Today's News

  • 2011 Top 10 sports stories

    2011 saw many things from Evergreen’s gymnastics team, led by Ashley Perry, return to the top of the ladder in 4A to Evergreen’s boys soccer team run all the way to the state championship game to the Cougars’ boys lacrosse team, inspired by their fallen coach Toby Plank, qualify for the state playoffs for the first time. The following is a list of the Canyon Courier’s Top 10 sports stories for the past year:


  • Benefit sale to help Kittredge artist rebuild cabin

    Friends and family are staging a benefit art sale on behalf of Kittredge artist John Scott, 92, who was severely burned in a ferocious fire Nov. 7 in his hilltop hideaway.

    Scott survived the fire, but the rustic, log structure he built by hand and furnished with trophies and other mementos is a total loss. As of Dec. 22, Scott was on the mend in a rehab facility in Denver after a couple weeks in the hospital, said his daughter, Laura Scott of Denver.

  • Fires, political districts heat up year in news


    1. Wildland fires fuel prompt home evacuations

    After high winds and dry weather culminated in three fires in the Evergreen area at about the same time on April 8, authorities called for a complete ban on open flames on both federal land and unincorporated Jefferson County.

  • Storm slams area with up to 30 inches of snow

    A row of imposing icicles hanging from a porch in Kittredge points to the unavoidable fact that winter has arrived with a vengeance in the high country, as a storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow on parts of Evergreen and Conifer overnight Wednesday.


  • To peace, perseverance and love

    I’ve never been fond of compilation columns or the laundry lists produced when deadline arrives before any decent ideas, but I’m going to indulge myself this week with a list of thank-yous amid the holidays:

  • Goldfinches in winter plumage a pleasure to find

    A pleasant surprise this past week was a letter to the Canyon Courier with photos enclosed of some American goldfinches at a feeder. The photos were taken by Bud and Sandy Madigan at their home feeder in the Upper Bear Creek area. The photos helped me identify the birds.

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    At the planetarium

  • Evergreen man dies in rollover accident on Pena Boulevard

    An Evergreen man died and a passenger was taken to a hospital after a rollover traffic accident on Pena Boulevard in Denver about 10 p.m. Monday.

    Ervin Wayne Settles II, 34, died at the scene, according to an Aurora Police Department media release. The woman has not been named.

    Settles was driving a Ford F-250 crew-cab pickup north on Pena Boulevard south of East 40th Avenue when the truck sideswiped a Hyundai Sonata. The Hyundai spun off Pena Boulevard and landed in an unpaved area. None of the three people in the Hyundai were injured.

  • Ice Fest XVI a cool way to party at Evergreen Lake


    The place to be on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is Evergreen Lake, where sponsors are staging a series of family-friendly events for the 16th year in a row under the new marketing label IceFest XVI.

    The IceFest includes three main events, beginning Dec. 31: Pond Hockey Tournament at 8 a.m., Skate the Lake at 6 p.m. (fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight), and the entertaining Evergreen Lake Plunge on New Year’s Day for those who enjoy diving into ice water (ridiculous costumes welcome but not required).

  • Starry-eyed couple embody holiday magic

    For Erik and Frances Listou, Santa Claus isn’t just a tradition, it’s a lifestyle — especially around the holidays.


    Married for 22 years, the Listous are the Santa and Mrs. Claus of Evergreen.

    They are the real couple behind the couple that presides over the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lake House every year. They lead the parade around Evergreen Lake on foot and head for the Ice House, where they patiently pose and be impossibly charming while 200 children have their pictures taken in about three hours.