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  • 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.

  • Kids of all ages treated to games, face painting and candy at Halloween Carnival

    From cowboys to princesses, unicorns to skeletons and fairies to police officers — the costumes worn by King-Murphy students at the annual Halloween Carnival on Friday night were as wide-ranging as the kids.

    Kids of all ages — with their parents tagging behind — went from room to room to play games and get their faces painted, and participate in a cake walk, dance party and haunted house.

  • SOTA: Erlandsons named CAE's Arts People of the Year

    Pandora and John Erlandson have been named Center for the Arts Evergreen’s 2018 Evergreen Arts People of the Year.

    The award is given during CAE’s Evening for the Arts to both outstanding artists from all fields but also to someone who is influential in the arts community.

    “We were so touched,” Pandora Erlandson said. “Everybody does so much, so it doesn’t feel right to be singled out.”

    The Erlandsons organize the Originals concert series that benefits CAE.

  • The mandala’s magic: Tibetan Buddhist monks visit Evergreen

    Two Tibetan Buddhist monks, clothed in robes of maroon and gold, meticulously pour colorful grains of sand into an intricate design while sitting cross-legged on the floor of Congregation Beth Evergreen last Wednesday.

    Hours later, as their work for the day concluded, the monks would perform sacred music, chanting mantras and performing an instrumental accompaniment. And days later still, the elaborate sand mandala would be destroyed and sprinkled into the waters of Evergreen Lake to symbolize the impermanence of life.

  • The 2000s: The decade brings change and growth, but the sense of community remains

    No matter what changes, the 285 Corridor will always feel like a close-knit community to Tony Buccelli and Jan Worthem, owners of JJ Madwell’s, an Italian restaurant in Conifer.

    The couple moved to the Conifer area in the mid-2000s. While the area has certainly grown since then, both appreciate that you’re still all but guaranteed to run into a neighbor while shopping at King Soopers or Safeway. And on any given night, Buccelli estimates knowing three-quarters of the customers dining at his restaurant.

  • Roberts pleads guilty to pair of felonies

    An Evergreen man has pleaded guilty to two felony counts after he attacked three people and then barricaded himself inside his home last December.
    David Charles Roberts, 31, is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13, and  could face up to six years in prison.
    Roberts was charged with 20 counts, including three counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault.