Today's News

  • 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.

  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Conifer Historical Society takes visitors on a tour of Kemp Cemetery

    By Andrea Tritschler, For the Courier

    Tucked away on the side of Pleasant Park Road is a small, old cemetery, so much a part of the landscape it often goes unnoticed.

    But on Saturday, the Conifer Historical Society made Kemp Cemetery the star of its show, with a tour that highlighted why.

  • All-terrain wheelchair delivered to Staunton State Park in local man's memory

    Eight weeks ago, it was considered a “someday” project. But on Friday it became a reality when nonprofit group Friends of Staunton State Park presented an all-terrain wheelchair to park officials that can be used by disabled visitors.

    Purchase of the chair was the result of fund-raising efforts that saw more than $40,000 donated in a very short period.

    Gifted in honor of former Elk Falls Ranch resident Mark Madsen, the chair was officially presented by Sparky, Madsen's service dog.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Author recounts his animal adventures for Parmalee students

    Students at Parmalee Elementary received a lesson in science when Roland Smith, a former zookeeper, biologist and author of more than 40 books, visited the school last week, on Oct 10.

    “When I left the Portland zoo, I was this senior feline keeper. Can you say that?” Smith asked the younger crew of students who attended his first presentation of the morning.

    “Senior feline keeper!” the crowd answered.