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Today's News

  • Keeping their noses in books

    It’s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.

    More than half the students met the school’s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.  Many exceeded the goal — and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.

    One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.

  • Mountain alders produce seeds relished by winter birds

    The famous January thaw seems to be well known in most of the winter areas. It certainly is here. Several days last week were very spring-like with 50 degrees, warm southeast winds and mostly sunny skies.

    This made everyone feel like spring was coming, and we had spring fever in the middle of winter. This is one of the things that makes year-round life in the foothills bearable and gives us courage for the long winters that we do have. Real spring doesn’t arrive here until May, so it is these spring-like days that make it possible for us to survive.

  • A big hairy myth? True believers say no

    Whether called Sasquatch, the Missouri monster, skunk ape or forest devil, a large, hairy creature has been sighted repeatedly around Bailey over the years.
    Bigfoot lives — at least in the hearts and minds of people who report sightings to Jim Myers, owner of the Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.
    Myers has organized a loosely knit group of people interested in researching the creature that many believe is a myth. But those who have seen it swear they weren’t dreaming.

  • Sports briefs

    MOTOCROSS
    Evergreen’s Baysinger places 8th at Springs’ Arenacross event

    Evergreen resident Jake Baysinger took eighth place in the 85cc 9-11 amateur division age group event Jan. 25 at the AMSOIL Arenacross event held at World Arena in Colorado Springs.
    Baysinger was fifth in the second heat to qualify for the finals.
    There were three Colorado riders in the final, including Denver’s Alana Padilla and Aurora’s Justin Joyce, who came in ninth and 10th respectively.

  • Banged-up Cougars struggle to keep up with host D’Evelyn

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen’s boys basketball team flew into the 4A Jeffco League’s version of the Bermuda Triangle on a five-game winning streak. A search party isn’t necessary, but the Cougars could use a resuscitator after consecutive games against Valor Christian, Golden and D’Evelyn.
    The trio — two among the top seven-ranked teams in 4A and the other on the periphery of the top 10 — routed Evergreen by a combined 86 points.

  • D’Evelyn slips by Cougars in 3 OTs

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    The Evergreen Lady Cougars lost their home game in triple overtime against D’Evelyn, 65-59, on Jan. 23 at Evergreen High School.
    Four Evergreen starters scored in the double figures. Annie Trimarco led the pack with 15 points, followed by Sam Kisiel’s 13 points. Sophomores Lauren Russell and Logan Newhall each scored 10.
    The game went into the second half tied at 19-all. Evergreen upped its play in the second half as Trimarco ran the ball inside and everyone played more aggressively.

  • Numbers game rolls Cougars’ way

    ARVADA ­— Winning is nice, and Evergreen’s girls swim team does its fair share of that. But it’s the sheer number of swimmers that the Lady Cougars put in the finals that shows why they have been so successful in recent years.

  • Coordinated efforts needed to pull ATV from Evergreen Lake

    It took more than four hours to pull the 2,000-pound ATV that sank into Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning from the water, said Marc Rosenberg of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, who oversaw the salvage operation on Friday.

  • Mountain Resource Center offers services to veterans

    The Mountain Resource Center recently received a grant from the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust to assist vets and their families, said Lauren Ferguson, integrated services manager for the Conifer-based agency.

    “We have seen a quick increase in the number of vets accessing services,” she said.

  • Indian Hills rallies to raise funds for family of sheriff’s sergeant

    The Indian Hills fire station was filled with people who came to a fund-raising dinner for the family of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro on Saturday evening.

    Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson organized the benefit for Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident who was hit by a vehicle Jan. 3 after stopping to help at an accident scene on U.S. 285. He is survived by his wife and four children.

    “I felt we needed to do something to help,” Carson said.