Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Evergreen loves a Rodeo Parade http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-loves-rodeo-parade-0 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-evergreenparade12-cb-062216_0.jpg" alt="Elena Kopp, 15, waves to the crowd while leading Smokey the pony in the 50th Evergreen Rodeo Parade." title="Elena Kopp, 15, waves to the crowd while leading Smokey the pony in the 50th Evergreen Rodeo Parade." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;See you at the rodeo!&rdquo; said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.</p> 200 bikers bark up a charitable tree http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/200-bikers-bark-charitable-tree <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mollydharam00-cb-061516.jpg" alt="Corinne Stephenson of Arvada gives Isabella, a 1-year-old Lab mix, some attention before filling out an adoption form. " title="Corinne Stephenson of Arvada gives Isabella, a 1-year-old Lab mix, some attention before filling out an adoption form. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The love of both motorcycles and canines converged on Sunday at Chow Down in Bergen Park as nearly 200 bikers participated in the Molly-Dharma Run, with this year&rsquo;s beneficiary the Evergreen Animal Protective League.</p> <p> Participants rode from the Platte River Bar &amp; Grill in Littleton to Evergreen to meet some of EAPL&rsquo;s adoptable pets, then on to Central City, returning to the T-Bird Roadhouse in Wheat Ridge for a party and silent auction. EAPL will receive the proceeds from registration fees and the auction.</p> Kids learn to fish on the fly http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/kids-learn-fish-fly <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-flyfishing03-am-061516.jpg" alt="Amarri Boldoe, 8, fly-fishes for the first time on June 11 at Buchanan Ponds as part of the High Plains Drifters Kids Day." title="Amarri Boldoe, 8, fly-fishes for the first time on June 11 at Buchanan Ponds as part of the High Plains Drifters Kids Day." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Buchanan Ponds were teeming with life on Saturday &mdash; not fish or other critters, but more than 100 people fly-fishing as part of the High Plains Drifters&rsquo; Kids Day.</p> <p> The fish weren&rsquo;t really biting, but that didn&rsquo;t seem to matter to the young and old alike, who were practicing their fly-fishing skills.</p> <p> The High Plains Drifters fly-fishing club, based in Denver, hosted its 23rd annual Kids Day at the North Evergreen location because members said it was the perfect venue to teach kids about their passion.</p> Mutton bustin’, other activities keep Western heritage alive at Family Fun Night http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mutton-bustin%E2%80%99-other-activities-keep-western-heritage-alive-family-fun-night <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-familynightrodeo03-cb-062216_0.jpg" alt="Carter Allen, 6, of Denver practices roping during the Family Fun Night at the 50th Evergreen Rodeo." title="Carter Allen, 6, of Denver practices roping during the Family Fun Night at the 50th Evergreen Rodeo." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Seth Bodine, f</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>or the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> When 5-year-old Cooper Alapai of Conifer climbed onto a sheep for the second round of the mutton bustin&rsquo; event at the Evergreen Rodeo on Friday night, the announcer introduced him as a &ldquo;real cowboy.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Cowboy Sunday Service ropes in fun, serious topics http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cowboy-sunday-service-ropes-fun-serious-topics <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-cowboychurch01-cb-062216.jpg" alt="John Wirt plays the guitar during the Cowboy Sunday Service at Evergreen United Methodist Church." title="John Wirt plays the guitar during the Cowboy Sunday Service at Evergreen United Methodist Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Not often do church services begin with an acoustic version of &ldquo;Home on the Range,&rdquo; but that was how United Methodist Church of Evergreen began its fourth annual Cowboy Sunday Service on Sunday.</p> <p> The event, which congregants say incorporates &ldquo;Evergreen&rsquo;s history and traditions,&rdquo; is a unique service that includes Western- or cowboy-themed poetry, music and activities.</p> Memorial Day ceremony honors Vietnam-era fallen and missing http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/memorial-day-ceremony-honors-vietnam-era-fallen-and-missing <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-memorialdaymarshdale01-cb-060116_0.jpg" alt="Erick Olson clears overgrown grass from the marker of his father, Willard Olson, who was a veteran of the Navy, at Evergreen Memorial Park in Marshdale." title="Erick Olson clears overgrown grass from the marker of his father, Willard Olson, who was a veteran of the Navy, at Evergreen Memorial Park in Marshdale." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">During World War II, it was common for households to place stars in their windows to represent how many family members were in the armed forces. And, if one of them died serving their country, the star would be replaced with a gold one.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;There were six gold stars on my block in Kansas City,&rdquo; American Legion member and World War II veteran Charles Purcell said on Memorial Day. &ldquo;One for my next-door neighbor. One for an only child. One for my brother ... Today we celebrate those &lsquo;gold stars.&rsquo; &ldquo;</p> Evergreen Fire recruits ready to take the heat http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-fire-recruits-ready-take-heat <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-firerecruits02-cb-051116.jpg" alt="From left, Jake Millenbach, 23, Kelsey Swartz, 28, and McKenna Cook, 18, try on fire gear during an Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruiting event." title="From left, Jake Millenbach, 23, Kelsey Swartz, 28, and McKenna Cook, 18, try on fire gear during an Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruiting event." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note:</strong> The Canyon Courier is following three people hoping to complete the Evergreen Fire/Rescue academy to get their firefighting certification. This is the first in a series of stories about what it takes to become a firefighter.<br /> </em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Imagine Evergreen Fire/Rescue personnel as being similar to pied pipers: They try to lead as many as possible down the path to become firefighters.</span></p> 3-year-old continues to recover from serious dog bite http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/3-year-old-continues-recover-serious-dog-bite <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kaibianco10-cb-052516_1.jpg" alt="Kai Bianco, 3, walks along a playground fence. He was bitten by the family dog two years ago." title="Kai Bianco, 3, walks along a playground fence. He was bitten by the family dog two years ago." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kai Bianco is finding his independence.</p> <p> The little boy, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old, turned 3 on Tuesday. This fall, he starts preschool at Fletcher Miller School for children with special needs in Lakewood to get some additional physical and speech therapy, but his parents hope he will be at the same development level as his peers and ready to attend Wilmot Preschool in 2017.</p> <p> Kai went to a playground near his Evergreen home with his parents, Brandon Bianco and Shelby Foley, and they talked about his progress.</p>