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Local News

  • Yellow Barn sold to local real estate broker

    After almost a year on the market, Conifer’s historic Yellow Barn has a new owner: Craig Marks.

    Marks, a longtime real estate broker in Conifer, closed on the purchase May 1 for an undisclosed amount, including credits to be used toward bringing the barn up to code. The sale includes 2.5 acres of land, the 4,900-square-foot barn and other buildings on the property.

  • Mutton bustin’, other activities keep Western heritage alive at Family Fun Night

    By Seth Bodine, for the Courier

    When 5-year-old Cooper Alapai of Conifer climbed onto a sheep for the second round of the mutton bustin’ event at the Evergreen Rodeo on Friday night, the announcer introduced him as a “real cowboy.” 

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • Smoke in the area attributed to out-of-state fires

    Smoke visible in the Evergreen and Conifer area is not from a local fire but rather the result of major wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.

    According to Curt Rogers, fire chief at the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, smoke from the Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, as well as the Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona, is drifting into Colorado and causing visibility issues. Rogers also said that a 700-acre wildfire at Fort Carson also could be contributing to the visibility issues.

  • Local fawn makes national news

    Evergreen has a new celebrity. Unfortunately, though, she has not been seen since making her debut, which was covered by Buzzfeed and news outlets across the country.

    The little four-legged star made local news after she wandered into a Kittredge family's yard on June 15.

  • Farmers market cultivating followers at new location

    Walking through the parking lot of Evergreen Country Day School, there is a delicious mixture of smells and bright colors. The strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, baking empanadas, potted flowers, homemade soap, honeys, jams, and fresh produce — when combined with the dazzling array of jewelry, hair accessories and bold-colored clothing — strongly tempt any visitor with one lingering thought. “Buy something.”

  • Entry with ‘bite’ is tops at Rhubarb Fest

    Pine Grove’s 29th annual Rhubarb Festival was a hot one — from scorching temperatures to a parade featuring the chrome bumpers of classic cars to the unusual dish that won the annual bake-off, it was a weekend burned into memory.

  • New exhibit at Mirada Fine Art takes a walk on the ‘wild’ side

    Wild: Some are born to be it, some explore it on foot or in four-wheelers. Next weekend, Mirada Fine Art explores the animal kingdom of the West with “WILD,” a new exhibit featuring work from a dozen artists who have their own ideas about what it means to be wild.

    According to gallery owner Steve Sonnen, the exhibit resulted from a conversation about Colorado wildlife and how much of the artwork showcased at the gallery represents nature and its wild denizens.

  • Kids learn to fish on the fly

    The Buchanan Ponds were teeming with life on Saturday — not fish or other critters, but more than 100 people fly-fishing as part of the High Plains Drifters’ Kids Day.

    The fish weren’t really biting, but that didn’t seem to matter to the young and old alike, who were practicing their fly-fishing skills.

    The High Plains Drifters fly-fishing club, based in Denver, hosted its 23rd annual Kids Day at the North Evergreen location because members said it was the perfect venue to teach kids about their passion.

  • Heritage Ride kicks off Evergreen Rodeo week

    About 30 horses and their riders returned to scattered cheers at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds after a two-hour fund-raising trail ride Sunday. Led by Evergreen Rodeo Association president Mark Johnson, the Heritage Ride kicked off the start of Evergreen Rodeo week by supporting the Colorado Horse Council.