Today's News

  • Foothills Fire Rescue completes ratings test

     Foothills Fire Rescue completed a two-day inspection and testing process in late June that will help determine how much residents of the Foothills Fire District will be paying for their insurance premiums.

    The last time an evaluation was done was more than 10 years ago. Since then the department has acquired two more water tankers, two more fire trucks and three full-time paid personnel, all of which should translate into a better rating and possibly lower homeowners' insurance costs.

  • Mixing it up for the arts

    The Bergen Village Shopping Center Merchants joined forces with the Center for the Arts Evergreen and the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the arts with a gallery opening and artist walk on July 21 in the Bergen Village Shopping Center.

    About 250 people attended the event, which was held along with the Evergreen chamber's July mixer and Evergreen Arts Alive!, a collection of visual, music and performing arts events from July 15-31.

  • Conifer library on list of possible closures

    The Jeffco library board is considering closing the system’s three smallest library branches next year, including the Conifer Library.
    Library staff on Thursday listed closure of the Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge libraries as cost-saving options; shutting down all three could save the system up to $695,000 annually.
    The closures could be necessary to meet a sharply reduced budget in 2012, library staff and board members said.

  • Library considers Internet filters after porn incident

    After a teen was recently caught viewing porn on a Columbine Library computer and allegedly masturbating in plain sight, the Jeffco library trustees are considering whether to filter Internet access for all library patrons.
    Library trustees clashed Thursday on the issue of Internet censorship.

  • Reconciliation key to big solutions

    In a recent radio interview, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger made an interesting point about how polarized our politics have become. I’m paraphrasing here, but Kissinger’s idea is essentially that positive changes in society are achieved only through moments of reconciliation, not conflict. It seems clear he views the partisan environment as a major obstacle to the continued success of America.
    So how can we get to a point of reconciliation? And are we so polarized that reconciliation is no longer possible?

  • Usual summer birds flock to feeders with their young

    The next few weeks of late July and early August are not the most exciting time in the bird world. Although a few early fall migrants will drift through, there is no big movement of birds.

    I still have red crossbills coming to the feeder with young, so I have had a good chance to study all their various plumage. They are truly beautiful birds that vary in color, especially the adult males that range from yellow to orange to light red to dark red.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Stobie film to be shown Thursday on Channel 12

    Jim Stobie, who was born and raised in Evergreen and graduated from Evergreen High School, has made a feature length film, “Attack of the Stobie Hobo,” to be shown on Channel 12, on Thursday, July 21.

  • SmartSource coupons coming back to the Courier

    Beginning with this week’s issue, SmartSource coupons will return to the Canyon Courier.

    Inside the paper each week, readers will find a coupon package valued at more than $75 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant discounts. Subscribers will find they can recoup the cost of a Courier subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

    As consumers look for ways to reduce expenses during the down economy, SmartSource coupons make the Courier more valuable than ever to local readers.

  • Evergreen resident wins hot-wing contest, feels the after-burn

    Conifer’s newest reigning champion is a winged warrior with intestinal fortitude that few dare challenge. The contest? Eating as many fiery hot wings as possible.

    Sunday’s contest was held by the Lord Knights of the Circle of Death, a group of mountain-area residents who delight in firing up their taste buds.

    Wing Wagon owner Bill Straight said the competition determines who can take the heat.

    “This isn’t about a contest between people — it’s a contest between them and the wings,” Straight said.