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Today's Features

  • You can hear John Denver singing “Rocky Mountain High” at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    The late musician is featured prominently in a Colorado Music Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a video of his performances at Red Rocks in the 1970s. In a room dedicated to Denver, visitors can gaze at a guitar he once played and see stage outfits he wore and handwritten lyrics he composed.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • While excited about the recent purchase of the Bergen Park Church building as the new home of the Center for the Arts Evergreen, Steve Sumner, CEA executive director, is now facing the challenge of acquiring funds to renovate it.

    “We badly need help,” Sumner says. “The building needs to be totally gutted and rebuilt.”
    Last month the CAE capital campaign committee purchased the property for $500,000. To complete the renovation, another $600,000 is required, according to estimates.

  • A resident of Life Care Center of Evergreen has become a well-known artist in certain circles.

    Nancy Garner’s watercolor painting of two snowmen won the mountain states division of the Christmas card competition sponsored by Life Care Centers of America, the parent company of the Evergreen location. There are more than 20 facilities in the division.

    Garner, who had a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body, has learned to paint and draw with her left hand. She has been painting holiday scenes for years that family members turned into cards.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sometimes it seems the yule season is all about ugly holiday sweaters and who makes the best eggnog. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” presented by StageDoor Theatre’s Junior Company, offers a message of acceptance, forgiveness and recapturing the true meaning of Christmas, even if it’s delivered by the most unlikely messengers — ones who probably where ugly holiday sweaters themselves.