Local News

  • Community rallies to support young cancer patient

    Evergreen High School and the community are joining forces to help junior Spencer Page fight the toughest battle he’s ever faced. But this time it’s not on the basketball court or on the baseball field: Spencer, 17, is fighting cancer.

    He is going through chemotherapy and will face radiation and surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that is 4 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches in the right side of his chest

  • Submitting obituaries to the Canyon Courier

    The Courier offers paid obituaries along with a continuing option to place a $25 death notice in the paper.

    A $25 death notice may include:

    • Deceased’s full name, age, city/state of residence, one former residence, date and place of death.

    • Names of parents (deceased or living).

    • Names of survivors in immediate family. If no immediate family survive, predeceased members of the immediate family may be listed.

  • How to get your free listing in the Canyon Courier

    The Canyon Courier publishes free listings under the categories of Happenings, seniors briefs, education briefs, Neighbors/Good for You and Outdoors/Recreation. Submissions should be 125 words or less and will appear on a space-available basis. However, all listings will be carried at www.canyoncourier.com, as well as the additional categories of Meetings and Support/Assistance.

  • Annual Winterfest crafts fair coming up Nov. 13

    The annual Winterfest Arts and Crafts Festival is coming to Evergreen High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13, with 110 artists selling handmade goods.

    A highlight of the show is Dale Wills of Wills' Whittlings, who traditionally sells all of the wood animal, nature and Santa figures he makes all year in one day at Winterfest.

    Every year for 20 years, Wills has started his production process in February and then sold all of his artwork in one day nine months later.

  • Woman receives probation, weekend jail time for theft from Cub Scouts


    A Pine woman who eventually pleaded guilty to stealing $11,000 from Evergreen Cub Scout Pack 39 in 2008 was sentenced Nov. 1 to four weekends in the Jefferson County jail and a year of probation.

    Appearing in court with her lawyer, Ingrid Bakke, Lisa Marie Williams, 40, the former troop treasurer, said she was driven by financial desperation to steal the money but that she was "extremely remorseful."

    Judge Christopher Munch ordered Williams to report to the jail on Friday, where she will be incarcerated for 48 hours.

  • Library director explains numbers behind cutbacks


    By Vicky Gits

    Staff Writer

    People love their libraries, and they are definitely using their libraries, but given the current trends, there is going to be a little bit less to love about the public library of the future.

    Thanks to a projected 7 percent decline in assessed commercial property valuations in 2012, among other challenging revised budget assumptions, it will be hard to avoid a future downturn in the level of service in the Jefferson County Public Library system.

  • Park district tackles discount facility rental rates for charity groups

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is beginning to tackle the complex topic of support levels for the multitude of groups that use the Lake House and other district facilities for meetings, gatherings, money-making and fund-raising events.

    Over its 41 years, the district has lent its non-monetary support (or in-kind services) to a variety of nonprofit groups on a case-by-case basis. But in the last couple of years, the question has surfaced whether all of those groups enjoyed equal treatment.

  • 13 graduate from firefighting academy

    Thirteen new volunteer firefighters joined Evergreen Fire/Rescue in a graduation ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Evergreen Fire Administration Building. Afterward, firefighters demonstrated their new skills to the audience of friends and family.

    Becoming a volunteer is a process that takes about a year, including application, interviewing and 10 months of training in emergency medical, extrication, hazardous materials, structure and wildland firefighting.

  • Commemorative walk nearly complete in Buchanan Park

    The dedication of the Evergreen veterans memorial, honoring all who served America in uniform, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in Buchanan Park.

    There will be Taps, a 21-gun salute and presentations of banners to two Gold Star families honoring Ronald Aaron Grider and Ross Carver, who died recently in Afghanistan while in the service.

    Angie Carver, Ross Carver's mother, and Pastor Vera Steward of Evergreen Lutheran Church, Grider's aunt, will be attending. Bruce Fifer, commandant of the American Legion post, will be the emcee.

  • Fire district, metro district, schools rail against ballot measures

    If the proposed Proposition 101 passes on Election Day, Evergreen Fire/Rescue can expect to lose all the income it currently gets from taxes on motor vehicles, which equaled $350,000 in 2010.

    In addition, 911 fees would be frozen at 2009 levels, according to Fire Chief Garry DeJong. 

    DeJong spoke at a forum Oct. 27 at the Evergreen Fire Administration Building in front of a small group of people mostly involved in special-district administration.