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Today's Features

  • Each pot of chili told a different story. Some were old family recipes. Some were experiments with new recipes. Some had a kick that made eyes water; others evinced a sweeter side. There were pots of green and red; pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian. Each batch as diverse as the individuals who made and served it.

    Saturday’s Big Chili Cook-off at Buchanan Park drew thousands of people to spend the day outside listening to music, eating chili, and supporting six mountain area fire departments.

  • Today’s high school freshmen weren’t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngsters climbed anyway.

    Many who attended Sunday weren’t in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania on that horrific day, and don’t know anyone who was. And still they climbed.

    Some participants weren’t firefighters and didn’t have any connection to first responders. And yet they climbed as well.

  • Conservation was the common denominator for two Evergreen icons inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame on Aug. 24.

    Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for 45 years, and Dan Pike, an advocate for land conservation since 1976, joined three others in the induction.

    This is the third year of the Hall of Fame, sponsored by the West Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood Foothills Rotary.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Jeffco resident Mike Foster wrote the novel “This Above All” in a “fury of inspiration.”

    That was 18 years ago. He published the book this summer.

    Foster had experience writing research-based, nonfiction books and working with publishers. But he came up empty shopping around for a publisher to print this novel.

  • Members of Ascent Church put the “labor” in Labor Day on Sunday when they performed community service projects around Evergreen.

    Called Labor Day of Love, the event took about 75 church members to places such as Elk Run Assisted Living, Evergreen Christian Outreach and Evergreen High School. It replaced the usual 10 a.m. Sunday service.

  • For Evergreen visitors, the lawn in front of the Lake House on the night of Aug. 10 was full of strangers. But for locals, it was a field of familiar faces — friends, neighbors, acquaintances from church and the gym, fellow PTA parents, clients and classmates.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s Summer Concert Series, as organizers and concert-goers agreed, allows the community to come together to enjoy a free, fun Wednesday night outside.

  • Shadow and Sundance are two Labradors, 8 and 9 years old, one black and one yellow: companions, best friends, figurative brothers. Before they were adopted a month ago, the pair spent several weeks at the Intermountain Humane Society waiting for someone with a big heart, unending patience and a predilection for the underdog — especially the underdog that comes as a pair.

  • The Hiwan Homestead Museum offered children a mixture of art, history, education and the great outdoors for a portion of the summer.

    In late July and early August, the museum has hosted its Hiwan Kids program, offering youngsters a chance to play outdoor pioneer games, make sand paintings and clay figures, and learn about local plants and wildlife on a nature tour, and experience Native American beadwork designs firsthand.

  • At 9 p.m. Friday, the lights at the Evergreen High football field went dark. Dozens of people broke glow sticks and continued walking on the track.

    And everyone was quiet. Not a word or a whisper. Nothing but the soft footsteps, the glowing sticks, and the names that guided their walk: John. Susan. Tyler. Vic. Mom. Dad. Friend. Loved one.

  • Four boys ducked into a niche with computers and other office equipment — an effective hiding spot. After a few minutes, they decided it was time to make a run for it. One of them pushed a chair in front of him as a shield. Another yelled, “For the rebellion!” A library staff member reminded them to keep their laser guns visible — otherwise they’d be cheating.