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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Pieces starting to fall into place for EHS after tournament victory

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — The dynamics augured a slow start for Evergreen’s volleyball team: a first-year head coach, the loss of six key seniors from a 4A state tournament team and a 2016 roster top heavy with seniors and sophomores.

  • Huskies escape Diggers’ rally on Schmidt’s late TD

    BAILEY — Otis Schmidt shared an embrace with his father, Mike, who also serves as Platte Canyon’s head football coach, after the game. Otis, the team’s senior quarterback, was thankful for the opportunity he had been given just moments earlier.

    Sure, Mike Schmidt calls the Huskies’ plays, but Otis Schmidt had to run it to perfection. He did just that.

  • EHS boys, girls cross country take second at regionals

    Brandon Swenson won the 4A Region 1 cross country championship in a time of 15 minutes, 47.64 seconds, and Evergreen’s boys and girls teams took second place on Oct. 20 in Grand Junction to qualify for the 4A state meet.

    Swenson’s time was a personal best. His teammate, Weston Donati-Leach, came in second in 15:57.70. According to head coach Rob Wright, it’s the first time in school history that a pair of Evergreen runners ran a sub-16-minute time in the same race. Freshman Colin Szuch was 16th in 16:51.61.

  • Conifer boys cross country team qualifies for 3A state

    THORNTON — Maybe it wasn’t to be the year, just like in 2012 when the Conifer boys cross country team won a 4A Jeffco League championship. 

    But the Lobos didn’t get the message then and not now, either, because they’re going back to state. This time in 3A.