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Today's News

  • Board members at odds on assessment tool for preschoolers

    The Jeffco school board reversed a decision made in December and approved use of the Teaching Strategies Gold program for Colorado Preschool Program students, but an accompanying request for a waiver on student evaluation could imperil several million dollars in state funding.

    The board had voted to end the district’s use of TS Gold at its Dec. 13 meeting because of the behavioral data that are collected. Board President Ken Witt said he was uncomfortable that students were videotaped as part of evaluations.

  • Search for new superintendent to continue as planned

    Even though Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will be leaving her position four months earlier than expected, it won’t change the process for finding a new leader for the district.

    “We are still on course and will continue to search for a new superintendent,” Witt said Saturday.

    The Jeffco Board of Education was tasked with finding a new superintendent after Stevenson announced her retirement Nov. 7. Her last day was slated for June 30, but she announced Saturday her last day will be Feb. 21.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Trouble at Fort Apache

  • Reeling them in, Evergreen style

    Sitting on the ice as a gusty breeze whipped across Evergreen Lake, Evan Gerbe was trying his luck at ice fishing for the first time.

    “It trips me out,” Gerbe said as he looked at the 2-foot rod he was dangling into a hole cut in the thick ice.

    Gerbe lives in Washington state, where he fishes for salmon with a 9-foot rod in a fast-flowing river. While visiting his mother in Evergreen, Gerbe said, he decided to participate in the second annual ice fishing derby on Saturday.

  • Denver cathedral to honor Evergreen founder

    St. John’s Cathedral in Denver is planning to honor one of Evergreen’s founders on Feb. 16 with a day of music and historical observances.

    Father Charles Winfred Douglas built the Hiwan Homestead, established the Evergreen Conference Center and earned an international reputation for his contributions to music in the Episcopal Church.

  • Science fair answers questions about (some of) life’s mysteries

    Will grass grow faster to the sound of music? Does playing video games increase a person’s blood pressure? Does a higher SPF level of sunscreen really provide better protection against the sun’s rays?

    Those were among many questions addressed by students who participated in this year’s Mountain Area Science Fair. More than 200 elementary school students from Jefferson and Clear Creek counties displayed their projects at the fair held at Evergreen Country Day School on Saturday.

  • Dirt Band founder John McEuen to perform in town

    Former mountain area resident John McEuen, a founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a fixture in the mountain music scene in the 1970s and ’80s, will be performing at the Little Bear in downtown Evergreen this weekend.

    McEuen’s show will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $18.

    McEuen, a one-time resident of Floyd Hill whose kids attended Clear Creek schools, now lives in Florida but continues to tour.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Elmgreen, Lady Cougars upset 4A Jeffco-leading D’Evelyn
    LAKEWOOD
    — Emily Elmgreen scored a team-high 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Evergreen Lady Cougars upset host and 4A Jeffco-leading D’Evelyn 61-57 on Feb. 7.
    Samantha Kisiel added 15 points and five boards, wile Logan Newhall scored 10 points.

  • Depth pays off as EHS repeats

    ARVADA — You want to know why the Evergreen Lady Cougars won a second straight 4A Jeffco League girls swimming championship on Feb. 8. It wasn’t the number of victories — D’Evelyn had twice as many — but rather it was the number of finalists the Lady Cougars had.

  • Key victory gives EHS’ Hanson hope

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — Lane Hanson hasn’t yet realized his goal of qualifying for the 4A state wrestling tournament. But with one win in the Feb. 8 Pre-Regional Rumble at Bear Creek High School the Evergreen junior’s psyche jumped from hope to belief heading into this week’s regional.