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Local News

  • Two-vehicle crash temporarily closes U.S. 285

    Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when their SUVs collided on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Trooper Rob Madden, the accident occurred about 3:11 p.m. in the intersection near mile marker 232 and temporarily shut down northbound U.S. 285 at 3:21 p.m. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

    The highway reopened before 4 p.m.

  • Wilmot book swap designed to keep students reading

    Wilmot Elementary School students participated in a book swap on Friday — the school’s attempt to keep kids reading during winter break.

    The idea was simple: All last week, students brought gently used books they no longer wanted and received tickets for each book. Then, on Friday, they could look through about 2,000 books to find something new to read. A ticket equaled a new book, and those who wanted more books could buy them for 50 cents each.

  • Happy Hippy Market in Marshdale offers food, healing

    The Happy Hippy Market has a pretty cool name.

    The shop in the log cabin behind The Den restaurant in Marshdale has a bit of everything — and more.

    Marie St. Denis recently opened the shop as a place for local residents or those driving between Evergreen and Conifer to conveniently stop to grab eggs, milk or a quick dinner. Plus, there are locally produced candles, soaps and other items.

  • Holiday performances planned at EHS, CHS

    Evergreen and Conifer high schools are planning holiday performances in December.

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, Evergreen High’s performing arts departments are presenting the 30th annual Madrigal Faire.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Conifer High’s drama department is presenting In A Holiday Mood: CHS Act One Theatre Company and Choirs Perform.

    Madrigal Faire

    The Madrigal Faire is a combination of a marketplace, concert and small-group performances.

  • Deep-fried competition requires … fortitude

    This year’s Conifer Christmas Market didn’t bring visions of sugar plums, but of Rocky Mountain oysters.

    Yes, Rocky Mountain oysters.

    As part of the 34th annual celebration, the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Rocky Mountain oyster-eating contest. Six brave souls had to eat 10 of the fried delicacies, with the first one to finish declared the winner.

    “The theme this year was Rocky Mountain Christmas, so we had to do this,” chamber executive director Melanie Swearengin explained.

  • Young, old get into the spirit at Conifer Christmas parade

    Five-year-old Isabella Kerr of Morrison and her cousin Teagan Wilton of Littleton were in the holiday spirit on Saturday as they waited for the Conifer Christmas parade to begin.

    They sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells” and other favorites while sitting in front of the Aspen Park Community Center on Sutton Road.

    “We want to have fun, and we like to sing,” said Teagan. “And Christmas is coming up.”

  • Donations pour in for Bailey couple who lost home, cat shelter in fire

    More than $15,000 has been raised for the Bailey couple whose home was destroyed in a fire early Sunday morning.

    LuAnn Pierce and Chris Brown, who operated the Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary out of their home, lost everything after a fire broke out at the Holmes Gulch Road house on Dec. 4. According to a news release, firefighters from the Elk Creek and Platte Canyon fire departments arrived at 5:30 a.m. to battle the blaze, but were unsuccessful in saving the structure; a total of nine pieces of equipment and 27 responders were at the scene.

  • 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.