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Today's News

  • Mutton bustin’, other activities keep Western heritage alive at Family Fun Night

    By Seth Bodine, for the Courier

    When 5-year-old Cooper Alapai of Conifer climbed onto a sheep for the second round of the mutton bustin’ event at the Evergreen Rodeo on Friday night, the announcer introduced him as a “real cowboy.” 

  • Smoke in the area attributed to out-of-state fires

    Smoke visible in the Evergreen and Conifer area is not from a local fire but rather the result of major wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.

    According to Curt Rogers, fire chief at the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department, smoke from the Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, as well as the Cedar Creek Fire in Arizona, is drifting into Colorado and causing visibility issues. Rogers also said that a 700-acre wildfire at Fort Carson also could be contributing to the visibility issues.

  • Farmers market cultivating followers at new location

    Walking through the parking lot of Evergreen Country Day School, there is a delicious mixture of smells and bright colors. The strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, baking empanadas, potted flowers, homemade soap, honeys, jams, and fresh produce — when combined with the dazzling array of jewelry, hair accessories and bold-colored clothing — strongly tempt any visitor with one lingering thought. “Buy something.”

  • Bridge at Lake Park to be replaced this fall

    The bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park will be replaced this fall, meaning there will be no vehicle access to the park for several months.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said the Lake House will not host events or weddings from mid-September until mid-November or early December. She said no event reservations were being accepted during the planned construction period.

  • Entry with ‘bite’ is tops at Rhubarb Fest

    Pine Grove’s 29th annual Rhubarb Festival was a hot one — from scorching temperatures to a parade featuring the chrome bumpers of classic cars to the unusual dish that won the annual bake-off, it was a weekend burned into memory.

  • New exhibit at Mirada Fine Art takes a walk on the ‘wild’ side

    Wild: Some are born to be it, some explore it on foot or in four-wheelers. Next weekend, Mirada Fine Art explores the animal kingdom of the West with “WILD,” a new exhibit featuring work from a dozen artists who have their own ideas about what it means to be wild.

    According to gallery owner Steve Sonnen, the exhibit resulted from a conversation about Colorado wildlife and how much of the artwork showcased at the gallery represents nature and its wild denizens.

  • School employees cite concerns about workload, pay

    Overall positive feedback from parents and students was offset by employee concerns about workload and pay in a recent survey taken by Jeffco Public Schools.

    The district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey, which polled students in second through 12th grades and was completed by about 77 percent of the district’s students, found that most students felt cared about and respected by teachers and school staff; furthermore, about 90 percent of all students said they had friends or people they felt connected to at school.

  • Kids learn to fish on the fly

    The Buchanan Ponds were teeming with life on Saturday — not fish or other critters, but more than 100 people fly-fishing as part of the High Plains Drifters’ Kids Day.

    The fish weren’t really biting, but that didn’t seem to matter to the young and old alike, who were practicing their fly-fishing skills.

    The High Plains Drifters fly-fishing club, based in Denver, hosted its 23rd annual Kids Day at the North Evergreen location because members said it was the perfect venue to teach kids about their passion.

  • Heritage Ride kicks off Evergreen Rodeo week

    About 30 horses and their riders returned to scattered cheers at the Evergreen Rodeo Grounds after a two-hour fund-raising trail ride Sunday. Led by Evergreen Rodeo Association president Mark Johnson, the Heritage Ride kicked off the start of Evergreen Rodeo week by supporting the Colorado Horse Council.

  • 200 bikers bark up a charitable tree

    The love of both motorcycles and canines converged on Sunday at Chow Down in Bergen Park as nearly 200 bikers participated in the Molly-Dharma Run, with this year’s beneficiary the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    Participants rode from the Platte River Bar & Grill in Littleton to Evergreen to meet some of EAPL’s adoptable pets, then on to Central City, returning to the T-Bird Roadhouse in Wheat Ridge for a party and silent auction. EAPL will receive the proceeds from registration fees and the auction.