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  • Satirical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical” brings its whimsical humor to the Venue Theatre

    By Rebekah Nestingen
    For The Courier

    When a town with a water crisis meets capitalism, populism, bureaucracy and corporate mismanagement, it ends up with people ready to revolt because they don’t have enough money to pee.
    On Jan. 19, The Venue Theatre Co. opened “Urinetown: The Musical,” a satirical comedy that follows Urinetown, a town that has outlawed the use of private toilets in an attempt to regulate water consumption. The citizens of Urinetown must use a public pay-per-use system owned by Urine Good Company.

  • Askins pleads guilty in N. Turkey Creek Fire case

    The 19-year-old accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to one class-6 felony count of firing woods or prairies, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

    Andrew Askins of Conifer was charged in late April with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jefferson County was in a stage-2 fire ban.

  • Brooks pleads not guilty

    The woman accused of driving erratically and starting a police chase that shut down southbound U.S. 285 in mid-July pleaded not guilty to all counts in a Monday arraignment.

    Jennifer Brooks, 46, of Bailey will return to court Feb. 20 for a pretrial conference.

  • Passing on the passion for reading

    It is not always easy to inspire a group of first-graders to come to school early, but James Vigil has found a way.

    The 10-year-old Parmalee Elementary School student began a book club for first-graders as part of a project for his advanced learning plan with fifth-grade teacher Caren Matteucci.

  • Jefferson County residents participate in Women’s March

    Amidst a government shutdown, women, men and children from Jefferson County and across Colorado gathered Saturday for the second Women’s March in downtown Denver.

    Though tens of thousands attended this year’s event, it was smaller than last year’s, which occurred the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Both years, the Denver event coincided with sister marches across the state and country.

  • Evergreen teen dies after rollover crash

    Rachel Hern, a 16-year-old Evergreen resident, died on Jan. 23 after sustaining life-threatening injuries in a single-car rollover accident three nights earlier.
    According to Colorado State Trooper Josh Lewis, Hern was a passenger in a 2000 silver Chevy Cavalier that was traveling westbound on Highway 74 near Divide View Road at 7:20 p.m. Lewis said the car went out of control, rotated and collided with the left shoulder before rolling.

  • Car-theft suspect no longer believed to be in El Rancho area

    Authorities are searching for a man suspected of stealing two cars, including one from an Evergreen residence on Wednesday, though he is not believed to still be in the Evergreen area.

    The suspect was believed to be in the El Rancho area this morning after he abandoned a car he allegedly initially stole in Gilpin County.

    Then, a gray truck was stolen from a residence in the 28000 block of Meadowlark Drive, the Jeffco Sheriff's Office confirmed via Twitter. The 2017 Dodge Ram with the license plate COD 084 has black tool boxes in the bed.

  • Community gathers to remember beloved EMS teacher

    Evergreen Middle School teacher Dale Lidicker loved to talk about politics, music and a host of other topics, but his eyes softened when he talked about his students who were so dear to his heart.

    “He was all about the kids,” principal Tim Vialpando told EMS community members who gathered Saturday to celebrate the legacy of Lidicker, who died Dec. 24 of a heart attack. “He loved his kids as only a soul like Dale could.”

  • No snow, no problem

    As the adage goes: When there’s a will, there’s a way.

    On Saturday before the snowstorm, Mount Vernon Canyon Club still managed to have its snowless Winter Fun Day with some creative ways for families to enjoy themselves outdoors.

    “Mother Nature is not going to defeat me,” Leatha LeBlanc, the club’s director of recreation and activities, said of holding the event despite the dearth of the white stuff covering the ground. “Mother Nature wasn’t going to help us out, so we had to do something else.”