Local News

  • Conifer boy short-listed for prestigious award

    Five months after his work went on display at the Washington, D.C., home of Vice President Joe Biden, Morgan Wolfers has been short-listed for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award by the London Natural History Museum.

    If he wins, his work will be published in a book and featured in an international exhibition that will go on tour for a year.

  • Platte Canyon schools receive high performance rating from the state

    The Colorado Department of Education has rated the Platte Canyon School District as one of the highest performing in the state.

    Announced by Superintendent Brenda Krage on Oct. 4 and briefly discussed at the district’s school board meeting Oct. 10, the preliminary “district and school performance frameworks” ratings mean that all four schools in the district are meeting or exceeding state expectations when it comes to “academic achievement, academic longitudinal growth, academic gaps and post-secondary and workforce readiness.”

  • Yoga class not a stretch for Clear Creek teachers

    Teachers at Clear Creek High School/Middle School participated in a yoga class on Friday — clearing their minds and creating a sense of calm — before spending the day catching up on their work while students enjoyed a day off.

    Principal Elizabeth Gardner said the class’ purpose was twofold: to help teachers find some internal balance — as they typically spend their days interacting with students and parents — and to provide a fun activity for the staff to do together.

  • Hiking safety a priority

    The Alpine Rescue Team’s Safety Day on Saturday was a win-win for both attendees and rescuers.

    Attendees learned about backcountry safety and were able to attend seminars on cell phones and personal locator beacons, mountain weather and avalanche safety. They checked out the vehicles used in search-and-rescue operations and met with rescuers. There were also games to entertain the kids, a visit by a Flight for Life helicopter, and search-and-rescue dogs to meet.

  • Fire restrictions in place for unincorporated Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has issued stage 1 fire restrictions for all of unincorporated Jefferson County, effective at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

    According to a statement, the restrictions are being enacted due to “current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources.” 

  • Food pantry celebrates five years at MRC

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Volunteers at Leigh’s Pantry in Conifer know the clients.

    They’re on a first-name basis with many of them and know their struggles beyond food needs.

    The food pantry has had a consistent base of 11 volunteers since opening in the Mountain Resource Center five years ago this past September.

  • Pine couple bring to life personalities from the past

    Storytellers use all sorts of devices to convey their tales — visual aids, sound effects, lighting and shadows. But few storytellers actually become the story themselves.

    For biographical actors R.D. and Barb Melfi of Pine, this is the essence of their work — not merely acting the role, but living it.

    The Melfis have portrayed William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Annie Oakley, as well as other historical figures, across the country at schools, festivals, shows and conventions, and in movies and commercials.

  • A fine fall tradition: In gourds we trust

    Every fall, families across the mountain area welcome their old friend Jack — Jack O. Lantern, that is.

    Of course, to find Jack, many trek to their local pumpkin patch to pick out exactly what he will look like this year. Among rows of pumpkins and gourds, visitors young and old decide: taller or smaller; more round or more flat; yellow, orange, red or white.

    Many Evergreen residents, such as Jamie Brand and her children Gus, 9, and Anna, 7, have visited or will visit JP Total’s Pumpkin Patch as part of their annual fall tradition.

  • RMAE appoints new board in wake of faculty firings

    Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen now has six new school board members in the first step toward dealing with problems plaguing the charter school. Those difficulties came to a head in the last two weeks as seven board members resigned, the school’s executive director fired six faculty members, and parents and students protested the firings in front of the school.

    Kyle Stults, the sole remaining member of the board, convened a meeting Monday night at which he appointed six parent representatives to the board, and they elected officers.

  • Charitable effort creating warm feelings

    A bin filled with two dozen clothes hangers sat on a table outside the Conifer King Soopers on Sunday, a sign that Susannah’s Hope is making a difference.

    The empty hangers signified that two dozen coats had been given away to people who needed or wanted them.

    Susannah’s Hope is the pet project of Mary Black that has turned into a ministry at Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Conifer. Black’s goal is simple: keep people warm.