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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Cougars back on track

    Connor Williams definitely noticed a change in how the Evergreen High wrestling team ran practice a year ago. Different than what he was used to when his father — Lane Williams — was the head coach. But it wasn’t such a big difference in his view.

  • For EFR recruits, the heat is on

    The heat was on Nov. 12 for the recruits in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter academy: They fought actual fires.

    The blazes were controlled in the department’s burn training building, but the flames and smoke were real — and the 18 recruits were both excited and apprehensive about practicing what they had learned for the past three months.

  • Aspen Ridge Church serves up holiday dinner for 300

    Getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 20 people involves a yearly orchestration to make sure everything is ready on time.

    Multiply that by 15, and you have dinner for 300 at Aspen Ridge Church in Marshdale. At 5 p.m. Sunday, volunteers served tons of turkey, mounds of mashed potatoes, gobs of gravy and scores of scoops of stuffing. Top that off with plenty of pie — pumpkin, apple, pecan — and lots of whipped cream.

  • RMAE kids sing a Thanksgiving tribute for family, friends

    Attalie Wardell was forthright on Nov. 16 about what the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen preschoolers were about to do:

    “We’re going to have a show!” the 4-year-old explained.

    Her classmate Cora Gregory added: “We are singing for our families. We are thankful for our moms and dads.”

    And 4-year-old Max Bergner finished the explanation: “We love our families.”

  • RMAE lays off seven to deal with budget shortfall

    Seven staff members at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen were laid off last week as the school works to balance its budget and deal with a decline in enrollment.

    The furloughed staff members are two deans, a kindergarten teacher, an in-house substitute teacher and three aides. In addition, an unfilled position was eliminated when the school’s math specialist also took on the position of middle-school math teacher.