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Today's Features

  • Kai Bianco is finding his independence.

    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.

    Kai went to a playground near his Evergreen home with his parents, Brandon Bianco and Shelby Foley, and they talked about his progress.

  • Editor’s note: 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.

    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.

  • Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.

  • The Evergreen Masters Swim Team might be misnamed.

    While the team does hold swim practices twice weekly at Wulf Recreation Center, its mostly female members don’t limit themselves to the pool.

    “It’s not just swimming,” said member Kristine Stevens. “It’s a life experience.”

  • 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.

  • Among the oil paintings and equine photography at Main Street Fine Art and Shadow Mountain Gallery last Thursday were rows of boldly decorated duck-size ceramic eggs and their many egghead admirers.

  • After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.

    Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.

  • Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time — with the right training.

    In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn’t well.

    Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.