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    The gauntlet

  • Nonprofits, community learn about each other at Mountain Area expo

    Christies of Genesee was abuzz Thursday with the sound of nonprofit advocates explaining the work they do, recruiting volunteers and finding ways to collaborate.

    The second annual Mountain Area Non-Profit Expo is organized by Scotty Smith and Joylyn Quintana, owners of Genesee Pub and BBQ. Quintana explained that the couple wanted to provide a way both for the public to learn more about the nonprofits and for the nonprofits to network among themselves, finding ways to collaborate and share resources.

  • 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.

  • Seminar provides Conifer residents with overview of water, water issues

    A three-hour seminar on groundwater in Conifer on Saturday was wide-ranging in its scope, providing more than 75 residents with knowledge about county zoning regulations regarding water, wells and septic systems and how they work, and where groundwater comes from.

    The water education seminar was organized by the Conifer Area Council because residents are concerned about their wells as more development is being proposed in the area, CAC president Shirley Johnson 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.

  • EPRD voters defeat bond, mill-levy questions — for now

    Votes are still being counted in Jefferson County, and as of noon Friday, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District was 241 votes away from getting a proposed mill-levy increaseand 324 votes away from getting a bond measure passed.

    Rec district officials are hoping for a miracle – that the vote will still go their way.

    As of noon Friday, 7,083 people voted against and 6,842 people voted for 6C, a proposal to increase property taxes by 2 mills for operational expenses.

  • Fire districts successful in Gallagher-related initiatives

    In a strong statement against the Gallagher Amendment, preliminary results show that the ballot initiatives presented by all South Jeffco and mountain-area fire protection districts will pass.

    West Metro, Inter-Canyon, Evergreen and Indian Hills fire protection districts all went for some version of “de-Gallagher-ization,” with Inter-Canyon also asking residents for a 3-mill property tax increase. While results are not yet official, all initiatives are poised to pass with ease.