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Today's News

  • Despite devastation, animal rescue group brings hope

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto
    For the Courier
    The Jefferson County Horse Evacuation Assistance Team began in 2002, when local firefighter Scott Halladay witnessed the destruction of the Hayman Fire.
    “I had just started doing animal rescue and just realized (that) we need to start getting educated about this,” Halladay said.
    The organization strives to help animals in time of disaster: From wildfires to floods, cruelty cases to vehicle accidents, this member-supported nonprofit has saved hundreds of animal lives in its 15 years of existence.

  • Jeffco commissioners sign off on revamped fire plan

    Earlier this month, the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners signed off on an abbreviated version of the 2017 Annual Fire Operating Plan that mirrors similar documents in all of Colorado’s 64 counties.

  • Slow-developing bill finally paid restitution

    On March 26, 2012, former Colorado House District 25 Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, was in a Joint Budget Committee meeting trying to close the state’s budget for the year.
    Gerou kept her laptop open to keep tabs on what was going on in the world outside the walls of the Capitol. Eventually, she received an e-mail from a friend who said a wildfire had ignited south of Conifer.

  • Man convicted for striking wife with hatchet

    A Clear Creek County man, who attacked his wife with a hatchet in 2015, pleaded guilty on Monday.
    Leland Thomas Kintzele, 69, pleaded guilty to attempting to commit second-degree murder, a class three felony, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by District Court Judge D. Wayne Patton.
    According to the arrest affidavit, in May 2015, Kintzele struck his now former wife 30 times in the back of the head because she planned to leave him.

  • 9-year-old Rankin found his passion for midget racecars early

    You’re never too young to find your passion.
    Elvis Rankin of Evergreen discovered his passion at 3 1/2 when his grandfather introduced him to his first midget racecar.
    Today at age 9, he has won an abundance of awards competing in Quarter Midget Racing and has a car in the American Museum of Speed in Lincoln, Neb.
    Elvis, along with his parents, Randy and Lisa Rankin, joined Rocky Mountain Quarter Midget Association after Elvis turned 5, and he has been racing every since.

  • Sheriff's Calls: A burning sensation
  • Faith that endures: Barbara Waldvogle and son Michael

    I met Barbara Waldvogle in 2012 shortly after she moved into the Life Care Center here in Evergreen. It is the privilege of local clergy to provide worship for the residents on a rotating basis. I have enjoyed this opportunity since 2004.

  • Former Evergreen skier headed to Italy for junior world championships

    Representing your country in a sport is a dream for many because it is one of the highest achievements possible.
    For Jordan Strande, 18, this dream is now a reality. Strande along with three others will represent the United States in the FIS Junior World Championships this week in Italy.
     “It is most definitely one of my greatest accomplishments,” stated Strande. “I’ve been working for this for a long time so to be able to represent the U.S. at such a big tournament is pretty sweet.”

  • Stop-Motion workshop brings technology, teens together

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto
    For the Courier

    The Evergreen Library held a Stop-Motion workshop for teenagers this past Friday.
    “We always try to teach teens to use technology — and often they know more than us — but if we can help them to incorporate it into their skill set in a new way, that’s good,” said Rachel Haggett, the Teen Services Librarian at the Jeffco County Public Library.

  • Our Readers Write

    No more prescribed burns
    Editor:

    Regarding the five-year anniversary article on the Lower North Fork Fire: Nothing pro or con on prescribed burns was said. In my opinion, there ought to be a law against prescribed burns.
    Three people would still be alive and 23 houses still lived in off Kuehster Road near Conifer. I have lived down on Foxton Road for the past 50-plus years, building our home in 1964.
    Down with prescribed burns forever!
    Harlen Jim Helker
    Conifer