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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Two mountain-area firefighters pass, remembered for service

    Two longtime firefighters who served the 285 Corridor for more than a decade each have died — one from cancer and another from an aneurysm.

    David Haight

  • Academic performance still mixed for Jeffco

    Academic performance among students in Jeffco Public Schools remains a mixed bag despite efforts to close performance gaps among low-income students, minorities and male students over the past few years.

  • Conifer Historical Society celebrates the Yellow Barn’s 100th birthday

    Anyone who’s made the trek from Evergreen into Conifer knows the cheery barn that stands at the intersection of Barkley Road and Highway 73.

    Now the site of Magpie Mercantile, the barn is hard to miss with its sloping roof and bright yellow paint. On the National Registry of Historic Places since 2014, the Yellow Barn is as rich in history as the numerous families who’ve owned it since it was erected in 1918.

  • Twenty-three Jeffco students named National Merit semifinalists

    Nearly two dozen Jeffco students have been named as 2019 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, including five students in the Evergreen and Conifer areas and 10 from South Jeffco schools.

    Announced Thursday, the 23 semifinalists are among 16,000 students recognized nationally and will compete next spring for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $30 million total.

  • WJMS PTA endorses education-focused ballot measures

    The West Jefferson Middle School PTA announced Friday that it will formally support three school funding measures that are on the November ballot, including Amendment 73.

    Amendment 73 is a statewide constitutional amendment which aims to create $1.6 billion in statewide school funding through by raising income taxes for those whose annual income exceeds $150,000, raising the corporate tax rate, and changing how property taxes are assessed for schools.

  • 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.”

  • Conifer softball wards off the Cougars

    EVERGREEN — Not many teams have given Conifer softball a run for its money this year.

    And after last year’s 20-9 victory over Evergreen, the Lobos didn’t really expect the Cougars to bring their A-game.

    But they did.

    After going down early on their home field on Sept. 12, the Cougars honed in on their offense mid-game, even though it wasn’t enough in the end. The No. 6 Lobos (per Monday’s CHSAANow.com poll) won 8-4.

  • 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.

  • Evergreen sweeps 4A Jeffco solo and team titles

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen’s boys golf team clinched the Class 4A Jeffco team conference title and the individual medalist crown on Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf Course at the final regular-season tournament of the season.

    The Cougars, the 4A state team runner-up last year, won five of six league tournaments this season in cruising to the team title.