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Today's News

  • Happy Hippy Market in Marshdale offers food, healing

    The Happy Hippy Market has a pretty cool name.

    The shop in the log cabin behind The Den restaurant in Marshdale has a bit of everything — and more.

    Marie St. Denis recently opened the shop as a place for local residents or those driving between Evergreen and Conifer to conveniently stop to grab eggs, milk or a quick dinner. Plus, there are locally produced candles, soaps and other items.

  • 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.

  • Wilmot book swap designed to keep students reading

    Wilmot Elementary School students participated in a book swap on Friday — the school’s attempt to keep kids reading during winter break.

    The idea was simple: All last week, students brought gently used books they no longer wanted and received tickets for each book. Then, on Friday, they could look through about 2,000 books to find something new to read. A ticket equaled a new book, and those who wanted more books could buy them for 50 cents each.

  • 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. 

  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious

    The blaze earlier this week that charred nearly 100 acres on Green Mountain in Lakewood apparently was one of five suspicious fires in the area in November, according to a news release from West Metro Fire.

    The other four fires all were less than an acre in size. But Monday's blaze on Green Mountain spread quickly in high winds and threatened several homes to the east before it was contained.

  • Indian Hills Fire board holds hearing on 2017 budget

    The Indian Hills Fire Protection District board moved forward with its 2017 budget after holding a public hearing Nov. 30.

    The proposed 2017 budget totals $358,043, an increase of nearly $14,000 from the previous year, largely due to capital expenditures. Some $25,000 is set aside for fire station improvements, and the budget designates $17,500 for the purchase of new vehicles.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.