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Today's News

  • Answers complex about why fewer birds come here

    Many readers of this column have asked me recently if something has happened to the birds that reduced their numbers because they have had fewer birds at their feeders than usual.

    I scratched my head to know how to answer their questions because this is a very involved question that takes more space than I can use every week, and few people are concerned enough to get that involved.

  • Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0

    I’m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that’s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early ’70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.

  • Board, teachers must be reasonable

    Impasse!

    It’s a word that hardly sounds positive when it comes to a negotiation. And yet, it is what the teachers union declared last week before walking out on negotiations for a new contract with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

    Not to be the eternal optimist, but designation of an impasse may be just what the doctor ordered, as it will lead to designation of a mediator between two groups that seem to have little trust for each other in a possible standoff where there’s plenty of blame to go around.

  • ‘Wedding Singer’ a blissful visit to the ’80s

    Every decade has its own unique vibe. The 1920s had fringed flappers dresses, and the ‘60s and ‘70s had bellbottoms. The 1980s was a decade of excess — fluorescent clothing, sky-high shoulder pads and consumerism gone wild. 

  • School district seeks to revive talks with teachers union

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Evergreen Country Day debate teams advance to area finals

    Fans of debate know that successful thespians anticipate their opponents' counter-arguments. That was definitely the case last week for a debate team at Evergreen Country Day School.

    A four-student team from the private middle school was better than its opponents at anticipating counter-arguments at a tournament April 10,  according to debate judge Joshua Murphy. The semifinals for the Denver area Charter Debate League were held at Evergreen Country Day.

  • Former Evergreen resident producing film featuring Colorado talent

    After years of working as an actor in Los Angeles, former Evergreen resident Ronda Belser is embarking on a film project using Colorado talent exclusively.

    “It’s a unique idea,” she said. “This is a one-of-a-kind independent film. We want to make a film that is all Colorado.”

    The movie that Belser is producing with other investors will give Colorado teenagers a chance to gain experience in filmmaking, she said.

  • Linn brings experience with Forest Service, EPA to park board candidacy

    During the years she spent with the Environmental Protection Agency, Evergreen resident Peg Linn worked with people living near Superfund sites to resolve issues around them.

    "Having worked with the community to reach agreements, I feel like it will help make me a good park board candidate," Linn said. 

    While employed at the regional office of the EPA in Denver, Linn traveled to areas in Clear Creek and Summit counties where there were abandoned mines generating hazardous waste.

  • Mountain Area Earth Day Fair turns 25

    By Etta Satter

    For the Courier

    In 1990, members of the mountain community joined with thousands of others across Colorado and throughout the nation to honor the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 by then-senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

  • EHS students get their teeth into improving fitness

    Evergreen High School’s health classes have gone high-tech now that each student wears a Jawbone UP, a wristband that collects data on an individual’s exercise, sleep patterns and food intake, and the information can be downloaded to the student’s smart phone or computer.

    Science teacher Ali Meyers received $7,000 in grants to buy 60 wristbands, and each student wears one for at least eight weeks to gauge overall fitness. CenturyLink provided $5,000, and ING U.S. Foundation donated $2,000.