Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en A one-man wave of patriotism http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/one-man-wave-patriotism <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-americanflagman05-cb-011117.jpg" alt="Jeff McNamara waves an American flag at the roundabout in Marshdale last Thursday. The Morrison resident says he shows the colors at various locations to quell the “divisiveness” that resulted from November’s election." title="Jeff McNamara waves an American flag at the roundabout in Marshdale last Thursday. The Morrison resident says he shows the colors at various locations to quell the “divisiveness” that resulted from November’s election." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A Morrison man is showing the flag &mdash;&nbsp;literally &mdash;&nbsp;to do his part to stop the divisiveness that surrounded November&rsquo;s presidential election.</p> <p> Jeff McNamara has taken to waving an American flag near his home at U.S. 285 and Sourdough Drive, at the roundabout in Marshdale, on overpasses along C-470, and elsewhere. He calls his stints with the flag &ldquo;Yay America&rdquo; rallies.</p> Conifer teen’s greeting cards support rescued wild animals http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/conifer-teen%E2%80%99s-greeting-cards-support-rescued-wild-animals <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-cardsforcaring02-cb-011117.jpg" alt="Kayla Wolins, 15, a freshman at Colorado Academy, has donated more than $18,000 over the last three years to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg through her own nonprofit, Cards for Caring." title="Kayla Wolins, 15, a freshman at Colorado Academy, has donated more than $18,000 over the last three years to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg through her own nonprofit, Cards for Caring." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A Conifer student personifies the notion that young people can make a difference.</p> <p> Kayla Wolins, 15, a freshman at Colorado Academy, has donated more than $18,000 over the last three years to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, a haven for large animals such as bears, tigers, lions and coyotes.</p> Hands of the carpenter http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/hands-carpenter <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-woodworker01-cb-113016.jpg" alt="Jonathan Gerspach, a woodworker and resident of Evergreen, works at his shop in Denver." title="Jonathan Gerspach, a woodworker and resident of Evergreen, works at his shop in Denver." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> Most people see a chair as merely a place to sit. Jonathan Gerspach, though, has a deep-seated tendency to view chairs &mdash; and other pieces of furniture &mdash; as works of art.</p> <p> For Gerspach, a single chair can represent hours of work &mdash; designing, measuring, building, crafting and finishing.</p> The ice men cometh http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ice-men-cometh <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-lakeicing01-cb-122816.jpg" alt="Chris Kellogg, with EPRD, sprays water on the frozen surface of Evergreen Lake." title="Chris Kellogg, with EPRD, sprays water on the frozen surface of Evergreen Lake." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> Under a stream of glaring light, a rush of water gushed from a long hose. The spray splashed onto a colorless sheet of ice, which aided its molecular brethren in the freezing process. Two men clad in heavy gear and spiky shoes nimbly ran across the lake, moving snow out of the way and pulling the hose in the desired direction.</p> <p> One rink took a mere 10 minutes to spray down, but there were several more to go.</p> A look back at the year 2016: Environmental issues dominate news in Jeffco http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/look-back-year-2016-environmental-issues-dominate-news-jeffco <p> Environmental concerns &mdash; including high lead levels in tap water at Jeffco schools, a dangerous chemical found buried at the Lockheed-Martin plant in South Jeffco, and the effects of planned development in the Rooney Valley &mdash; dominated the headlines in Jefferson County news last year.</p> <p> <strong>Toxic waste found buried&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">at Lockheed Martin facility</span></strong></p> A look back at the year 2016 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/look-back-year-2016 <p> Turmoil at a local charter school, a state representative sent to jail, and community cleanup efforts were among the top stories in the mountain area in 2016.<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <strong>Rocky Mountain Academy&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">finds a path forward</span></strong></p> <p> Rocky&nbsp;Mountain Academy&nbsp;of Evergreen is moving forward after many months of discord that culminated in a protest by parents and students in October.</p> The year that was http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/year-was <p> In many respects, 2016 was a year characterized by loss in the 285 Corridor &mdash; none perhaps felt as much as the loss of Park County sheriff&rsquo;s Cpl. Nate Carrigan, who died Feb. 24 during a shoot-out after officers attempted to serve a &ldquo;high-risk&rdquo; eviction notice to Bailey resident Martin Wirth.</p> <p> Wirth reportedly opened fire on the officers with a legally obtained .45-caliber rifle, killing Carrigan and wounding Deputy Kolby Martin and Capt. Mark Hancock. Wirth died at the scene.</p> Holiday lights, holiday sights http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/holiday-lights-holiday-sights <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-christmaslights01-cb-122116.jpg" alt="Tim and Deb Salmans pose in front of their light display on Sun Ridge Road in Kittredge." title="Tim and Deb Salmans pose in front of their light display on Sun Ridge Road in Kittredge." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A city set on a hilltop cannot be hidden. And neither can a house decorated with thousands of Christmas lights.</p> <p> From Kittredge to Conifer, mountain area residents, organizations and businesses have put up strands of bright-colored bulbs, inflatable snowmen, moving reindeer, Nativity scenes, and many more decorations as a way to celebrate the winter holidays.</p>