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Today's News

  • Cookie Walk lures scores of people to get their fill of the sweet treats

    Scores of people filled bags, boxes and containers with cookies of all shapes and sizes on Saturday during the 15th annual Cookie Walk.

    The event at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church allows church bakers to show off their wares, while those who prefer not to bake for the holidays can purchase every kind of cookie imaginable.

    Roughly 15,000 cookies were for sale — and organizers hoped the cookie supply would last beyond noon.

  • Evergreen Lake Plunge is back on

    Anyone ready to take the plunge — literally — will be able to do so at the Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day.

    The event, which had been canceled by its longtime sponsor Drive Smart, has been revived, and it will be the fun, quirky event that has gotten plungers and spectators alike excited for the new year.

  • News Briefs

    Residential development under construction on Highway 73

    Work has begun on the infrastructure for a new residential development at Highway 73 and Skyline Road.

    Called Skyline Ridge, the 20-acre property will have 26 homes in a gated community, and it will use water and sewer from the Evergreen Metropolitan District. In addition, natural gas lines and Comcast are being installed, according to Realtor Katherine Fleet with RE/MAX Alliance.

    The developer is Liam Cassidy with Cassidy Inc.

  • Jeffco investigating swastika painted on WJMS playground

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a swastika that was found painted on the playground at West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer.

  • SOTA: Evergreen Middle School performing ‘Annie’ for the holidays

    The sun will come out for students at Evergreen Middle School who are performing “Annie” on Dec. 13, 14 and 15. The primarily all-girl cast of 50 will light the stage at Evergreen High School.

    “It’s fresh, new and exciting,” Montana Brown, director and choral music teacher at Evergreen Middle School, said. “‘Annie’ is a musical theater staple that every kid could be in.”

    Never fear, Brown hasn’t forgotten about the boys. She has cast 50 boys in “Newsies,” which will be performed in January.

  • Three Evergreen businesses honored with chamber awards

    The owners of three businesses said they were honored and humbled that they won the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce’s top awards for 2018.

    RPM Agency was named New Business of the Year, Anderson Insurance Agency was named Business of the Year and Go Paint! With Fire-n-Faeries was the People’s Choice Business of the Year.

    The awards were given at the annual Sparkle & Shine gala on Dec. 1.

  • Long's spirit lives on a year after her murder

    Maggie Long was magnetic.

    People were drawn to her positive attitude, her kind heart, her infectious smile — whether she was acting in a play at the Venue Theatre in Conifer, playing on the Platte Canyon High School softball team or working in one of her family’s Bailey businesses.

    “She was one hell of a kid,” said Bob Ikola, a longtime Bailey resident who coached Long on the Platte Canyon softball team.

    So, when the 17-year-old was found murdered in her home off County Road 43 in Bailey last December, the community crumbled.

  • Ringing bells to help the community

    This time of year, families are ringing in the holidays — and the area Salvation Army units are ringing too — bell-ringing, that is.

    Volunteers in both Conifer and Evergreen are standing outside local businesses, ringing bells to ask people to put donations in the iconic red kettles. What many people don’t know is the Salvation Army puts 90 percent of everything raised back into the community where it was collected to help those in need.

  • Conifer takes down John F. Kennedy in thrilling game

    DENVER — Although nobody on the court was close to being born yet when the song first came out, the Conifer boys basketball team channeled its inner Bee Gees on Friday by “Stayin’ Alive.”

    In a contentious matchup at John F. Kennedy High School, the Commanders thwarted a large Lobo advantage and took their first lead with two and a half minutes left in the game.

    From there on out, the two teams battled at the foul line and from downtown before key free throws secured a thrilling, tight 65-61 Lobo victory.

  • Conifer’s Christmas Parade didn’t disappoint despite chilly weather

    The Christmas parade moving down Sutton Road in Conifer on Saturday afternoon was the epitome of a great small-town event.

    The parade, celebrating its 36th year, consisted of 35 entries from the Conifer High School marching band to local businesses to dignitaries such as Jefferson County Commissioner Tina Francone and area principals.

    This year’s theme was Candy Land — and entries took the theme to heart, handing out candy to kids and adults alike, and using candy and gingerbread houses on floats.