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  • 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. 

  • Tree-cutting event raises funds for 12 students to attend SEACAMP

    By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    “Get it, babe,” Megan Pinson encouraged her husband, John.

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    THWACK!

    Then, with a little shove, the small tree toppled.

  • Scout and his friends build pergola at lake

    A local boy scout and his friends helped build a pergola for the deck area near the Evergreen Lake House.

    Steven McDermond, 16, a Conifer High School student and a member of Troop 400, organized the project as part of his efforts to become an Eagle Scout.

    McDermond said he asked for ideas for his service project at the Wulf Recreation Center, and special-populations coordinator Maren Schreiber said that when lake visitors use the picnic tables in the summer, it can get very warm in the sun.

  • Author honored for memoir about surviving abuse

    A Conifer author was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2016 Kindle eBook Awards.

    Kathryn Brettell’s “The Olive Picker” is a memoir about surviving domestic violence and abuse. The book’s opening chapter is about Brettell’s life-changing experience on Oct. 8, 2008, when her then-husband attacked her and she fought him off.

    The rest of the book deals with the different types of abuse Brettell experienced throughout her life and the “common threads” among them.

  • Program to shelter homeless up and running in Evergreen

    More than 200 volunteers are prepared to provide the area’s homeless with a warm meal and a place to sleep now that temperatures have gotten colder.

    Evergreen’s Emergency Shelter Program went into action two weeks ago, though as of Friday no one had yet taken advantage of the program, according to program director Kaethe Zellner.

    “We have nine people pre-registered,” Zellner said, “but nobody has actually shown up to use it.”