Today's News

  • A Journey timeline

    March 2008: Journey Community Church incorporates and moves to Conifer.

    September 2008: Journey begins holding church services at Conifer High School.

    March 2009: Pastor Michael Cheshire and some staff open low-price Detours Coffee on East Colfax Avenue in Denver, then close the shop in less than a year, break a lease agreement and leave unpaid bills to the property owner.

    April 2010: Journey opens the Angry Llama at Conifer Crossings.

  • Journey’s ties to attorney fray after interview with reporter

    Longtime Journey Community Church attorney Michael O’Connor told the Courier in an April interview that it seemed clear the church’s financial status “wasn’t properly reported” on the prospectus for bonds the church sold.

    Not long afterward, O’Connor and the former church leaders apparently parted ways.

    “There was debt. There’s no way to say there wasn’t,” O’Connor said in the interview. “It should have been reported, and it wasn’t.”

  • Journey debts

    The Courier has confirmed that Journey had the following debts:

    • Nearly $17,428 owed to Jeffco Public Schools for rent at Conifer High, according to figures provided by the school district. The district has since written off the debt.

    • $5,500 owed to Grace Church of the Rockies, where Journey rented facilities and housing space for staff, according to Ron Lewis of Grace Church.

    • $942 to Evergreen Newspapers for advertising.

  • Angry Llama left inspectors less than happy

    Journey Community Church’s Angry Llama restaurant venture was cited 36 times for violating 23 state food-safety regulations during routine and follow-up inspections between April 2012 and March 2014, according to Jeffco Public Health reports.

    Twenty-two of the violations were rated as critical by the county, which means they were more likely than others to contribute to food contamination or illness, the reports said.

  • Regulations for church bonds

    Issuing bonds is not uncommon for religious organizations.

    “They do it all the time,” state securities commissioner Jerry Rome said. “They’re an entity that has the ability to issue debt. … It is in fact fairly commonplace for nonprofits like religious organizations to do debt offerings by issuing bonds.”

    Groups that issue bonds must:

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

  • Sports briefs

    Carder places seventh in the 500 freestyle at state
    THORNTON — Evergreen High senior Zack Carder took seventh place in the 500-yard freestyle and 12th in the 200 freestyle at the 4A boys swimming state championships at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on May 16.

    Carder saw a time of 4 minutes, 57.36 seconds in the 500 freestyle, while he finished the 200 freestyle in 1:48.62.

    He scored all 17 of his team’s points as Evergreen placed 23rd.

  • Grise’s RBI double lifts Evergreen

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

  • Lady Cougars heartbroken after playoff loss

    Lauryn Jeans dropped crestfallen to the turf mere feet away from where members of Lewis-Palmer’s girls soccer team embraced in celebration. One by one, Jeans’ Evergreen teammates did the same as the tears began to flow.

    A season in which the top-seeded Lady Cougars have played liked the state’s best ended unceremoniously May 14 with a 1-0 loss in the 4A girls soccer state quarterfinals at Evergreen High School. Brianna Alger’s 23rd goal of the season in the game’s 23rd minute held up for eighth-seeded Lewis-Palmer.

  • Sprint medley relay team, Russell find medal stand

    LAKEWOOD — Kristina Schrieber said that there was definitely more pressure on her and her Evergreen High School 800-meter sprint medley relay teammates during the May 14 preliminaries than there was the next day for the finals. That’s because they sat right on the cut line entering the 4A state track & field championships of being a potential finalist or not.