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Today's News

  • Holiday performances planned at EHS, CHS

    Evergreen and Conifer high schools are planning holiday performances in December.

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, Evergreen High’s performing arts departments are presenting the 30th annual Madrigal Faire.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Conifer High’s drama department is presenting In A Holiday Mood: CHS Act One Theatre Company and Choirs Perform.

    Madrigal Faire

    The Madrigal Faire is a combination of a marketplace, concert and small-group performances.

  • 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.

  • Young, old get into the spirit at Conifer Christmas parade

    Five-year-old Isabella Kerr of Morrison and her cousin Teagan Wilton of Littleton were in the holiday spirit on Saturday as they waited for the Conifer Christmas parade to begin.

    They sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells” and other favorites while sitting in front of the Aspen Park Community Center on Sutton Road.

    “We want to have fun, and we like to sing,” said Teagan. “And Christmas is coming up.”

  • Huge surge propels EHS to victory

    Keigan Drysdale expected more of a press from Silver Creek. Her Evergreen Lady Cougars, ranked No. 4 in the CHSAANow.com 4A preseason poll, definitely prepared for such, she said. 

    They also prepared for more of a zone defense than what they saw. It didn’t come. At least not to the point of slowing down the Lady Cougars.

  • Schedule testing Conifer early on

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Eric Valerio’s last two Conifer boys basketball teams posted 8-0 records in non-conference play against mostly inferior competition, only to finish well below .500 in the 4A Jeffco League and be left out of the state tournament.

    Lesson learned the hard way.

  • Younger Lady Cougars hold their own against Conifer

    Natalie Kenchel is used to the comparisons. It doesn’t matter who it is or where she’s at, the Evergreen sophomore can usually count on being compared with older sister Katelyn, a key component to the Lady Cougars’ state success in recent years.

  • Cougars taketh away in rout

    Mike Dillon couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the season. The 6-foot-6 Evergreen senior, as good with his hands and outside shooting as he is at being an imposing inside presence for the Cougars, collected a steal — the first of many for EHS on the night — dribbled down court and delivered a season-opening slam.

  • Snowberries make an appearance despite little snow

    (Reprinted from Dec. 5, 2012)

    This has been an exceptionally warm, dry fall. We often have nice weather on Thanksgiving, but to have 60-degree days in December is unusual. Moist air coming in from the Pacific Ocean has soaked the West Coast with rain.

    It may reach here by the time this is published, and as it hits the higher mountains, it may well turn to snow. However, that still remains uncertain.

  • Donations pour in for Bailey couple who lost home, cat shelter in fire

    More than $15,000 has been raised for the Bailey couple whose home was destroyed in a fire early Sunday morning.

    LuAnn Pierce and Chris Brown, who operated the Colorado Companion Animal Sanctuary out of their home, lost everything after a fire broke out at the Holmes Gulch Road house on Dec. 4. According to a news release, firefighters from the Elk Creek and Platte Canyon fire departments arrived at 5:30 a.m. to battle the blaze, but were unsuccessful in saving the structure; a total of nine pieces of equipment and 27 responders were at the scene.

  • 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.