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  • Bergen Meadow teaches there’s a wide world to explore

    “With many cultures together, we create a masterpiece.”

    That’s the saying on a classroom door at Bergen Meadow Elementary, where February was Cultural Awareness Month, and students celebrated different cultures during the third annual Cultural Day.

    According to principal Peggy Miller, rather than celebrate a month for a specific heritage or race, the school of kindergartners through second-graders celebrates a plethora of heritages.

  • LESSON PLANS: EHS to perform ‘Into the Woods’ this weekend

    The Evergreen High School performing arts students hope audiences will take a walk with them “Into the Woods.”

    They will perform the musical Thursday through Saturday at the EHS auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. all three days with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at www.evergreenhstheater.org.

  • Criminal investigation underway in Bailey home explosion Friday night

    Hash-oil production is suspected in a home explosion that seriously injured three adults in Bailey on Friday night.

  • Special districts mulling potential property-tax losses due to Gallagher Amendment

    Beginning in 2018, John and Jane Q. Taxpayer could see an 18 percent reduction in their property taxes thanks to a little-known Colorado constitutional amendment known as Gallagher.
    But a lighter property-tax bill also means there’s a potential for less money to flow into the coffers of the state’s various taxing entities.

  • New youth music program in Conifer debuts, seeks instrument donations

    Though the guitar class is by far its most popular, Conifer’s newest music and arts school offers much more than sitting around the proverbial campfire singing “Kumbaya” while someone strums a six-string.

    Fireside Arts and Music, which officially opened its Green Valley studio late last month, is the latest project of StageDoor Theatre director Tyler Phillips and aims to fill what he calls a void in music-focused youth activities in the mountain area.

  • CRIME BRIEFS

    Former West Jeff teacher pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, formerly a gym teacher at West Jefferson Middle School, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust during his arraignment in Jefferson County Court on Feb. 27.

  • Snowpack Taproom debuts in Conifer

    Snowpack Taproom isn’t the place to find mass-produced alcoholic beverages. And you can also forget grease-laden bar-food standards.

    Conifer’s newest beer hall instead offers a rotating 16-tap spread of craft and microbrews, hard cider, and a selection of wine and liquor from U.S. distillers — all of which is primarily Colorado-produced. Add to that a small menu of fresh sandwiches, soups and salads, a dog-friendly patio and a bar made from beetle-kill pine, and you have what feels more like a community center than a pub.

  • Wildland fire near Corwina Park burns 2.5 acres

    Mountain area firefighters have contained a wildland fire Thursday south of Genesee and north of Corwina Park, along Highway 74 east of Kittredge.

    A helicopter and crews will remain on scene to help with hot spots, confirmed Stacee Martin, spokesperson for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    The fire was first reported near Cold Springs Gulch Road, which is north of Corwina Park, around 1:30 p.m. It was reported at 100 percent contained at 3:40 p.m. The fire has been estimated at approximately 2.5 acres, Martin said.

  • Firefighters contain grass fire in Conifer

    Firefighters from three area departments contained a small grass fire Wednesday afternoon that threatened structures on Noah Avenue in Conifer.

    According to Elk Creek Deputy Fire Chief Jacob Ware, the fire was first reported at 12:44 p.m. and initially threatened two homes in the 26000 block of Noah Avenue, just off Main Street. Firefighters from the Elk Creek, Inter-Canyon and Platte Canyon fire departments responded and fully contained the fire by 2:30 p.m.

  • Kiwanis Club puts books in kids' hands

    As your eyes scan this sentence, tiny sparks of comprehension are firing off in your brain.

    The joy, the wonder and sometimes the frustration of making little symbols on a page mean something is, perhaps, best understood by young students learning to read.

    In this regard, third grade is critical — if students don’t learn to enjoy reading by the time they finish third grade, there’s very little chance they ever will, said Joe Wheeler of the Conifer Kiwanis.