekens about 10 years ago in a most inauspicious way. I was walking my dog Chelsea, who decided to make a deposit in their side yard.

    I had no “poop bags” with me, so I asked the man who was busy building a swing set if he might have one I could have. He did indeed and we chatted for a while.

  • Spotlight shines bright on 13 area artists at Design Center

    The Evergreen Design Center was packed with art aficionados on Friday night for the second annual artists reception.

    The work of 13 area artists was spotlighted around the center on Meadow Drive, with artists chatting about their work with art lovers.

    Mountain Home owner Kay LaMontagne — who created the multi-business Evergreen Design Center — explained that the impetus for the event was supporting Sculpture Evergreen, with part of the art sales proceeds going to the organization.

  • Jeffco’s ghost towns provide look into the county’s history

    By Daniel Williams

    For the Courier

    While John Steinle’s presentation on Ghost Towns of Jefferson Country wasn’t spooky, it certainly did leave many in the room speechless.

    Local historian Steinle entertained and sometimes wowed the capacity crowd Sunday at The Little White Schoolhouse in Bradford Junction.

  • Conifer’s Prieto boosted strong team

    Freshman Cheyenne Prieto came into Conifer this year to help an already powerful Lobo softball team. Now, she’s adding a more lethal edge on the mound in addition to junior Josey Nichols.

    At the end of the regular season, Prieto boasted a 2.54 ERA across seven starts and 19 mound appearances, which was good enough to garner a 15-2 record. Early on, she was a huge asset for the Lobos, who were without their starting pitcher in Nichols for the first few games of the season.

  • Conifer cross country finishes regular season strong

    The Conifer cross country team finished the regular season by meeting its league-winning goal this year.

    At the Windjammer Invitational at Englewood on Oct. 6, both the girls and boys teams won the Colorado 7 team league titles. During their most recent meet, they performed exceptionally well, too.

    At Wiggins on Saturday, the boys team won and the girls took third behind Denver North and Battle Mountain. That meet is the Lobos’ biggest of the year, where they typically run their fastest as the regular season comes to a close.