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  • Games, music, food — Canyonfest has everything for families

    The Shatek family — who moved to Kittredge six weeks ago — quickly learned on Saturday what the town is all about.

    They attended the 30th annual Canyonfest in Kittredge Community Park, and immensely enjoyed the games for kids and the live music for adults. Mom Andrea Shatek brought Sammy, 5, to the face painting tent.

    “We normally play at this park,” Andrea said. “This is really cute. It’s a nice thing to donate to and enjoy.”

  • 3 named to Women in Business Hall of Fame

    Three women business leaders in Evergreen were inducted into the inaugural Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame on Friday.

    They are: Peggy Eggers, president of the Center for the Arts Evergreen board of directors; Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn; and Kristin Witt, publisher of Evergreen Newspapers.

    The three were inducted during the annual Women in Business luncheon and chosen from 10 nominees who are high-powered businesswomen in the Evergreen/Conifer area.

  • ‘Funny Girl’ opens at Center Stage

    Whether it’s the song “People Who Need People” or “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” the music of “Funny Girl” is so iconic — and it easily gets stuck in your head.

    Ovation West Musical Theatre is presenting the show through Oct. 7 at Center Stage, with Colleen Lee portraying Fanny Brice. The story is based on the life of Ziegfeld comedian Fanny Brice, her start in vaudeville and burlesque, her romance with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein, and her success on stage and in film.

    Lee called Brice fascinating.

  • Artists visit Jeffco Parks to create auctioned-off work

    Sept. 12 was a gorgeous day to be outdoors — and painting.

    PLAN Jeffco conducted its In Plein Sight plein-air event at Jeffco parks last week — and 25 area artists gathered with their easels, brushes and palette knives to recreate nature’s beauty.

    The event is a fundraiser for PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation in the county. Last week, the artists — both local and from out-of-state — visited five Jeffco Parks, most near Evergreen, to create works that were auctioned to benefit the nonprofit.

  • Conifer Community Church’s annual Split & Steak will keep families warm this winter

    Conifer Community Church was a hubbub of activity Saturday as 200 volunteers gathered for the annual Split & Steak, five hours of tough work to split wood and prepare it to be donated to families in need.

    The air was filled with the sounds of chainsaws and wood splitters, while grill masters were busy cooking steaks for lunch after the work was done for the day.

    “We are the hands and feet of God,” Kevin Nervick, an organizer of the ninth annual event, said.

  • Wilmot back to normal after water main break Friday

    By Deb Hurley Brobst
    Staff Writer
    School returned to normal on Monday at Wilmot Elementary School after a water main break on Friday. School remained open Friday even though the water had to be shut off.
    “I am nothing but impressed with everyone here,” Karen Quanbeck, chief of schools for Jeffco elementary schools, said.
    Quanbeck was at Wilmot all day Friday to help with shepherding children through one set of bathrooms in the school. All other bathrooms were closed. Many cases of water were brought in.

  • Wildfire contained at Staunton State Park

    Firefighters from Elk Creek Fire have contained a small wildfire that burned a half acre at Staunton State Park in Conifer on Saturday afternoon.

    According to Elk Creek Deputy Chief Jacob Ware, the fire was first reported at 2:11 p.m. and was found in an area about 3 miles from the West Meadow Trail. Nine firefighters responded to the fire, which was 100 percent contained as of 7 p.m.

    Ware said that the fire was human-caused, stemming from an illegal campfire started at an illegal campsite in the park, separate from Staunton's official camping sites.

  • Clear Creek’s response to 2013 floods was a ‘proud’ moment

    Five years ago, Principal David Epp and 150 sixth-graders and staff members were hiking two miles to the school buses waiting for them; Commissioner Tim Mauck was listening to the eerie sounds of boulders rolling down the creek outside his house; and Sheriff Rick Albers was running incident command out of Idaho Springs’ fire station.

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  • The cooks behind the chili

    Behind every good chili cook is a large pot of good chili.

    And, behind every good pot of chili is a story.

    Maybe it’s a story of a late-night brainstorm, or maybe, it’s years of experimenting, or maybe it’s literally taking a page from your own cookbook.

    Whatever the stories behind the 70-some pots of chili at the 16th annual Big Chili Cook-off Saturday, the estimated 3,500 attendees seemed to enjoy them.