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Today's News

  • Early-morning fire destroys Conifer home

    A Conifer family escaped Friday morning from a fire that destroyed their home on Mormon Drive just after 5 a.m.

    According to the Twitter feed from mountain area fire departments, the blaze started about 4:40 a.m. and the home was 50 percent engulfed by the time responders from Elk Creek Fire arrived. Firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading to nearby trees and other structures in the area. 

  • Evergreen Fine Art planning to celebrate 25th anniversary

    Evergreen Fine Art Gallery will be celebrating its 25th anniversary Saturday, conjuring memories of the many events held at the high-end gallery over the years and the artists it has championed.

    The festivities begin at 2 p.m. and will feature more than 15 prominent artists who have been favorites at the gallery. Stacey Patterson, Pem Dunn and Robert Spooner will be on hand featuring recent works, and Edward Aldrich will conduct live demonstrations. Models will mix with the crowd displaying Andrea Li’s handcrafted jewelry.

  • Chorale, Jefferson Symphony to celebrate the season

    Once again the Evergreen Chorale, along with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, will embrace the season with their annual Christmas production. This year holiday classics and the mini-opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be presented Friday evening and Sunday afternoon at two separate locations. Because both shows promise to draw a huge audience, the opera and musical selections will be performed at Denver’s 100-year-old Central Presbyterian Church on Friday and at Rockland Community Church on Sunday.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning request for Catholic retreat

    The third time was a charm for the Archdiocese of Denver as Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved Tuesday a rezoning request that will pave the way for the construction of the Emmaus Catholic Retreat & Conference Center near Pine Junction.

  • Two-vehicle crash temporarily closes U.S. 285

    Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when their SUVs collided on U.S. 285 at Kings Valley Road in Conifer.

    According to State Trooper Rob Madden, the accident occurred about 3:11 p.m. in the intersection near mile marker 232 and temporarily shut down northbound U.S. 285 at 3:21 p.m. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

    The highway reopened before 4 p.m.

  • Huge surge propels EHS to victory

    Keigan Drysdale expected more of a press from Silver Creek. Her Evergreen Lady Cougars, ranked No. 4 in the CHSAANow.com 4A preseason poll, definitely prepared for such, she said. 

    They also prepared for more of a zone defense than what they saw. It didn’t come. At least not to the point of slowing down the Lady Cougars.

  • Schedule testing Conifer early on

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Eric Valerio’s last two Conifer boys basketball teams posted 8-0 records in non-conference play against mostly inferior competition, only to finish well below .500 in the 4A Jeffco League and be left out of the state tournament.

    Lesson learned the hard way.

  • Younger Lady Cougars hold their own against Conifer

    Natalie Kenchel is used to the comparisons. It doesn’t matter who it is or where she’s at, the Evergreen sophomore can usually count on being compared with older sister Katelyn, a key component to the Lady Cougars’ state success in recent years.

  • Cougars taketh away in rout

    Mike Dillon couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the season. The 6-foot-6 Evergreen senior, as good with his hands and outside shooting as he is at being an imposing inside presence for the Cougars, collected a steal — the first of many for EHS on the night — dribbled down court and delivered a season-opening slam.

  • Snowberries make an appearance despite little snow

    (Reprinted from Dec. 5, 2012)

    This has been an exceptionally warm, dry fall. We often have nice weather on Thanksgiving, but to have 60-degree days in December is unusual. Moist air coming in from the Pacific Ocean has soaked the West Coast with rain.

    It may reach here by the time this is published, and as it hits the higher mountains, it may well turn to snow. However, that still remains uncertain.