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  • Editor’s note: The Courier profiled Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire, at the beginning of April. We have checked on their progress six months after the disaster.

    One step forward and two steps back.

    That’s the best way to describe the past six months for Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire. Moeller says they still have good and bad days after the devastating fire, which started six months ago today.

  • By Pam Montgomery

  • Favored with a vast store of infallible opinions and skin of purest alabaster, I don’t get out of the hermitage that often. But if my prudent seclusion helps ensure a creamier complexion and more temperate foothills social climate, it tends to leave me in the dark about many of my neighbors’ diverse and interesting activities.

  • Elk Creek firefighters spent two days recently practicing rope rescues in anticipation of the October opening of Staunton State Park.

    The park will be home to several rock-climbing routes near Staunton Rocks, and firefighters anticipate calls from park users, said Alex Parks, the department’s technical rescue coordinator and a firefighter/EMT. Crews have been familiarizing themselves with the park’s layout over the last two years, including at the Aug. 18-19 training session.

  • “The guy who’s riding a $1,000 bicycle is not going to stop if he doesn’t have a way to secure it,” says Kittredge resident Jerry Smith.

    Representing the Lariat Loop Alliance, Smith is contacting businesses and agencies in Evergreen and Kittredge to generate interest in placing creatively designed bike racks on their properties.

    “The bicycle racks accommodate people and give them a place to park,” Smith said.

  • The thought actually hit me earlier in the week that 19 years before, as a mere 21-year-old in Craigsville, Va., of all places, I stepped into a professional wrestling ring for the first time as a referee. But that's not where my love affair with what is now more prominently called sports entertainment began.

  • Lots and lots of bubbles constituted the theme of a two-hour class attended by more than a half-dozen children last week.

    The kids played with bubble makers and soap at the Hiwan History Museum, creating huge bubbles, tiny bubbles, square bubbles and triangle bubbles. They learned how to catch them and put their arms through them — all while being outdoors and having fun.

    Although bubble making was entertaining for the youngsters, it was a learning opportunity, too.

  • Conifer High School senior Reggie Dickhoff is raising funds for an Eagle Scout project to build wheelchair-accessible picnic tables for the fishing deck at Evergreen Lake.

  • Father and son both have the same intense look in their eyes, the same drive toward excellence. Both Glenn and Cameron Vogel hold Teenage Mr. America titles.

    A few years have gone by between the Vogel men’s titles.
    Nineteen-year-old Cameron placed first in his category two weeks ago during the Mr. America competition of the International Natural Bodybuilding Association in Secaucus, N.J. His father, Glenn, now 54, achieved the same title in 1977 while competing in Boston.

  • Samuel and Daniel Fleming’s heritage was Irish, and their life craft was quarrying sandstone. The two brothers found work near Columbus, Ohio, at a quarry owned by Mr. Garfield.

  • Want some palaver with your pizza? A side of conversation with your calzone? Care to wash down your baked ziti with a frosty glass of sparkling repartee?

     

  • Royalty.
    Yours truly.
    No, seriously.
    And I don’t mean royalty like that Johnny-come-lately Windsor crew. I’m talking about a divine right stretching back to the dim and darkly days when the dapper Duke of Cambridge’s clan wore mostly dirt and ate boiled peat for breakfast, lunch and tiffin. But hey, I’m not here to run down my noble cousins.

  •  Susan Lams, 67, met her new husband, retired truck driver Carl Wuertley, 77, while she was working as a personal care provider in his apartment near Little Cub Creek a couple of years ago.

    But the romance didn't really ignite until around Valentine's Day of this year, when he decided to ask her out to dinner at the Bear Creek Tavern in Kittredge.

    Wuertley said he had been getting little hints that maybe their relationship was about something more than just housecleaner and tenant, such as a birthday card with a personal message.

  • By Pam Montgomery

    My name is Pam Montgomery, and I’m a foodie. I love anything to do with food: eating it, cooking it, shopping for it, and getting others excited about it. I enjoy discovering a new restaurant or coffee shop, eating meals outside, browsing farmers markets, and even grocery shopping. It’s true. I can wander for a very long time in a produce aisle, take advantage of every taste offered, and always have my eye out for those discount sections hidden in the back.

  • Nita the goose is lonely no more.

    The 7-year-old goose, who lost her mate two months ago has found two new friends, a mated pair named Harry and Sally.

     

    Harry and Sally also are white Chinese geese like Nita, and they came to Nita’s owners, Marie and George McLaughlin of Morrison, through a High Timber Times subscriber.

    “She didn’t want her name used in the paper,” Marie said. The woman had rescued the two geese but she already had chickens, so she didn’t especially want the geese.

  • Friends and family call Evergreen old-timer Louise Stransky Hendryx one of a kind, a strong woman, a lover of animals.

     

    And at 100 years old, Louise is still going strong. Hundreds of well-wishers turned out for her birthday party Sunday at the Church of the Transfiguration.

  • Nicky Hamid has three kids of her own and runs a day-care for six other children ages 2 to 5.

    Peter Foley is retired and lives in Green Ridge Meadows Apartments and doesn't own a car.

     

    One thing they have in common is Call-n-Ride, the curb-to-curb RTD service that takes riders — on-call with an appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis — to anywhere in a designated service area.

  • Born in Burma 54 years ago, Hla Win loves his native country and still misses it desperately, but he is profoundly grateful to America, the country that took him in as a political refugee.

  • An unusual visitor has for months been leaving diminutive footprints next to the massive famed Iguanodon track fossils on Dinosaur Ridge.

    A greater roadrunner, whom museum staff has named Rascal, was first spotted in early fall, at least 130 miles from the terrestrial bird’s nearest known habitat. The sighting, which has since spurred numerous confirmations by enthusiastic local birdwatchers, prompted Colorado groups to issue rare-bird alerts.