Today's News

  • West Jeff Middle musicians perform original composition ‘The Ripple Effect’

    Eighth-grade musicians at West Jefferson Middle School started a ripple effect of their own on May 8 when they debuted a composition for band and orchestra that they had a role in creating.

    “The Ripple Effect” was composed by Dr. Mischa Zupko from Chicago, and he has spent the last 16 months working with the students to create the five-minute work. Students decided they wanted the piece to be about kindness, and they created some of the melodies that Zupko incorporated into the piece.

  • Kapande thankful, especially this year on Mother’s Day

    Heather Kapande feels lucky, especially this Mother’s Day, because she has two wonderful sons.

    Both of them — Dane, 20, and Troy, 15 — have escaped dangerous situations in their young lives. Kapande wishes she were a superhero who had ways to keep them safe.

    Troy is a student at STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Luckily for the family, Troy was home on May 7 when two shooters entered the school, killing one and injuring eight.

  • Peer counselors at CHS help fellow students cope in a time of need

    When Paloma Murath saw a fellow student at Conifer High School in tears over a breakup, she immediately went over to check on her.

    They weren’t friends, but as part of her training as a peer counselor, Murath learned to open her eyes to those around her.

    “You just feel like you have such a unique purpose in this school when you get to help someone,” the soon-to-be graduate said.

  • Soda Lakes property owner looking to develop, annex

    A property owner is looking to develop just under 5 acres on Soda Lakes Road in unincorporated Jeffco and annex the land into Morrison.

    No plans are official, but property owner Ranko Mocevic met with the Morrison Town Board on May 7 to discuss plans and gauge its interest. Ideally, Mocevic said he would like to build a boutique hotel but insisted he’s open to whatever the community wants, and said he wants to work with the town to plan.

  • Jury trial set for ex-Jeffco deputy

    A jury trial has been scheduled for the former Jefferson County Jail deputy accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

    Myriah Lovato, 29, returns to court on Aug. 15 for a motions hearing followed by a five-day jury trial in October. She faces felony charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree introducing contraband, two counts of second-degree introducing contraband and sexual conduct in a correctional institution.

  • Teaching healthy habits one school at a time

    The Mountain Resource Center and a group of parents at area schools are working hard to help students live healthier lives.

    The Healthy Schools program helps parents create positive change by increasing physical activity, expanding access to fruits and vegetables, and improving their social/emotional learning.

    Parents decide which area they want to focus on and create programs with the MRC’s help. Twelve foothills schools are involved in Healthy Schools, and several have won awards for their work.

  • County briefs

    TAP being formed to study downtown Evergreen

    A newly approved grant will allow the county to form a technical advisory panel to study downtown Evergreen.

    The technical panel, coordinated by the Urban Land Institute, will address obstacles and challenges with development or redevelopment of underperforming retail areas, vacant sites or buildings, downtowns or other commercial areas.

  • Health is a priority for the mountain area

    There may be no better way to demonstrate the mountain community’s appreciation for a healthy lifestyle than witnessing families spending time outside on a beautiful day.

    After a week dedicated to encouraging healthy behavior for students, families continued the celebration on May 4 during Eudaimonia’s inaugural mountain-area ninja warrior obstacle course, which served as a fundraiser for local schools.

  • Win or lose, Lobo girls lacrosse makes history

    By James Burky

    For the Courier

    DENVER — Traditionally, a 19-0 loss in a state playoff game implies disappointment.

    Not so for the Conifer girls lacrosse players. They ended their post-loss huddle by shouting, “Family!” in unison after falling to No. 1 Colorado Academy at Slater Turf Field on Friday.

    The scoreboard doesn’t tell the story.

  • EHS tennis sends 7 to state

    PUEBLO — This season may not have been kind to Evergreen girls tennis, but the Cougars made the best of what little court time they were awarded. On Friday at Pueblo City Park, seven girls competed in the 4A state tournament.

    When everything was said and done, the Cougars won the Vicky Matarazzo Sportsmanship Award as a team.

    Although none of them won a match, their presence at the tournament bodes well for the future of the program.