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Today's News

  • Mountain lion chases off-leash dog in Morrison

    A Morrison area resident and his dog encountered a mountain lion on their walk last week, and the cougar chased the canine some distance before running off.

    According to Jennifer Churchill at Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the man was walking his dog on Wild Turkey Trail near Red Rocks Country Club on Nov. 21. He let the dog off her leash, and she ran ahead of him and out of his sight.

    He called the dog, but she did not respond, and the man heard her yelping. He ran toward her and saw a mountain lion chasing the canine.

  • Students take time for some rhyme at Elk Creek Elementary

    Some students at Elk Creek Elementary School recently shared their favorite poems with fellow classmates and family.

    Called Poetry Café, the event is an annual tradition at the school. Students in all grades pick a poem to recite to the class, and then the teachers pick three to four students to participate in Poetry Café.

  • Evergreen Audubon finds a new year-round home

    A second base of operations will enable the Evergreen Audubon Society to provide year-round educational programming in addition to the warm-weather offerings at the Nature Center at Evergreen Lake.

    The organization is renting two offices, two classrooms and storage space in a former church building at 29997 Buffalo Park Road that is owned by Ascent Church Evergreen. Audubon board members said the new space was a major investment, but the location will fit the society’s needs perfectly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • For EFR recruits, the heat is on

    The heat was on Nov. 12 for the recruits in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter academy: They fought actual fires.

    The blazes were controlled in the department’s burn training building, but the flames and smoke were real — and the 18 recruits were both excited and apprehensive about practicing what they had learned for the past three months.

  • School board discusses teacher pay in wake of ballot failures

    Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation.