Today's News

  • Conifer’s Gacnik breaks school record in 3,200

    LAKEWOOD — At Conifer High School, 13 years was long enough before one of its track records fell.

    On Saturday at Jeffco Stadium during the Dakota Ridge Invitational, sophomore Zack Gacnik broke Bobby Potrykus’s 2006 record in the 3,200-meter run, which was previously 9 minutes, 54 seconds. Gacnik ran that 2-mile race in 9:52.13.

  • Traffic snarled by the lake Thursday while Xcel replaced power pole

    Xcel Energy replaced a power pole on Thursday near the dam on Highway 73, blocking one lane and snarling traffic for most of the day.

    According to Xcel spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo, a driver hit the pole over the April 6 weekend and drove off. Someone else called Xcel on April 8 to report the damaged pole. The whole pole needed to be replaced.

    Xcel completed its portion of the work on Thursday, but CenturyLink and Comcast still must move their lines before the old pole can be removed. Aguayo was unsure when that work would be completed.

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Tragedy altered security procedures

    Columbine High School doesn’t look like it did 20 years ago. Then again, most schools in the country don’t.

    Main entrances often have cameras and intercoms to buzz in visitors, and a security desk sits just inside the door. Many now have school resource officers.

    John McDonald, the executive director of Jeffco Public Schools’ school safety department, recalled how seeing a police car in front of a school 20 years ago was a source of drama and concern for parents and students alike. Now, it’s a normal and sometimes welcome sight.

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Retired schools communications team member recalls tragedy

    Marilyn Saltzman vividly remembers the events of April 20, 1999, and the aftermath — and says she learned lessons in all aspects of her life from the experience.

    “It was a life-changing experience in terms of my career and personally,” said the 71-year-old Conifer resident, who was part of Jeffco Public Schools communications team. “The pain subsides, but the impact lasts forever. I’ve seen the goodness in people and the horrors.”

  • Columbine 20th anniversary: Lessons learned

    It’s been 20 years since two gunmen entered Columbine High School, killing 13 people, injuring dozens more and leaving a community and a school struggling to find a way forward.

    But in those 20 years, the surviving students and staff, as well as the family and friends of those lost, have worked tirelessly to reclaim the space and show that hope and healing are possible.

  • Conifer grad Payer prepping for NFL draft

    Brandon Payer, a standout at Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Conifer High School graduate, might soon be headed to the NFL.

    With the draft April 25-27, the inside linebacker and Pine native was recently invited to the Denver Broncos pro day training camp, where he showcased his skills for the local professional team’s coaches and staff.

  • Cougar tennis nearly shuts out the Lobos

    LAKEWOOD — So far, the 2019 season has not been kind to the foothills high school tennis teams, but Evergreen and Conifer are making the best of what little court time they’ve seen this year.

    On Friday at Lakewood Park, the Cougars outlasted the Lobos as they won in commanding fashion, 6-1.

    Of the six classifications that competed (Conifer defaulted in No. 1 singles), the Lobos’ only victory came from sophomore Ava Dalton at No. 3 singles, who defeated Evergreen’s Alexa Endsley 6-2, 6-2.

  • Upset opportunities slip by Evergreen boys lacrosse

    By Joel Reichenberger

    For the Courier

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There were chances, Evergreen boy lacrosse coach Jay Eggar said on Saturday, letting  loose a sigh as the crowd and players cleared out from Gardner Field on Saturday.

    There had been chances all week, but those slipped away, and so did Saturday’s.

    The Cougars couldn’t slow Steamboat Springs in the fourth quarter, and a tight game slipped away. Evergreen lost on the road against the Sailors, 10-2.

  • Evergreen baseball shuts down the Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Hitting can be contagious when it comes to high school baseball, and the Evergreen Cougars utilized that strategy to win out during their first league game at Green Mountain on April 9.

    From start to finish, the Cougars put on a clinic as they defeated the Rams 16-5. The game ended after six innings after the mercy rule was implemented.

  • Rohrer: Truth and the internet

    I decided to get to the root cause of the Colorado Rockies’ poor start. Armed with a Google search that revealed all the relevant statistics, I was able to become an instant expert.

    I thought about sending a helpful note to the owners, but then I realized that knowing who wasn’t hitting didn’t make me an expert. There are many within the organization who know the players’ capabilities well and have already determined the root causes for the extended slump. I felt a little foolish for my impulse to help.