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  • Sichting, Alberga plead not guilty

    Wynn Ray Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year-old man in Conifer last September, both pleaded not guilty April 16 to charges associated with the incident.

    Sichting, of Conifer, is accused of trying to kill his nephew, Adonis Cherokee Gomez, on Sept. 11, 2017, after Gomez attempted to retrieve belongings he’d left behind after moving out of Sichting’s home in the 27000 block of Parsons Road a week before.

  • PERA, school funding driving force behind walkouts

    As teachers in Jeffco, Clear Creek and across the state plan to walk out of classrooms and demonstrate at the state Capitol later this week, many are asking why.

  • A dozen candidates running for Indian Hills Water District seats

    More candidates are vying for a spot on the Indian Hills Water District board of directors than in elections past, and many believe it’s a direct result of the district’s contentious year.

  • Eleven recognized by Kiwanis as Teachers of the Year

    Eleven area teachers were recognized on Thursday as the Teacher of the Year at their schools — an honor bestowed by Blue Spruce Kiwanis.

    While they were lauded for their work in classrooms, Wilmot Elementary principal summarized the awards presentation: “Every person has been recognized for being more than a professional educator. They are good people in all aspects of what we consider good.”

    He talked about how they were good colleagues, parents and friends — just adding to their success in their classrooms.

  • Artists challenge themselves to ‘paint in the round’ at annual Art of the Egg fundraiser for EDBA

    It’s amazing what can be done with an egg.

    This is not about omelettes or eggs Benedict or anything like that. Instead, it’s about acorn chalets, dogs, egg-vocados, and colorful aspen trees and birds — all made out of ceramic eggs by professional artists as part of the 11th annual Art of the Egg fundraiser for the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

    “I swear the eggs are getting better and better,” said Karen Belmont, owner of Go Paint! who organizes the event. “I appreciate (the artists’) hard work.”

  • Magical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ to energize Venue

    Take a trip back to the 1950s in Sweet Apple, Ohio, to see singing sensation Conrad Birdie serenade and kiss Kim MacAfee on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

    It all happens in “Bye, Bye Birdie” being performed by the Senior Company at Venue Theatre in Conifer.

    The show is fun, energetic with great songs, according to director Amy Fletcher.

  • Evergreen Fire Board candidate profile: Holly Roberts

    Originally from Texas, Holly Roberts is the only non-incumbent running for the Evergreen Fire Board. This a positive, she said, because she doesn’t have any preconceived notions and is open to everyone’s opinions.

    Roberts and her family moved to Evergreen about a year ago from Maryland, but she previously lived in Colorado and worked as director of marketing for Telluride.

    She works as a real estate broker, and while she isn’t a firefighter herself, her father-in-law was a firefighter in Harlem.

  • Evergreen Fire Board candidate profile: Mike Gregory

    Mike Gregory, the current secretary of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, has served on the board since 2014. This is his first time up for re-election.

    Gregory is originally from Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. He and his wife, Diane, moved to Evergreen in February 2002. He previously worked as an electrical contractor and became a home-builder when he moved to Evergreen.

    Gregory started as a volunteer firefighter for Evergreen in 2002 because he wanted to serve his community. He retired in 2014.

  • Evergreen Fire Board candidate profile: Jeff deDisse

    Jeff deDisse, treasurer of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, served on the board since he was elected during a November 2007 recall election. This May will be his fourth time on the ballot.

    A rancher and project manager, deDisse grew up in Evergreen around people who were involved in the fire department. He became a firefighter at age 33 and retired this year.

    The Canyon Courier recently asked deDisse about his candidacy for one of the board’s three open seats in the May election.

  • Evergreen Fire Board candidate profile: John Anderson

    John Anderson, president of the Evergreen Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, has served on the board since 2014. This is his first time up for re-election.

    Anderson, who is originally from Philadelphia, has 38 years of experience in public safety, serving as a firefighter, 911 dispatcher, sheriff’s deputy and fire warden. He is executive director for the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation.

    He and his wife moved to Evergreen 14 years ago from the Grand Junction area. They have two children in middle school.