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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.