Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Former FBI agent weaves life experiences into suspense novel http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/former-fbi-agent-weaves-life-experiences-suspense-novel <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-lovin01-091714.jpg" alt="Evergreen author Dale Lovin&#039;s recently published novel focuses on white supremacists" title="Evergreen author Dale Lovin&#039;s recently published novel focuses on white supremacists" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> Don&rsquo;t let the title fool you. &ldquo;Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time&rdquo; by Evergreen author Dale Lovin is far from a romance novel.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Lovin&rsquo;s second published work is a gritty, compelling portrait of white supremacists and their devastated victims. Written as a suspense novel interwoven with factual accounts of high-profile incidents, the book contains tales of past and present evil in American society.</span></p> Evergreen catches Hay Days fever http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-catches-hay-days-fever <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-hayday03-dl-091014.jpg" alt="Charlie Carr, 2, feeds the goats at Hay Days." title="Charlie Carr, 2, feeds the goats at Hay Days." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The annual Hay Days at the Humphrey History Park and Museum offered a little something for everyone on Saturday.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;The music has been the best part so far,&rdquo; Evergreen resident Leslie Scully said after sharing a dance with her husband, Steve.</p> <p> The event, celebrating its third year, took attendees back to the early 1900s and showed what life in Evergreen was like then.&nbsp;</p> Youths give it a tri http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/youths-give-it-tri <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kidstri01-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Alyssa Gerard, 10, finishes the Evergreen Kids Triathlon on Sunday at Buchanan Park." title="Alyssa Gerard, 10, finishes the Evergreen Kids Triathlon on Sunday at Buchanan Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Buchanan Rec Center on Sunday morning was inundated with kids swimming, running and biking in a triathlon that was meant to simply be fun.</p> <p> Nearly 130 children ages 5 to 13 swam laps in the pool, ran around one of the Bergen ponds, and biked through Bergen Park. No one timed the event, though lots of parents cheered, waved flags, rang cowbells and took pictures.</p> Working in Evergreen http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/working-evergreen <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-sushiwin-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Hla Win, owner of Sushi Win in Bergen Park, works in his restaurant with his family." title="Hla Win, owner of Sushi Win in Bergen Park, works in his restaurant with his family." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The workforce in Evergreen is made up of people who prepare food, repair worn shoes, develop social media skills for businesses and individuals, and manage nonprofit organizations that benefit the local and global community. They are among many people who help make Evergreen a thriving, viable place to live.<br /> <strong><br /> A restaurant family</strong><br /> Hla Win is a sushi chef with a fairly new restaurant in Bergen Park where he, his wife and son spend many hours preparing food and serving customers.</p> A down-home ducky time at the derby http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/down-home-ducky-time-derby <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-ducky05-gc-080614.jpg" alt="Duck wranglers guide the fowl down Bear Creek on Saturday below the Evergreen Lake dam." title="Duck wranglers guide the fowl down Bear Creek on Saturday below the Evergreen Lake dam." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Rubber duckies quacked across the finish line in record time, buoyed by the fast-flowing waters of Bear Creek, in the fifth annual Dam Ducky Derby on Saturday.</p> <p> The creek was flowing at 60 cubic feet per second, compared with its more sedate 20 cfs in previous Augusts, said John Ellis, an organizer and director of community relations at Evergreen National Bank. The first ducks crossed the finish line in less than half an hour.</p> Caps and trade: Mushroom workshop at Flying J puts the fun in fungi http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/caps-and-trade-mushroom-workshop-flying-j-puts-fun-fungi <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mushrooms01-gc-080614.jpg" alt="Zahara Scott, 5, scrunches her nose while listening to Jeffco volunteer naturalist Mary Beth Carpenter talk about mushrooms at Flying J Ranch." title="Zahara Scott, 5, scrunches her nose while listening to Jeffco volunteer naturalist Mary Beth Carpenter talk about mushrooms at Flying J Ranch." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,&rdquo; said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.</p> <p> About a dozen people showed up for &ldquo;Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.&rdquo; Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.</p> Clean canine fun: Dog-washing event raises funds for EAPL http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/clean-canine-fun-dog-washing-event-raises-funds-eapl <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-dogwash02-cs-072314.jpg" alt="A dog named The Reverend, owned by Sadie Maday of Evergreen, sprays bystanders during the fourth annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails event at Evergreen National Bank on Sunday." title="A dog named The Reverend, owned by Sadie Maday of Evergreen, sprays bystanders during the fourth annual Wine, Washes and Wagging Tails event at Evergreen National Bank on Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> Dogs and their owners in every shape and size participated in the fourth annual Wine, Washes &amp; Wagging Tails event in downtown Evergreen on Sunday.</p> <p> From tiny Chihuahuas to a 150-pound chocolate Lab, from young children to older adults, the benefit for the Evergreen Animal Protective League had something for everyone.</p> Freedom Run participants are slaves to a good deed http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/freedom-run-participants-are-slaves-good-deed <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-freerun-070914.jpg" alt="Volunteer Diane Jeffries helps direct walkers and runners at the start of the Freedom Run on July 4 at Evergreen Middle School." title="Volunteer Diane Jeffries helps direct walkers and runners at the start of the Freedom Run on July 4 at Evergreen Middle School." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> Bright and early on the Fourth of July, fine Americans from every walk, trot, gallop and dash of life put their feet to the street as Mount Evans Home Health Care &amp; Hospice kicked off its 33<sup>rd</sup> annual Freedom Run 5K.</p>