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  • Volunteers pack 250 soldier boxes

    About 35 volunteers on Friday morning filled 250 soldier boxes at The Wild Game in Bergen Park, providing toiletries and other items to 2,500 soldiers all over the world.

    Each box is filled with 10 of each item, and the packages should arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas.

    The project, which is spearheaded by Gail Sharp, owner of TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon, started nine years ago, when volunteers filled 10 boxes. Last year, 227 boxes were sent overseas.

  • Jeffco Public Schools benefiting from pilot program

    Six months after initiating the pilot program, Jeffco Public Schools appears to be having success in its new initiative that aims to implement school-specific hiring criteria to attract, hire and retain new teachers.

  • Bergen Valley fifth-graders read their original work at poetry cafe

    Who knew that Bergen Valley fifth-graders were outraged —in the Beatnik style of the 1950s and 1960s.

    At a poetry café on Oct. 31, students in Meg Eckert’s class read aloud their poetry based on the Beat generation, a genre based on a counterculture that was unhappy with war and society.

    Each student read two original poems — and the Beatnik themes fell into several categories: carelessness about the environment, bullying, too many video games and too much social media, the lack of kindness in the world, poverty, and war.

  • Evergreen Middle sixth-graders finish science unit on falcons and other birds of prey

    Evergreen Middle School sixth-graders continued learning about helping birds of prey and the environment on Friday, so much so that two students immediately went outside and picked up trash.

    Leah Hamarat and Maya Patel were among the sixth-graders who heard that simple request from Kin Quitugua, executive director of HawkQuest. He suggested that everyone who wanted to help save endangered species could start by picking up a piece of trash every day. If everyone did that, the world would become a better place environmentally.

  • 31 pinball players participate in 24-hour marathon in Aspen Park

    Blizzard Mountain Pinball in Aspen Park was open all night Saturday night for 31 pinball wizards to participate in a marathon.

    The 24-hour “Winter is Coming” marathon is the first for the arcade, which has been open a little more than a year. This marathon was being held in conjunction with another pinball marathon in Meriden, Conn., which makes the competition that much more fierce.

    According to some of the participants in Aspen Park, an all-night pinball tournament was a first for them, too.

  • Conifer couple are skydiving royalty

    By Daniel Williams

    For the Courier

    Veteran skydivers rarely miss their target.

    But Jason Russell and Stephanie Strange aren’t just veterans, they are literally the best in the world. So, when the husband and wife landed in Conifer four years ago it was no accident.

    If you run into the couple at Kings Soopers or the gas station around Conifer you would never know they were skydiving royalty.

    “We are never really in the spotlight like this,” Russell said.

  • Festive spirit comes early: Holiday Boutique has something for everyone

    You know the holidays are here when the Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors Holiday Boutique takes place.

    This year’s event didn’t disappoint as hundreds roamed the Conifer High School gymnasium and cafeteria looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for themselves and others.

    Outside the high school, Laurie Kissack of Evergreen stood with seven large bags, waiting for a friend to pick her up.

  • Correction

    The Canyon Courier would like to correct an error we inadvertently made in a Community Voices column by Peter Lindquist in the Oct. 31 paper.
    The column discussed reasons for the Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s 6C and 6D bond and mill levy requests that are on the Nov. 6 ballot.

  • EPRD briefs

    Evergreen Lake North Trail repairs holding
    Repairs to the Evergreen Lake North Trail continue to hold, with inspections weekly to make sure it’s still safe, Evergreen Park & Recreation District Executive Director Ellen O’Connor told the board on Oct. 23.

    “The short-term fix is still holding,” she said. “We have been inspecting the area weekly or more as necessary.”

  • Candidates give voters last glimpse before election day

    Eight candidates at a forum on Oct. 24 primarily discussed taxes, financial issues and growth in the county and state, but the questions that got the audience most riled dealt with gun and immigration issues.

    Some of the approximately 100 audience members at the Venue Theatre in Conifer needed to be quieted as candidates discussed whether gun-control measures and sanctuary cities were good for Colorado.

    The forum was sponsored by the Canyon Courier, and the Evergreen and Conifer chambers of commerce.