Today's News

  • Conifer Historical Society takes visitors on a tour of Kemp Cemetery

    By Andrea Tritschler, For the Courier

    Tucked away on the side of Pleasant Park Road is a small, old cemetery, so much a part of the landscape it often goes unnoticed.

    But on Saturday, the Conifer Historical Society made Kemp Cemetery the star of its show, with a tour that highlighted why.

  • All-terrain wheelchair delivered to Staunton State Park in local man's memory

    Eight weeks ago, it was considered a “someday” project. But on Friday it became a reality when nonprofit group Friends of Staunton State Park presented an all-terrain wheelchair to park officials that can be used by disabled visitors.

    Purchase of the chair was the result of fund-raising efforts that saw more than $40,000 donated in a very short period.

    Gifted in honor of former Elk Falls Ranch resident Mark Madsen, the chair was officially presented by Sparky, Madsen's service dog.

  • Yoga class not a stretch for Clear Creek teachers

    Teachers at Clear Creek High School/Middle School participated in a yoga class on Friday — clearing their minds and creating a sense of calm — before spending the day catching up on their work while students enjoyed a day off.

    Principal Elizabeth Gardner said the class’ purpose was twofold: to help teachers find some internal balance — as they typically spend their days interacting with students and parents — and to provide a fun activity for the staff to do together.

  • Conifer boy short-listed for prestigious award

    Five months after his work went on display at the Washington, D.C., home of Vice President Joe Biden, Morgan Wolfers has been short-listed for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award by the London Natural History Museum.

    If he wins, his work will be published in a book and featured in an international exhibition that will go on tour for a year.

  • Platte Canyon schools receive high performance rating from the state

    The Colorado Department of Education has rated the Platte Canyon School District as one of the highest performing in the state.

    Announced by Superintendent Brenda Krage on Oct. 4 and briefly discussed at the district’s school board meeting Oct. 10, the preliminary “district and school performance frameworks” ratings mean that all four schools in the district are meeting or exceeding state expectations when it comes to “academic achievement, academic longitudinal growth, academic gaps and post-secondary and workforce readiness.”

  • Author recounts his animal adventures for Parmalee students

    Students at Parmalee Elementary received a lesson in science when Roland Smith, a former zookeeper, biologist and author of more than 40 books, visited the school last week, on Oct 10.

    “When I left the Portland zoo, I was this senior feline keeper. Can you say that?” Smith asked the younger crew of students who attended his first presentation of the morning.

    “Senior feline keeper!” the crowd answered.

  • Jeffco jail inmate used bedsheet to commit suicide

    A Jeffco jail inmate who committed suicide last week used a bedsheet to hang himself, a Jeffco sheriff’s  spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    David Little, 40, of Wheat Ridge was booked into the jail on June 28 on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree murder, attempted assault with a deadly weapon and sexual assault on a child. Little was found unconscious in his cell about 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

  • County commissioners review proposed 2017 budget

    Jeffco’s county commissioners received a preview on Tuesday of the 2017 budget, and although it is balanced, one official raised concerns about once again dipping into reserves to keep the county in the black.

  • Hitchhiker accused of pulling gun on motorist is arrested

    A hitchhiker who is accused of pulling a gun on a driver in Evergreen was arrested Wednesday morning.

    Steven Garcia, 25, of Denver is facing charges of second-degree assault, aggravated robbery and menacing, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said a motorist stopped about 9:55 a.m. to pick up a hitchhiker near the intersection of Brook Forest and Blue Creek roads. The motorist told deputies that he stopped because the hitchhiker was carrying a lot of items.

  • Domestic violence a hidden problem in the mountain area

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in the mountain communities in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which takes place annually in October.

    Domestic violence: Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by it.