http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Friends, neighbors honor Henika at candlelight vigil http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/friends-neighbors-honor-henika-candlelight-vigil <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-vigil05-cs-012815.jpg" alt="Lisa Warren and her son Liam, 4, of Evergreen listen as friends and colleagues remember Greg Henika during a candlelight vigil Sunday evening on the football field at Evergreen High School." title="Lisa Warren and her son Liam, 4, of Evergreen listen as friends and colleagues remember Greg Henika during a candlelight vigil Sunday evening on the football field at Evergreen High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Friends and neighbors told stories at a candlelight vigil to honor Greg Henika on Sunday evening at Evergreen High School.</p> Coordinated efforts needed to pull ATV from Evergreen Lake http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/coordinated-efforts-needed-pull-atv-evergreen-lake-0 <p> It took more than four hours to pull the 2,000-pound ATV that sank into Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning from the water, said Marc Rosenberg of the Evergreen Metropolitan District, who oversaw the salvage operation on Friday.</p> Keeping their noses in books http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/keeping-their-noses-books <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-pizzaparty10-pz-012815.jpg" alt="Kindergartner Chloe Steinert enjoys listening to principal Matt Cormier read “Super Duck” during a party to reward students for reading over winter break." title="Kindergartner Chloe Steinert enjoys listening to principal Matt Cormier read “Super Duck” during a party to reward students for reading over winter break." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s apparent what many Wilmot Elementary School students did over winter break: read.</p> <p> More than half the students met the school&rsquo;s reading challenge, reading at least 200 minutes for the younger kids or 300 minutes for the older kids.&nbsp; Many exceeded the goal &mdash; and some went way beyond expectations, reading for 2,000 minutes.</p> <p> One student went on a family road trip and listened to books on tape, which counted for the challenge.</p> A big hairy myth? True believers say no http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/big-hairy-myth-true-believers-say-no <p> Whether called Sasquatch, the Missouri monster, skunk ape or forest devil, a large, hairy creature has been sighted repeatedly around Bailey over the years.<br /> Bigfoot lives &mdash; at least in the hearts and minds of people who report sightings to Jim Myers, owner of the Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.<br /> Myers has organized a loosely knit group of people interested in researching the creature that many believe is a myth. But those who have seen it swear they weren&rsquo;t dreaming.<br /> 8th annual egg decorating contest begins http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/8th-annual-egg-decorating-contest-begins <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-sggdec-sb-12815.jpg" alt="These decorated eggs are examples of entries in past contests sponsored by Downtown Evergreen." title="These decorated eggs are examples of entries in past contests sponsored by Downtown Evergreen." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The opportunity to create a work of art from an egg is once again available in the eighth annual egg-decorating contest sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.</p> <p> <br /> Each year contestants paint their eggs from January to March at Go Paint! in downtown Evergreen.</p> Hays selected as interim chamber president http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/hays-selected-interim-chamber-president <p> An Evergreen resident, who previously was the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce advertising and membership director, has been named the chamber&rsquo;s interim president.</p> <p> Betsy Hays, who also served as development director of the Mountain Area Land Trust, will take over the helm of the chamber while its board of directors searches for a permanent president.</p> <p> Lin Browning, who was the chamber&rsquo;s president for four years, resigned abruptly recently, citing family issues.</p> Man dies after ATV falls through ice on Evergreen Lake http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/man-dies-after-atv-falls-through-ice-evergreen-lake <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fullsizerender.jpg" alt="Rescuers work at Evergreen Lake after an ATV fell through the ice on Thursday morning." title="Rescuers work at Evergreen Lake after an ATV fell through the ice on Thursday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> An Idledale man died Thursday after the ATV he was using to groom Evergreen Lake fell through the ice.</p> <p> Greg Henika, 67, was pulled from the water about 10 a.m. by a rescue diver, according to Doug Saba of Evergreen Fire/Rescue. The ATV that Henika was driving broke through the ice about 9:35 a.m., and people nearby called 911.</p> <p> Henika was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where he had been taken by helicopter, said Gordon Johnson, a deputy coroner for Jefferson County. An autopsy will be performed, Johnson said.</p> Residents reporting encounters with mountain lions http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/residents-reporting-encounters-mountain-lions <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-lion01-fc-012815.jpg" alt="A mountain lion shows its teeth after it was captured just west of Idaho Springs on Jan. 18. The mountain lion was killed after attacking animals on the property. " title="A mountain lion shows its teeth after it was captured just west of Idaho Springs on Jan. 18. The mountain lion was killed after attacking animals on the property. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Clear Creek residents along Witter Gulch Road and west of Idaho Springs have had run-ins with mountain lions in recent weeks.</p> <p> The EMERGE homeowners association, located in the Upper Bear Creek region of the county, alerted residents that a mountain lion was spotted in the Old Squaw Pass, Echo Hills, Snyder Mountain and King-Murphy neighborhoods.</p> <p> The e-mail alert said the lion was attacking dogs and displaying threatening behavior to people. Residents are also sharing photos of a mountain lion roaming their backyards at night.</p>