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  • Audra Moquist sentenced to community corrections in 2013 slaying

    The woman accused of helping her brother kill Fairplay resident Evan Graham in 2013 was sentenced Nov. 21 to five years in a community corrections facility.

    Audra Moquist, 32, pleaded guilty to accessory to second-degree murder in September as part of a plea agreement that could have sent her to prison for up to six years. According to deputy district attorney Molly Chilsen, the plea agreement called for no sentence concessions.

  • 25th Holiday Walk promises fun, music, food, Santa

    By Penny Randell, for the Courier

    Evergreen will celebrate its 25th Holiday Walk from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday with festivities downtown that offer new attractions, including the 5:30 lighting of the Christmas tree in front of Beau Jo’s Pizza.

    Tricia Wales, contract event planner for the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, has been working since September to ensure the event’s success.

  • Teacher at West Jeff Middle arrested in connection with sexual assault on a child

    A teacher at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. 

  • Tree-cutting event raises funds for 12 students to attend SEACAMP

    By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    “Get it, babe,” Megan Pinson encouraged her husband, John.

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    Then, with a little shove, the small tree toppled.

  • Scout and his friends build pergola at lake

    A local boy scout and his friends helped build a pergola for the deck area near the Evergreen Lake House.

    Steven McDermond, 16, a Conifer High School student and a member of Troop 400, organized the project as part of his efforts to become an Eagle Scout.

    McDermond said he asked for ideas for his service project at the Wulf Recreation Center, and special-populations coordinator Maren Schreiber said that when lake visitors use the picnic tables in the summer, it can get very warm in the sun.

  • Evergreen Audubon finds a new year-round home

    A second base of operations will enable the Evergreen Audubon Society to provide year-round educational programming in addition to the warm-weather offerings at the Nature Center at Evergreen Lake.

    The organization is renting two offices, two classrooms and storage space in a former church building at 29997 Buffalo Park Road that is owned by Ascent Church Evergreen. Audubon board members said the new space was a major investment, but the location will fit the society’s needs perfectly.

  • Author honored for memoir about surviving abuse

    A Conifer author was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2016 Kindle eBook Awards.

    Kathryn Brettell’s “The Olive Picker” is a memoir about surviving domestic violence and abuse. The book’s opening chapter is about Brettell’s life-changing experience on Oct. 8, 2008, when her then-husband attacked her and she fought him off.

    The rest of the book deals with the different types of abuse Brettell experienced throughout her life and the “common threads” among them.

  • Program to shelter homeless up and running in Evergreen

    More than 200 volunteers are prepared to provide the area’s homeless with a warm meal and a place to sleep now that temperatures have gotten colder.

    Evergreen’s Emergency Shelter Program went into action two weeks ago, though as of Friday no one had yet taken advantage of the program, according to program director Kaethe Zellner.

    “We have nine people pre-registered,” Zellner said, “but nobody has actually shown up to use it.”

  • Students take time for some rhyme at Elk Creek Elementary

    Some students at Elk Creek Elementary School recently shared their favorite poems with fellow classmates and family.

    Called Poetry Café, the event is an annual tradition at the school. Students in all grades pick a poem to recite to the class, and then the teachers pick three to four students to participate in Poetry Café.

  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious

    The blaze earlier this week that charred nearly 100 acres on Green Mountain in Lakewood apparently was one of five suspicious fires in the area in November, according to a news release from West Metro Fire.

    The other four fires all were less than an acre in size. But Monday's blaze on Green Mountain spread quickly in high winds and threatened several homes to the east before it was contained.