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Today's News

  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious

    The blaze earlier this week that charred nearly 100 acres on Green Mountain in Lakewood apparently was one of five suspicious fires in the area in November, according to a news release from West Metro Fire.

    The other four fires all were less than an acre in size. But Monday's blaze on Green Mountain spread quickly in high winds and threatened several homes to the east before it was contained.

  • Meet A Ranger: Mary Ann Bonnell

    Name: Mary Ann Bonnell, also known as Jeffco Open Space's "Ranger No. 1"

    Originally from: Alamogordo, N.M.

    How long have you been a ranger?

    "Six years with Colorado Parks & Wildlife; two with Aurora; and now two-and-a-half with Jeffco Open Space."

    Which park, anywhere, do you like to visit most in your spare time?

  • EPRD’s 2017 budget brings little public comment at hearing

    Little public comment was heard at a meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board Nov. 16 on the proposed 2017 budget, but the focus was on increases in compensation for district employees.

    EPRD is anticipating a 4.7 percent increase in district revenues and a 2.4 percent increase in expenses overall from 2016’s budget.

  • West Jeff kindergartners retell the Thanksgiving story

    West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergarten class performed a Thanksgiving play for parents, family members and friends last Thursday morning.

    The play performed by the 34 youngsters re-created the history of the Puritan pilgrims who came to America from England to escape religious persecution, and to make a new life in the so-called New World. The play has been a tradition at West Jeff for at least a decade.

  • Remembering a real American hero

    Several weeks ago a group of World War II veterans quietly gathered in Atlanta for what in all likelihood would be their final reunion. All in their 90s, they were the last remnant of a group of American volunteers that secretly traveled overseas in 1941 to fly combat missions against a brutal Japanese offensive in Asia. Their heroic exploits earned them the nickname “Flying Tigers.” To this day the Chinese speak of them in reverent tones, and few Flying Tigers were more revered than the spirited squadron leader known as Scarsdale Jack.

  • Annual Festival of Trees bathes The Barn in holiday spirit

    By Kevin M. Smith, for the Courier

    Mountain area residents got into the holiday spirit on Saturday with the fifth annual Festival of Trees and Wine & Dine event at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park.

    “It’s my favorite event,” said Sharon Trilk, who helps coordinate the gala with the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • 2016-17 prep wrestling capsule previews

    EVERGREEN COUGARS
    Head coach: Lucas Burrier
    Assistant coaches: Steve Sogan, Josh Bainbridge, RJ Haynes 
    Region: 4A Region 3

  • PAC Rugby program raising funds to send team to Ireland

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Hugh Miller has never backed down from a challenge since he relocated to the Bailey/Conifer area in 1999. A social studies teacher at Platte Canyon High School, Miller brought with him a strong background in rugby, which he used to found Bailey Youth Rugby.

  • Huskies’ numbers are down, but their experience is up

    Ryley McMahen was winning his semifinal match at regionals last year against Clear Creek’s Matthew McNeil. He was waiting for McNeil to attempt a throw, one that McMahen was resisting, so that the Platte Canyon grappler could turn the tables on his Frontier League foe. Then it happened.

    McMahen’s leg snapped. His ACL was torn, ending his season and any hope of joining his four Platte Canyon teammates at last season’s 3A state wrestling tournament.

  • Lobos have high hopes

    Jack Prentner, despite going 0-2, looks back at last year’s 4A state tournament debut as a positive experience.

    “It was breathtaking at the Pepsi Center. It was really unbelievable. I went two and out, but I still had a great experience,” Prentner said. “I know how hard I have to work. I know what it takes. I also know what I need to improve on.”