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Today's News

  • Fire restrictions in place for unincorporated Jeffco

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has issued stage 1 fire restrictions for all of unincorporated Jefferson County, effective at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

    According to a statement, the restrictions are being enacted due to “current dry conditions favorable for the possibility of a wildfire, and limited availability of fire control resources.” 

  • Food pantry celebrates five years at MRC

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Volunteers at Leigh’s Pantry in Conifer know the clients.

    They’re on a first-name basis with many of them and know their struggles beyond food needs.

    The food pantry has had a consistent base of 11 volunteers since opening in the Mountain Resource Center five years ago this past September.

  • Pine couple bring to life personalities from the past

    Storytellers use all sorts of devices to convey their tales — visual aids, sound effects, lighting and shadows. But few storytellers actually become the story themselves.

    For biographical actors R.D. and Barb Melfi of Pine, this is the essence of their work — not merely acting the role, but living it.

    The Melfis have portrayed William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Annie Oakley, as well as other historical figures, across the country at schools, festivals, shows and conventions, and in movies and commercials.

  • 'Peril at Polls' takes center stages — actually, it's melodrama

    At the convention of Colorado’s “Do Nothing Party,” the villain A. Beast — pronounced “best”; the “a” is silent — enters to boos and hisses, and proclaims that he is “one of the convention plotters — I mean, planners.”

    These are only a few of the amusing moments that pervade the melodrama “Peril at the Polls.”

  • A fine fall tradition: In gourds we trust

    Every fall, families across the mountain area welcome their old friend Jack — Jack O. Lantern, that is.

    Of course, to find Jack, many trek to their local pumpkin patch to pick out exactly what he will look like this year. Among rows of pumpkins and gourds, visitors young and old decide: taller or smaller; more round or more flat; yellow, orange, red or white.

    Many Evergreen residents, such as Jamie Brand and her children Gus, 9, and Anna, 7, have visited or will visit JP Total’s Pumpkin Patch as part of their annual fall tradition.

  • Turnovers prove to be costly for Evergreen on senior night

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Evergreen football fans hoping the 2016 opener would be a barometer for their team’s passing offense have been sadly disappointed. Instead of progressing, or even maintaining, from an 18-of-30, 238-yard, three-touchdown effort, the Cougars have regressed.

  • Romero, Ley approve of altitude, times at league meet

    By Steve Smith
    For the Courier

    FORT LUPTON — Conifer’s Julia Romero and Jacob Ley particularly liked the results of the Colorado 7 League cross country race at Fort Lupton High School on Oct. 13.

    The Lobos took first in both the boys and girls divisions.

  • Evergreen packs it in, wins 4A Jeffco League title

    LITTLETON — Angie Harrington is, by her own admission, a superstitious person. So the Evergreen Lady Cougars girls cross country coach didn’t want to know the official final score until she saw it for herself. She wasn’t expecting what she saw.

    The Evergreen girls had won the 4A Jeffco League cross country title on Oct. 14 at Clement Park.

  • Young Lobos on the rise

    ARVADA — If anyone had told coach Carrie Oletski at the beginning of the season that her Conifer Lady Lobos would go 16-6, win a 4A/3A Colorado 7 and earn a regional tournament berth, would she have believed it?

    You bet.

    “I would’ve taken that in a heartbeat,” Oletski said. “I thought we would be good. I didn’t know how good we were until we played the first couple of games.”

  • Kuzava, Cuntz capture state title

    It had already been two days, but the reality of the situation hadn’t really sunk in for Blake Kuzava that he and Jack Cuntz had won a 4A state doubles championship until he got to school on Monday morning. 

    When classmates started coming up and offering their congratulations — just the fact that they knew what the senior duo had accomplished on Oct. 15 in Pueblo — that’s when it hit home.