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Today's Features

  • Editor’s note: The Courier profiled Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire, at the beginning of April. We have checked on their progress six months after the disaster.

    One step forward and two steps back.

    That’s the best way to describe the past six months for Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire. Moeller says they still have good and bad days after the devastating fire, which started six months ago today.

  • Spend any time in the Southwest, and you will become enamored with the bold colors that surround and envelop you. A trip to New Mexico overflows with bursts of turquoise, the rich hues of a sun-streaked sky, or the audacious adornments of Native American festival garb. Perhaps it was these rainbows of color that inspired Steve and Jenni Sonnen to surround themselves with Southwestern art when they opened the doors of Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills. Perhaps it was the work of contemporary painter Pablo Milan.

  • The term “lucky stiff” seems a bit of an oxymoron. In casual conversation, most people wouldn’t refer to the person who happens to be the dead body as “lucky.” However, in the case of StageDoor Theatre’s upcoming production of “Lucky Stiff,” the Evergreen/Conifer area will have not one, but six, “lucky stiffs” and some lucky charities that will benefit from the celebrity stiffs’ farcical demise.

  • 2012 is a banner year for the Evergreen Chorale. The 90-person, award-winning choral group has been an “up-the-hill” institution for more than four decades. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Chorale is kicking off its season by bringing our “up-the-hill” hills alive with “The Sound of Music.”

  • By Pam Montgomery

  • Favored with a vast store of infallible opinions and skin of purest alabaster, I don’t get out of the hermitage that often. But if my prudent seclusion helps ensure a creamier complexion and more temperate foothills social climate, it tends to leave me in the dark about many of my neighbors’ diverse and interesting activities.

  • Elk Creek firefighters spent two days recently practicing rope rescues in anticipation of the October opening of Staunton State Park.

    The park will be home to several rock-climbing routes near Staunton Rocks, and firefighters anticipate calls from park users, said Alex Parks, the department’s technical rescue coordinator and a firefighter/EMT. Crews have been familiarizing themselves with the park’s layout over the last two years, including at the Aug. 18-19 training session.

  • The nature of improvisational comedy means that it’s always fresh and new. After several successful seasons of comedy in the mountains, the Evergreen Players Improv Comedy troupe, EPiC, is working to keep not only its comedy fresh, but the format of its shows as well. For the first time, the talented actors of EPiC will be complemented by local musicians and on-site food service. Audiences will leave after a side-splitting, stomach-busting, ear-tickling good time.

  • Bantering about the term “gestalt” at cocktail parties is a good way to send people running for the hills. The word stems from studies conducted in 1920s Germany, and in its most complex form, gestalt is a form of psychology that is interested in higher-order cognitive process relative to behaviorism. When boiled down to its essence, gestalt theory holds that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

  • “The guy who’s riding a $1,000 bicycle is not going to stop if he doesn’t have a way to secure it,” says Kittredge resident Jerry Smith.

    Representing the Lariat Loop Alliance, Smith is contacting businesses and agencies in Evergreen and Kittredge to generate interest in placing creatively designed bike racks on their properties.

    “The bicycle racks accommodate people and give them a place to park,” Smith said.