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  • 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.


    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.

  • Kiwanis Club puts books in kids' hands

    As your eyes scan this sentence, tiny sparks of comprehension are firing off in your brain.

    The joy, the wonder and sometimes the frustration of making little symbols on a page mean something is, perhaps, best understood by young students learning to read.

    In this regard, third grade is critical — if students don’t learn to enjoy reading by the time they finish third grade, there’s very little chance they ever will, said Joe Wheeler of the Conifer Kiwanis.

  • Firefighters discuss suspicious fires with Green Mountain residents

    Last week, West Metro Fire officials met with about 100 people at Green Mountain United Methodist Church to tell them they are still investigating a string of seven suspicious fires but have not yet determined a cause or identified a suspect.

  • Pine residents seeking county approval to use recreational vehicles for road maintenance

    Residents of the Mountain View Lakes subdivision in Pine are seeking a change to Jeffco’s off-highway vehicle regulations to allow neighbors to legally perform their own snow removal and road maintenance.

  • Evergreen Golf Course will open Friday

    The Evergreen Golf Course will open for the season this Friday.

    Head pro Susie Helmerich said the course usually opens between March 10 and 20. While the course’s busiest months are in the summer and early fall, Helmerich said “a lot of locals” play in March and April.

    “(The course) is not in peak season in terms of conditions, but it’s an opportunity for people to get out and hit the ball without having to go down the hill,” Helmerich said.