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Today's Features

  • Environmental concerns — including high lead levels in tap water at Jeffco schools, a dangerous chemical found buried at the Lockheed-Martin plant in South Jeffco, and the effects of planned development in the Rooney Valley — dominated the headlines in Jefferson County news last year.

    Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

  • Turmoil at a local charter school, a state representative sent to jail, and community cleanup efforts were among the top stories in the mountain area in 2016. 

    Rocky Mountain Academy finds a path forward

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is moving forward after many months of discord that culminated in a protest by parents and students in October.

  • In many respects, 2016 was a year characterized by loss in the 285 Corridor — none perhaps felt as much as the loss of Park County sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, who died Feb. 24 during a shoot-out after officers attempted to serve a “high-risk” eviction notice to Bailey resident Martin Wirth.

    Wirth reportedly opened fire on the officers with a legally obtained .45-caliber rifle, killing Carrigan and wounding Deputy Kolby Martin and Capt. Mark Hancock. Wirth died at the scene.

  • A city set on a hilltop cannot be hidden. And neither can a house decorated with thousands of Christmas lights.

    From Kittredge to Conifer, mountain area residents, organizations and businesses have put up strands of bright-colored bulbs, inflatable snowmen, moving reindeer, Nativity scenes, and many more decorations as a way to celebrate the winter holidays.

  • Cowboy, sawyer, carpenter, barn-raiser, trail-builder, conservationist, preservationist, historian, author, community leader, friend, husband, father.

    The way his friends tell it, Hank Alderfer should be considered for the title of “ Most Interesting Man in the World.”

    Alderfer family members, friends and the Evergreen community gathered Nov. 30 at the Lake House to celebrate Alderfer’s accomplishments and contributions, as well as help launch a book of his Canyon Courier columns, titled “Yesteryear.”

  • The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and American Legion Post 2001 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday.

    The ceremony included a reflection on those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack and the trials of World War II that followed. The chapter’s chaplain, Kathleen Schrader, led the group in benediction, calling to mind all those who gave their lives to defend the United States. And, American Legion member Vern Stelzer read President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous post-attack speech.

  • The heat was on Nov. 12 for the recruits in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter academy: They fought actual fires.

    The blazes were controlled in the department’s burn training building, but the flames and smoke were real — and the 18 recruits were both excited and apprehensive about practicing what they had learned for the past three months.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    Mountain area residents got into the holiday spirit on Saturday with the fifth annual Festival of Trees and Wine & Dine event at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park.

    “It’s my favorite event,” said Sharon Trilk, who helps coordinate the gala with the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • “Service before self.”

    That message was shared by several members of the military and the community with West Jefferson Middle School during a Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning.

    “We went when we were called, to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” Sgt. 1st Class Peter Benning told the students during an assembly in the gymnasium.

  • West Jefferson Elementary students were given a special holiday treat on Friday: They attended the performance of a new Christmas play in ballet form.

    Peak Academy of Dance, which is a five-minute walk from the school, performed “A Christmas Eve Ghost Story” for the students.

    The story is written by Danielle Heller, owner of the dance studio, and is being published this year. In a strange twist, she wrote the book to fulfill her need for a new show that dancers at the studio could perform for the holidays.