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Today's News

  • Blodgett acquitted on vehicular homicide charges

    Curtis Blodgett, the New Hampshire man accused of causing the crash that killed former Conifer resident Jana Elliott last July, was found not guilty of vehicular homicide on Thursday.

    Following a two-day trial that began March 21, jury members acquitted Blodgett of the felony charge but deadlocked on a second charge of driving under the influence — resulting in a partial mistrial; Blodgett was also charged with driving without insurance, a count he pleaded guilty to before the trial commenced.

  • School district cuts music teacher position at Fitzsimmons Middle

    Less than two weeks after Superintendent Brenda Krage announced that Platte Canyon Schools would consider budget cuts and layoffs for the 2018-19 school year, the school district has confirmed that it will eliminate at least one teaching position next year.

  • CHS grad makes grand jeté with Cleo Parker Robinson tour stop

    Lauren Ader-Cumpston was 3 years old when she walked through the doors of Peak Academy of Dance in Conifer, intent on getting into a tutu and ballet slippers. She was about 14 when she left Peak Academy to study classical ballet in Denver under the guidance of Nikoloz Makhateli and Anastasiya Buechele.

    Three years later, she was Conifer High School’s valedictorian and headed for the University of Colorado at Denver — all while continuing her ballet studies on the side.

    But Ader-Cumpston isn’t your typical ballerina.

  • Real estate prices not negatively affected by fire

    Two real estate agents working in the Kuehster Road area say home prices in the Lower North Fork Fire area were not hugely impacted by the devastating fire.

    That is due in part to the tight housing market and the type of properties in the area. The properties tend to be large — 40 acres or more —are more rangeland, not subdivisions.

    “The market has been crazy because the industry is so tight,” said Robert Martin with RE/MAX in Conifer. “That helps everybody.”

  • Lessons learned: Lower North Fork Fire changed the lives of residents forever

    The families living along Kuehster Road south of Conifer have learned lessons and come to realizations as a result of the Lower North Fork Fire: the power of neighbor helping neighbor, the lack of faith in the government, the anxiety that returns as they recount the harrowing hours they spent getting out and waiting to learn what they would return to — and that time does not necessarily heal all wounds.

  • BUSINESS BEAT: Evergreen eatery returning to making primarily soup

    Da Kind Soups in Evergreen is going back to its roots.

    The restaurant on Meadow Drive will close on Friday, spend about a month reconfiguring its space and reopen selling bags of soups. There will be more soup options and bag sizes from single servings to quarts, which will be available for pickup or to ship.

    The soups, which are not frozen, can be heated up in hot water, the preferable method, or in a microwave. Soup will be available for purchase in the store, and they are expanding to offer a soup-shipping business.

  • Platte Canyon has showing at Mercury Classic in Brighton

     BRIGHTON — Platte Canyon showed strength as a team during the Mercury Classic in Brighton on Thursday.

    On the girls side, Hayley Rayburn led Platte Canyon with a second-place finish as she cleared 9 feet, 6 inches with her highest jump. Kaylynn MacGill placed fourth while Kenny Thomas finished ninth.

  • Conifer girls blank Wheat Ridge

    The Conifer girls lacrosse team showed perfection on defense Thursday night in a 12-0 victory over Wheat Ridge.

    Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Estill faced little adversity in the win as Wheat Ridge took just two shots on goal, both stopped by Estill.

  • Evergreen swimming wins Chatfield Invitational

    LITTLETON — In the believe-it-or-not category, Jack Moranetz and Josh Gauvain, the star junior swimmers for D’Evelyn and Evergreen, who competed in the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s 4A Jeffco and state meets, have never met formally and say they are, at the most, only vaguely familiar with each other’s accomplishments.

  • Evergreen girls find success against Rangeview

    In sports, success often comes after years of building a strong program. For the Evergreen girls lacrosse team, winning is becoming a familar thing and the program is only in year one.

    On March 22, the Cougars picked up its second win of the season with a 20-2 victory over Rangeview.

    “I thought the girls played good,” said Evergreen head coach Kevin Krum. “It is early in the season so we still have quite a bit to work on.”