Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en 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" /><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> Community celebrates longtime leader Alderfer, his new book http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/community-celebrates-longtime-leader-alderfer-his-new-book <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-alderferbook01-cb-120716.jpg" alt="John Hugger gets his book signed by Hank Alderfer during a celebration of Alderfer&#039;s new book, &quot;Yesteryear,&quot; at the Evergreen Lake House on Nov. 30." title="John Hugger gets his book signed by Hank Alderfer during a celebration of Alderfer&#039;s new book, &quot;Yesteryear,&quot; at the Evergreen Lake House on Nov. 30." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Cowboy, sawyer, carpenter, barn-raiser, trail-builder, conservationist, preservationist, historian, author, community leader, friend, husband, father.</p> <p> The way his friends tell it, Hank Alderfer should be considered for the title of &ldquo; Most Interesting Man in the World.&rdquo;</p> <p> Alderfer family members, friends and the Evergreen community gathered Nov. 30 at the Lake House to celebrate Alderfer&rsquo;s accomplishments and contributions, as well as help launch a book of his Canyon Courier columns, titled &ldquo;Yesteryear.&rdquo;</p> DAR, American Legion commemorate Pearl Harbor anniversary http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/dar-american-legion-commemorate-pearl-harbor-anniversary <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-pearlharbor75th05-cb-120716.jpg" alt="Terry Pudwill, with the American Legion Post 2001 of Evergreen, plays the trumpet during a ceremony for the Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration at the Veterans Memorial Sunday, December 4, 2016." title="Terry Pudwill, with the American Legion Post 2001 of Evergreen, plays the trumpet during a ceremony for the Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration at the Veterans Memorial Sunday, December 4, 2016." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and American Legion Post 2001 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday.</p> <p> The ceremony included a reflection on those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack and the trials of World War II that followed. The chapter&rsquo;s chaplain, Kathleen Schrader, led the group in benediction, calling to mind all those who gave their lives to defend the United States. And, American Legion member Vern Stelzer read President Franklin D. Roosevelt&rsquo;s famous post-attack speech.</p> For EFR recruits, the heat is on http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/efr-recruits-heat <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-efrburnbuilding11-cb-112316.jpg" alt="Recruit Kelsey Swartz prepares to enter the burn building during live fire training at Evergreen Fire and Rescue on Nov. 12." title="Recruit Kelsey Swartz prepares to enter the burn building during live fire training at Evergreen Fire and Rescue on Nov. 12." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The heat was on Nov. 12 for the recruits in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue firefighter academy: They fought actual fires.</span></p> <p> The blazes were controlled in the department&rsquo;s burn training building, but the flames and smoke were real &mdash; and the 18 recruits were both excited and apprehensive about practicing what they had learned for the past three months.</p>