Kise La Montagne

Written by Kendall Peterson on .

On January 14, 2017, family and loved ones lost one of the towering great ones. Kirsten Krueger La Montagne, known as Kisë, was freed from a heroic battle with cancer at the age of 76.

Born in 1940 in the big town of Hollywood, California, Kisë’s family shortly moved to the small college town of Laramie, Wyoming. At Laramie High School, Kirsten was an honors student, competitive square dancer and Homecoming Queen.

As the youngest child of Max L. and Aliene W. Krueger, Kisë attended Kansas University, where she graduated with honors in Geology. She spent most of her adult life in Denver and Evergreen, Colorado. She and Ted La Montagne were owners of The Hardware (now Mountain Home) and a number of other small businesses over the years. A lover of art, culture and travel, Kisë never stopped feeding her hunger for knowledge. She frequented local art galleries, was a volunteer at the Denver Art Museum, took classes late in life at OLLI and she traveled around the globe. She lived the life of philanthropy, dedicating many hours of volunteer service to PEO, Pi Beta Phi, Rotary Clubs and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her tall slender stature and larger than life persona made her an unforgettable woman with her many cherished friends and loved ones. Kisë’s legacy is the inspiration she gave all to stand tall, be brave, live strong and be yourself.

She is survived by her children Kendall Peterson (Eric Peterson) and Evan La Montagne (Katherine La Montagne); grandchildren Finn, Alene and Oscar Peterson, and Cole, Quincy and Evelyn La Montagne.

Her life will be celebrated quietly at a private memorial celebration near Denver. Please send your condolences and inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kisë’s name to the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) or the Denver Hospice


Chuck Hazelrigg obituary

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Charles Hazelrigg, formerly of Evergreen, died November 17, 2016 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Luanne, and three daughters, Lynn Hetterich, Nancy Hazelrigg and Amy Burkholder.

Chuck and Luanne – along with Ruth and Bob Hershberger – were co-founders of Bootstraps in 1979.  He served on the advisory board when Evergreen Ambulance Service conducted a community-wide campaign to build a facility in the early 1980s.  He was a driving force behind the successful Save Noble Meadow effort in 1995 and served on the board for the Denver Museum of Natural History (aka Museum of Nature and Science) for many years, three as the Chairman of the Board.

Chuck's professional life was in banking, serving as COO and CEO of United Banks of Colorado before retiring.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Montview Church, 1980 Dahlia, Denver, CO 80220.

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Doug McCrimmon obituary

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Douglas R. McCrimmon, former general manager of Johnson Newspapers, which included the Canyon Courier, died November 9, 2016 at the age of 84.

He was a 1955 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a veteran of the Vietnam War.  During his we-year navy career, he commanded two ships including the USS Ranger.

McCrimmon is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy; sons Rob and James; daughters Christy Scott and Carrie Kleckler.

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Ted and Connie Ning to be honored for global health contributions

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On Friday, October 14th, Connie and Ted Ning will be honored at the 2016 Global Health Symposium for having made a significant and exemplary contribution to the sustained improvement of the health of multiple populations over an extended period of time in a global health setting.  The symposium is being held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  

Following is a statement published by the Global Health Symposium regarding the award:

Meet the 2016 Excellence in Global Health Award Recipients: Theodore C Ning, MD, FACS & Constance C Ning, RPT, MA

Connie and Ted met at Northwestern University Medical School where she completed her physical therapy degree and he his medical degree. They were married in his senior year and dreamed of opportunities to work as a couple in Latin America.


Steven E. Kearney, M.D. obituary

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Steven E. Kearney, M.D., 66, passed away peacefully in his Ashburnham, Massachusetts home on August 30, 2016.

Steve was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up in Midland, Michigan.  He relocated to Evergreen in 1978 and co-founded Conifer Medical Center where he was known as "a good, old-fashioned family doctor."

Family members described him as an eternal optimist, continually pursuing solutions to heal from a knee and spine injury in 2005.  

He enjoyed playing guitar on open mic nights at the Muddy Buck.

A celebration of Steve's life will be held at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park on Friday, December 30, 2016, at 3 pm.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments.

At Steve's request, consider a donation to the Swallow Hill Music Endowment Fund online at or by mailing a check to 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210.