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Today's Features

  • Everybody who participated in Drive Smart’s much-anticipated eighth annual Evergreen Lake Plunge had her own reason to strip down and jump in.

    For Drive Smart’s executive director, Jackie Mohr, it may have been a case of leading by example. Mohr dreamed up the event back in 2009 and could hardly ask her neighbors to take a dip that she will not. In any case, by noon on New Year’s Day, her cold-blooded brand of leadership appeared to have inspired a whole lot of hot-blooded emulation.

  • The Wilmot Elementary Wildcats now have a real wildcat as their mascot.

    Students last fall collected the necessary money — $120 —to adopt Mitchell the bobcat, who lives at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg.

    Jenna Audlin, the third-grader who spearheaded the adoption drive, promises that Mitchell won’t be moving into the school, but will stay in Keenesburg instead. She hopes her Girl Scout troop or maybe even the entire school can travel to the sanctuary to visit the newest Wilmot Wildcat.

  • Evergreen had its share of ups and downs in 2015. This week the Canyon Courier is looking back at some of the more impactful stories from the past 12 months.

    Remembering Greg Henika

    In January, Evergreen lost longtime volunteer Greg Henika, who drowned in Evergreen Lake when the ATV he was driving to groom the lake for a Blue Spruce Kiwanis event fell through the ice. His loss was met with an outpouring of love from the community, including a candlelight vigil and a music festival fund-raiser.

  • Christmas came early this year for one small turtle with a huge personality. 

    The reptile, affectionately named Stretch by a Jeffco sheriff's officer, was discovered along with his feline cousin, Homer, when deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person in a home. 

    Jeffco animal control officer Chana Guy also was dispatched to assist on the call, which came during the Dec. 15 snowstorm that closed most local schools. 

  • Her face rosy from the cold, 4-year-old Diah McNeil ditched the skater's helper she had been using and skated freely across the ice rink at Evergreen Lake on Dec. 23.

    Diah and her family were among a large crowd skating and playing hockey at the lake on the opening day of ice-skating season. 

  • Evergreen firefighters and Walmart combined on a recent Saturday to provide needy kids and their families a "shopping day" and a big helping of holiday cheer.

    Christmas for Firefighters has been bringing the holidays home for families facing financial difficulties since 2001. The annual event is the brainchild of Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn and is partially funded by a Walmart community grant.

  • Parents can tell you that teenagers are complicated and aren’t easy to understand.

    That’s hasn’t changed over the decades, but what has become concerning to adolescent experts is how much stress teens are under and how young people often act out with negative behaviors.

    Last Thursday, Evergreen High School students overheard what they believed to be a student making a threat in the school. They reported it to authorities, and a teen was arrested.

  • Some say you can never go home again, but four Evergreen teachers and a staff member now walk the halls of a school they attended.

    They’re pleased to be working in Evergreen schools, saying they’ve felt at home and a special kinship with their alma maters.

    The five are:

    • Sam Jones, 24, a 2010 Evergreen High School graduate who started teaching history at EHS this year.

    • Jenifer Mintle, 50, a 1983 EHS graduate who has been teaching physical education there since 2001.

  • StageDoor Theatre is bringing the search for the Great Pink Sea Snail to the stage with a production of “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.,” which will be performed by the middle school company May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Director Mike Kinnie has been a fan of the original movie and its soundtrack since childhood.

    “The story has a nice message: take care of the animals, don’t forget about the animals, animals are people too. So it’s a great story; it’s a great message.”

  • Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.