Local News

  • Skate the Lake set to go at Evergreen Lake

    The 13th annual Skate the Lake Winter Festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, with all proceeds benefiting Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer.

    In addition to skating Thursday evening on Evergreen Lake, there will be food, dancing, bonfires, sleigh rides and music provided by Straykatz Production. Fireworks displays will start at 8 p.m. and at midnight.

  • Local woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted

    A housecleaner who lives in an apartment in Kittredge is facing charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 44-year-old local woman.


    Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Joel M. Herrin, 44, at his Kittredge apartment about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

    As deputies were approaching the dwelling, the suspect opened the door and surrendered, according to a sheriff’s department news release. The man’s address was listed as 26194 Columbine Trail in Kittredge.

  • Banner for Ice Melt contest swiped from bank

    The banner advertising the Ice Melt Barrel contest was stolen from Evergreen National Bank on Dec. 12 or 13.

    The Ice Melt contest is a benefit for local nonprofit organizations Drive Smart Evergreen-Conifer and the special needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    Call Maren Schreiber, coordinator of the special needs program, at 720-880-1219 with any information. 

    Contact Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Check www.CanyonCourier.com for updates.



  • Va. firm to conduct community survey for rec district

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Dec. 8 approved the selection of Responsive Management Inc. of Harrisonburg, Va., to conduct a district-wide telephone-based community survey in 2010.

    Responsive Management is a survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues.

    The study measuring customer needs and satisfaction is to be awarded immediately contingent on an interview and signed contract based on the proposal.

  • Remembering 2009: Storms, controversy shaped year in news

    In the freak accident category, the best story of the year was an Evergreen mountain climber’s account of how he survived a direct lightning hit on 14,265-foot Quandary Peak in the middle of summer.

    Oil-and-gas lawyer T.J. Carroll and his Tibetan terrier, Zengi, were about 15 minutes from the top at about noon when the strike came out of a few harmless-looking clouds.

  • Boy hit by car at Walmart now in fair condition

    The condition of 3-year-old Josh Johnson, who was run over in the parking lot at Walmart on Dec. 19, has been upgraded from serious to fair, according to Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Whitehead.

    There was no further information available on his injuries or when he might be released from the hospital.

    Josh was freed from under the car by firefighter Scott Martin after bystanders lifted the vehicle.


  • Evergreen Middle School teacher dies in accident

    Lesley Jankausky, an eighth-grade science teacher at Evergreen Middle School, was killed in a car accident Dec. 22 in Nebraska while traveling to see her family for the holidays.

    Jankausky had been a part of the EMS staff for 10 years. Services are pending.

    “She was a dear friend and respected teacher,” EMS principal Kristopher Schuh said in an e-mail to all EMS families. “We will miss her humor, enthusiasm and dedication to the staff and students at Evergreen Middle School.”

  • When imaginations soar: Students at the Bergens test their wings in the art of kite-making

    “Tako kichi,” the Japanese words meaning “kite crazy,” aptly describe art classes at the Bergens the past two weeks as students learned all about kites.

    Students at both Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools cut the paper, dyed it, and added the bamboo-stick supports and tails to create simple but beautiful Japanese kites. Plus, they learned some history of the art form, which dates back at least 2,000 years.

  • Evergreen businessman running for state Senate

    Evergreen businessman Tim Leonard is fed up with government spending and has announced a bid for elected office, jumping into the void created when Democrat Dan Gibbs decided not to run again for the state Senate.

    “I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman. I have a family (his wife, Monica, and six kids). The last thing I want to do is leave my (home base) and go around the state and talk to people about where I stand,” said Leonard, who is running as a Republican. The family has lived in the same stone-and-timber home in Kittredge for 15 years.

  • 'A wonderful story of hope': Firefighter, bystanders save 3-year-old trapped under car at Walmart

    After saving the life of 3-year-old Joshua Johnson in the Walmart parking lot Saturday, Evergreen volunteer firefighter Scott Martin was back on the job and coping pretty well by Tuesday morning.

    “As tragic as the incident was, the fact that he is still alive is such a wonderful story of hope. The news is always so doom and gloom,” Martin said.

    Martin’s heroic quick thinking and crisis expertise turned a near fatality into a miracle lifesaving opportunity, as bystanders joined forces to lift the car and free the boy.