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Today's News

  • 'Santa's Beard' started growing at Flying J Ranch

    Former Conifer resident Sharon Thayer, whose book “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” is now available in hardback, has revealed the source of inspiration for the holiday favorite: Flying J Ranch Park.

    Thayer, now a resident of Texas, worked with children in a day-care center when she lived in Conifer. She wrote the book in 2001 and had it published in 2012 with illustrations by Marci Chambers, a former resident of the South Park area.

  • A window to the artistic soul

    Pamela Rhoades sat at a table inside the cozy Java Groove, not looking out the windows but at them.

    Each window was decorated with paintings of various winter scenes — a snowman, children ice-skating, a man ice-fishing, a snow-covered hillside.

    This is Rhoades’ handiwork, and she hopes the paintings portray wintry scenes the mountain area recognizes as its own.

  • Risen Lord Lutheran welcomes a temporary shepherd

    Risen Lord Lutheran Church is snuggly tucked away in an office building along Conifer’s Sutton Road near Dallman Drive. The interior is humble and unassuming — basic windows, modest furniture and kitchen utilities, and blue skies and white clouds decorating some panels in the ceiling.

    Instead of a large altar, the church has a plain circular table around which worshippers gather for the sacraments.

    In its own way, this worship space feels a bit like a home away from home.

    And that’s really the point, says Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer.

  • Thanks, Hank, for the memories

    Several years ago our newspapers were in need of a new publisher, and the mother ship in Kentucky sent word that the leading candidate would be arriving from Florida on an upcoming Sunday afternoon. However, it was with little regret — and virtually no fear for my job — that I told my out-of-state bosses I would have to meet Tim Zeman at a much later hour.

  • Planners recommend approval of controversial Rooney Valley rezoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission recommended last Thursday night that land on the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge be rezoned for planned development, which could pave the way for car dealerships, a hotel and retail.

    On a 5-2 vote that came after two nights of presentations and vociferous opposition, the commission largely cited fears over what the current zoning could permit as a reason for granting the approval.

  • Victims of Bailey fire owe lives to alert niece

    If you ask LuAnn Pierce, she and husband Christian Brown — as well as 11 of their pets and special-needs rescue animals — owe their lives to one person: their 21-year old niece, Katie Tuten.

    About two weeks ago, the cottage on Holmes Gulch Road in Bailey that Pierce and Brown called home for a year burned to the ground in an early-morning fire. Despite the efforts of 27 responders from the Elk Creek and Platte Canyon fire departments, the house was declared a total loss within an hour of the initial emergency call.

  • Lobos’ 11 treys not enough vs. Golden

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    GOLDEN — Inside the 3-point line belonged to Golden’s boys basketball team Dec. 9.

    The Demons, ranked No. 4 in the CHSAANow.com Class 4A boys hoops poll, limited Conifer to just two made 2-point field goals in the non-league game against former 4A Jeffco League foes. 

  • Huskies’ experience the difference in dual

    EVERGREEN — Connor Peterson feels like he’s gotten better as a wrestler, but he also knew after his match Dec. 12 against Clear Creek’s George Gothman that the Golddiggers sophomore is an improving grappler as well.

  • Condit continues early success

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    CONIFER — In high school years, Zander Condit is a babe in the woods roaming the halls at Conifer. But on the wrestling mat, the freshman struts like a seasoned veteran.

  • Lady Cougars zone in on defense, top Mullen

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Evergreen graduated five key seniors from last season’s 4A girls basketball runner-up team and returned just one of note for 2016-17, so a drop-off of sorts would be understandable.

    Voters in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll apparently weren’t convinced, slotting the Lady Cougars at No. 4.