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Today's News

  • Wildlife watch: The scourge of mange and the mighty mites

    By Christie Greene
    For the Courier

  • Hicks takes over Evergreen Newspapers

    Readers of the Canyon Courier will see a changing of the guard this week as editor Doug Bell retires and Michael Hicks takes the editorial reins of Evergreen Newspapers.
    Bell, who has served as editor for 11 years, will spend more time traveling, playing hockey and teaching journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
    Bell has nearly 40 years of experience as a journalist, having also worked at the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Greeley Tribune, Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Daily Camera in Boulder.

  • Evergreen girls to play for 4A state title

    DENVER – At the start of the 2016-17 season, the Evergreen Lady Cougars didn’t know how good they would be, having graduated six seniors, including the school’s all-time leading scorer in Samantha Kisiel.

    Yet, the Evergreen Lady Cougars are back in the 4A state championship game.

    Claudia Dillon had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Keigan Drysdale added 11 points in EHS’ 45-29 win over Pueblo West in the 4A Final Four on Thursday afternoon at the Denver Coliseum.

  • Evergreen girls to play for 4A state title

    DENVER – At the start of the 2016-17 season, the Evergreen Lady Cougars didn’t know how good they would be having graduated s six seniors, including the school’s all-time leading scorer in Samantha Kisiel.

  • New youth music program in Conifer debuts, seeks instrument donations

    Though the guitar class is by far its most popular, Conifer’s newest music and arts school offers much more than sitting around the proverbial campfire singing “Kumbaya” while someone strums a six-string.

    Fireside Arts and Music, which officially opened its Green Valley studio late last month, is the latest project of StageDoor Theatre director Tyler Phillips and aims to fill what he calls a void in music-focused youth activities in the mountain area.

  • CRIME BRIEFS

    Former West Jeff teacher pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, formerly a gym teacher at West Jefferson Middle School, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust during his arraignment in Jefferson County Court on Feb. 27.

  • Snowpack Taproom debuts in Conifer

    Snowpack Taproom isn’t the place to find mass-produced alcoholic beverages. And you can also forget grease-laden bar-food standards.

    Conifer’s newest beer hall instead offers a rotating 16-tap spread of craft and microbrews, hard cider, and a selection of wine and liquor from U.S. distillers — all of which is primarily Colorado-produced. Add to that a small menu of fresh sandwiches, soups and salads, a dog-friendly patio and a bar made from beetle-kill pine, and you have what feels more like a community center than a pub.

  • Wildland fire near Corwina Park burns 2.5 acres

    Mountain area firefighters have contained a wildland fire Thursday south of Genesee and north of Corwina Park, along Highway 74 east of Kittredge.

    A helicopter and crews will remain on scene to help with hot spots, confirmed Stacee Martin, spokesperson for Evergreen Fire/Rescue.

    The fire was first reported near Cold Springs Gulch Road, which is north of Corwina Park, around 1:30 p.m. It was reported at 100 percent contained at 3:40 p.m. The fire has been estimated at approximately 2.5 acres, Martin said.

  • Former Evergreen Crafters building demolished

    The building that was once home to Evergreen Crafters in downtown Evergreen has been demolished.

    The 117-year-old cottage on the corner of Douglas Park Road and Main Street was partially torn down in February 2016 after being vacant since 2008.

    A demolition crew tore down the rest of it Monday.

    In February 2016, Jeff Bradley, an engineer for the Ross-Lewis Trust, which owns the property, said he hoped to restore the building to how it looked in the 1930s, when it was a rustic tea room.

  • Firefighters contain grass fire in Conifer

    Firefighters from three area departments contained a small grass fire Wednesday afternoon that threatened structures on Noah Avenue in Conifer.

    According to Elk Creek Deputy Fire Chief Jacob Ware, the fire was first reported at 12:44 p.m. and initially threatened two homes in the 26000 block of Noah Avenue, just off Main Street. Firefighters from the Elk Creek, Inter-Canyon and Platte Canyon fire departments responded and fully contained the fire by 2:30 p.m.