Today's News

  • Indiana runner embraces trail race

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    Brady Smith just wanted a taste of the trails. The 16-year old from Crown Point, Ind., had been in the Denver area for three days and the aspiring runner longed to run the Mt. Falcon 15K before he returned home to the Midwest. He got his wish.

  • Youth movement in full swing for Evergreen

    Kyle Peterson is no longer around. Evergreen’s best golfer in recent years graduated in May. So did Kyle Malazdrewicz. They, arguably, were the face of the Cougars program.

    Both were multiple-time 4A state qualifiers, finishing 13th and 30th, respectively, last October at Hiwan Golf Club. But, such is the case in high school athletics, turnover is ongoing. 

    In 2014, Evergreen is a squad that is staring at the realistic probability of its top three players being sophomores.

  • Nelson’s return is a successful one

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    Not even the distraction of a stray dog could keep Brianne Nelson from winning the 10K portion of the Evergreen Town Race on Upper Bear Creek on Aug. 3.

    Nelson, a Golden resident and stay-at-home mother of two, defeated Kristen Zaitz by 17 seconds, winning the female title in a time of 33 minutes, 38 seconds. Andy Wacker won the top male award with a time of 30:21 down the fast downhill course.

  • Tourist traffic up in Evergreen this summer

    Tourist traffic is up about 20 percent in downtown Evergreen this summer, according to at least one store owner.

    More customers may be coming to Evergreen to shop because they hear a “Downtown Evergreen” ad playing on KBCO radio (97.3 on the FM dial), according to Trish Wales, president of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    The 15-second ad plays during the 7-to-9-a.m. morning commute. It’s airing for a second summer after a successful run last summer and over the Christmas holidays, Wales said.

  • Evergreen Legacy Fund growing

    If you buy an ice cream cone at Baskin-Robbins in downtown Evergreen, 1 percent of your purchase goes to the Downtown Evergreen Economic District's Legacy Fund.

    So far, more than $80,000 has been raised through the fee on goods and services, which is collected voluntarily by most downtown Evergreen businesses. Since Evergreen isn’t an incorporated city, there’s no way to require businesses to charge the fee, but virtually all of them do, said Dean Dalvit, a spokesman for the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, or DEED.

  • The last roundup

    By Carol McKinley, for the Courier

    Rest, best friends.  

    Nell’s Ladybug lies here, as do Muffy Pumpkin and Rocky Doodle Clinton. Spot and Elsie Yu have been rewarded for the love the rabbits gave their family with a stately grave marker that proclaims, “Hopping in Heaven.” 

    On another marker is a picture of Ri the German shepherd and a poignant farewell: “Good night, sweet prince. We’ll see you in the morning.” 

  • EChO moving home furnishings store to expanded space

    Evergreen Christian Outreach is moving its home furnishings department to a space next to its resale shop in the Evergreen North Shopping Center on Highway 74.

    “One continuous space will be all of EChO,” said Sharon Smith, executive director of the interfaith service organization. “We’re going to eventually take over the whole space.”

  • Fire district bolsters its bottom line

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District strengthened its balance sheet by almost $620,000 in 2013, based on a draft of its annual audit.

    The fire district reported $10.9 million in net assets for 2013, compared with about $10.3 million in 2012. 

    Total general fund revenue was $5,899,020 in 2013, up $185,813 from 2012 revenue. The increase in revenue came generally from an increase in donations, among other things. 

  • Haying operation under way at Elk Meadow

    Elk Meadow Open Space is getting a trim — a contractor is mowing and baling the hay to help keep native plants growing strong, according to a Jeffco Open Space spokesperson.

    It’s the first time such an operation has been done in at least 15 years, said Alicia Doran, Jefferson County weed and pest management specialist. Open Space administrators previously held controlled burns to manage plant life on the meadow, Doran said.

  • Fracking, immigration top town hall topics

    Discussion about fracking, the Affordable Care Act and the U.S.-Mexico border dominated a town hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis at the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer on Monday night.

    More than 35 people showed up for the Boulder Democrat’s first meeting in Conifer since Polis started representing Conifer and Evergreen in Congress in 2010.

    “It’s great to be back where there’s some sanity,” he said of his brief break from the nation’s capital.