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Today's News

  • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser brings community to the table

    By Andrea Tritschler, for the Courier

    Hands reached for the brilliantly colored and intricately designed bowls in wild excitement to find the perfect one. A large number of the 600 hand-painted, ceramic bowls went home with guests at the eighth annual Mountain Bowls Project, a fund-raising event for the Mountain Resource Center.

    On Oct. 18, the fund-raiser brought community members together for lunch and dinner with something special to take home. Each guest chose one of the bowls, which had been donated by the community.

  • Picnic table event raised $12,000 for local charities

    The world’s longest picnic table is the proverbial gift that keeps on giving. Not only has it placed Evergreen in the Guinness Book of World Records, but the event last month raised $12,000 for four mountain area charities.

    Victor Mills, a representative from the Leadership Evergreen class of 2015, who organized the record-setting event, said the group had a presentation ceremony at Beau Jo’s on Oct. 14 to give $3,000 checks to Evergreen Christian Outreach, LifeBridge, Loaves & Fishes and the Seniors’ Resources Center.

  • Deputies reunite man with cash

    When disposing of unneeded items, it’s best to double-check that nothing valuable is being tossed as well.

    One local man learned that over the weekend, after he inadvertently dropped off a box of cash at the Jeffco sheriff’s Drug Take-Back Day, a nationwide event that allows people to dispose of prescription drugs safely and responsibly.

  • 8-unit apartment building proposed in Kittredge

    A proposed rezoning to accommodate an eight-unit apartment building on Avenue C in Kittredge elicited concerns from nearby residents at a community meeting last week.

    The Powell family of Morrison is proposing to buy the property at 3402 Avenue C and build a two-story apartment building on an existing foundation; a single-family home; and a multicar garage. The plan would require rezoning to residential the part of the property that is currently zoned commercial.

  • Conifer High hosts trick-or-treat street, haunted house

    It might not yet be Halloween, but that didn’t stop the spirits from walking the earth Saturday night — along with werewolves and other monsters, real and mythical animals, ninjas, princesses and Disney characters.

    Conifer High School hosted its annual trick-or-treat street and haunted house for all ages Saturday night, drawing almost 150 visitors. About 30 student members of the Key Club and National Honor Society organized and hosted the event, dressing in costume to get in the spirit.

  • Foes of school district's bond, mill levy criticize facilities plan, shift of sixth-graders

    In the race up to Election Day, Jeffco Public Schools is facing some detractors regarding its proposed bond issue and mill levy — largely tied to apprehension over the total payback amount for the $535 million bond package; plans to move sixth-graders to middle schools; and a facilities plan that some parents believe was not well thought out.

  • New board votes to fire director of Rocky Mountain Academy

    The school board at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen on Wednesday night decided unanimously to fire executive director Roberta Harrell, and voted 4-3 to reinstate the six faculty members who were fired last week.

    The board’s actions came after three hours of closed meetings to discuss legal and personnel issues. There was no public discussion regarding Harrell’s termination.

  • Former Idaho Springs resident McEuen to perform at United Center on Nov. 3

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Nov. 3 will be a homecoming of sorts for John McEuen.

    The California native, who is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, lived in Clear Creek for 20 years.

    “It’s nice,” McEuen said in an interview, noting that Idaho Spring is close to skiing and not too far from the Denver airport. “There are nice people; it was a growing little town.”

  • Jeffco authorities participate in cross-country operation targeting sex traffickers

    The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force and local law enforcement partners — including the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and district attorney — last week targeted sex traffickers who put children up for sale in Colorado and Wyoming, arresting 11 pimps and 32 customers, and recovering nine children. 

  • Fun for thought: Parmalee tradition moves indoors

    Coen Kenny’s eyes lit up as his paper airplane launched high into the air and shot across the gym at Parmalee Elementary School.

    “Wow. I like this one best,” he said with a grin, gesturing to the wooden launcher that shot paper airplanes sequentially.

    Kenny was just one of hundreds of Parmalee students who attended the school’s annual Fall Family Fun Night on Oct. 19. Though the event is generally held outside and includes relay races and obstacle courses, it was moved indoors this year to accommodate cooler weather.