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Today's News

  • Special game, special kids

    The gym at Wulf Rec Center exploded with the sound of applause and cheers Dec. 16 when Garrett Kelty made the winning basket in a hard-fought game between the red and white teams.

    Garrett, a Conifer High School senior, is also a member of the Special Olympics Wildcats basketball team through the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Special Olympics is a worldwide sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • Marshdale pupils stock MRC pantry

    Principal Christian Kingsbury said that while Marshdale Elementary has held many food drives, nothing has compared to the 2013 edition.

    “All of the food would’ve overflowed one of our classrooms,” the principal said. “We had to deliver two different loads. Everyone is saying this is the biggest turnout (of items) we’ve ever had.”

    The school teamed with the Mountain Resource Center’s food bank, and the donations started stacking high Dec. 2, and the donation collection ended Dec. 17.

  • Choice enrollment for Jeffco students begins in January

    Jeffco parents who wish to enroll a child in a district school other than their neighborhood school can take advantage of the choice enrollment process next month.

    The first period of enrollment begins Jan. 8 and closes Jan. 24. A second enrollment period is offered from Feb. 19 to Aug. 30.

    “The second period is offered for parents who missed the first round or maybe just moved into the county,” said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Young shoppers ring in the holiday

    The annual Black Friday shopping frenzy couldn’t compare with Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen fifth-graders during their holiday shopping party on Friday.

    The 50 students moved from table to table buying gifts for classmates as part of the Secret Santa tradition, and also made purchases for family members and friends.

  • K-M kids turn into a bunch of animals for performances

    A bunch of cute animals visited the kindergarten classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary on Thursday.

    The animals were costumed kids, ready to delight their families with play performances based on classic children’s books and traditional songs. Paulyne Fisher’s class performed “The Mitten” by Jan Brett, and Beth Schwecke’s class performed “The Gingerbread Man” by Catherine McCafferty. The plays have been long-standing traditions in both classrooms.

    Fisher said the plays have an academic twist.

  • Counting crows … and a few other winter birds

    "Another crow! There’s too many to count,” Hannah Crangle said while gazing into the wintry sky on Saturday morning.

    Hannah was the lone but enthusiastic participant in Evergreen Audubon’s first Kids Bird Count. Surrounded by Audubon members, the young girl was checking out the area around Kittredge Community Park with an experienced eye.

    Hannah has a family history of birding. Her great-grandmother is Louise Mounsey, who founded Evergreen Audubon with Sylvia Brockner, the longtime nature writer for the Canyon Courier.

  • 18th annual Ice Fest promises wintry fun for all

    Being in the wintry outdoors promises to be far more delightful than frightful for those attending the 18th annual Ice Fest at Evergreen Lake.

    The two-day event sponsored by Drive Smart begins at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve with the Youth Pond Hockey Tournament and continues in the afternoon with a snowman-building contest before Skate the Lake in the evening.

    On New Year’s Day, the brave and the faint-hearted will line up to jump into the frigid water during the Evergreen Lake Plunge.

  • The longevity of love

    Evergreen residents Elizabeth and Victor Macek have been married 71 years, and they know the secrets to a long, happy marriage.

    The first is simple: common interests.

    When the couple met, they were 16 and 17, and Elizabeth was seeing another boy. Her parents preferred Victor, however, so she spent time with him, too. The day she fell in love with him involves a favorite story.

  • One-car crash kills Golden man on Highway 74

    A 25-year-old Golden man was killed Friday night when his car went out of control on Highway 74 between Kittredge and Idledale.

    The victim, Matthew Anglin, was traveling east on Highway 74 about 9:30 p.m., according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid. The 2002 Ford Taurus traveled into the westbound lane and skidded off the north side of the road.

    The car hit a rock embankment, spun, and rolled 1½ times, landing on the highway on its roof. Anglin was not wearing a seatbelt, and he was ejected from the car, Reid said. He died at the scene.

  • Cactus Jack’s reopens

    Christmas came five days early for Megan and Gary Mitchell when they reopened Cactus Jack’s Saloon on Friday.

    Customers began pouring into the iconic bar and eatery at Highway 73/74 that was extensively damaged during the September flooding, and business has been steady ever since.

    “It’s a Christmas miracle,” Megan said Sunday afternoon amid a large crowd during the Broncos game. “The response has been awesome. Everybody’s been smiling.”