http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A smooth operation: Volunteers help the Evergreen Rodeo Parade stay on track from start to finish http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/smooth-operation-volunteers-help-evergreen-rodeo-parade-stay-track-start-finish <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-rodeoparade02-fc-062117.jpg" alt="The Evergreen High School color guard performs as the Evergreen Rodeo Parade makes its way through downtown Evergreen on Saturday morning." title="The Evergreen High School color guard performs as the Evergreen Rodeo Parade makes its way through downtown Evergreen on Saturday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The 51st annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade on Saturday was all spectators could hope for: floats, vintage cars, nonprofits, live bands, politicians, fire trucks &mdash;&nbsp;an example of everything a small-town parade should be.</p> Rodeo parade displays the best of Americana http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/rodeo-parade-displays-best-americana <p> The entries in the Evergreen Rodeo Parade on Saturday were as diverse as the organizations here.</p> <p> Some entries adhered to the &ldquo;Best of the Wild Wild West&rdquo; theme, while others diverged from the Western theme.</p> <p> The Friends of Evergreen Dog Park walked with dogs alongside a car decorated like a dog, while senior citizens from Elk Run rode in a mock covered wagon with &ldquo;Oh, What a Beautiful Morning&rdquo; from the musical &ldquo;Oklahoma!&rdquo; playing.</p> Friends of Evergreen Dog Park take part in multi-agency working group http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/friends-evergreen-dog-park-take-part-multi-agency-working-group <p> Friends of Evergreen Dog Park are keeping pressure on authorities to have an off-leash dog park in Evergreen, organizers told about 30 people who attended a group meeting last Thursday.</p> <p> In February, Jeffco Open Space announced that the 107-acre Elk Meadow dog park on Stagecoach Boulevard was in danger of closing because of overuse, and despite meetings at which residents gave suggests for solving issues, officials ultimately closed it.</p> Educational signs from Braille Trail loop stolen at Genesee Park http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/educational-signs-braille-trail-loop-stolen-genesee-park <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/braillesigns.jpg" alt="Surveillance captured a man stealing the temporary signs from the Braille Trail. The man is considered a person of interest in the original thefts." title="Surveillance captured a man stealing the temporary signs from the Braille Trail. The man is considered a person of interest in the original thefts." align="left" hspace="6" width="81" height="85" /><p> Dozens of educational signs were stolen from the Braille Trail loop in Genesee Park last month.</p> <p> The 37 Braille interpretive signs asked passers-by to take in the sounds, smells and textures of nature as a way of enhancing the park experience for the visually impaired, Denver Mountain Parks representatives said.</p> <p> The signs were along the Braille Trail and Chavez Trail, which are part of the Beaver Brook Trailhead off Stapleton Drive.</p> Rupert asks voters to be re-elected http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/rupert-asks-voters-be-re-elected <p> In 2015, Brad Rupert announced his bid for a seat on the Jeffco school board after three board members &mdash; John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams &mdash; were targeted for recall by community members who felt they lacked accountability, transparency and general respect for the community they were elected to serve. Running on a platform of outcome-focused decision-making and with a desire to rebuild trust in the community, Rupert was ultimately elected treasurer of the board and replaced Williams.</p> 90-year-old Lee Sweetland is a familiar face at Evergreen Lake http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/90-year-old-lee-sweetland-familiar-face-evergreen-lake <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-leesweetland02-cb-062117.jpg" alt="Lee Sweetland, an Evergreen resident for 65 years, continues to walk at Evergreen Lake. " title="Lee Sweetland, an Evergreen resident for 65 years, continues to walk at Evergreen Lake. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Lee Sweetland is a familiar sight to those frequenting Evergreen Lake in the mornings.</p> <p> The 90-year-old, carrying a wooden staff, is an almost daily walker near the Lake House. He used to walk along Bear Creek to the dam and back, but with the North Lake Trail closed, he makes do with walking the triangle along the creek, across the boardwalk and through the parking lot.</p> <p> He walks because he knows how important it is to stay active, especially at his age, and because he loves both the outdoors and Evergreen.</p> Junior mountain-bikers give it their all http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/junior-mountain-bikers-give-it-their-all <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-jr.mountainbikeclub02-cb-062117.jpg" alt="Alyson Meyers, 11, from Conifer bikes up a trail during the junior mountain biking program at Alderfer/Three Sisters Wednesday, June 14, 2017." title="Alyson Meyers, 11, from Conifer bikes up a trail during the junior mountain biking program at Alderfer/Three Sisters Wednesday, June 14, 2017." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> Mountain biking season is in full swing, and with that, the Evergreen Park &amp; Recreation District junior mountain biking program kicked off last week at Elk Meadow and Alderfer/Three Sisters.</p> <p> The junior program &mdash; for ages 8-12 &mdash; has been running for six years. This year, though, EPRD added an advanced mountain biking program for 10- to 16-year-olds who are transitioning between the junior program and a high school team, said recreation supervisor Kendra Lind.</p> Solar panels set to be installed at EFPD station http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/solar-panels-set-be-installed-efpd-station <p> The Evergreen Fire Protection District board formally approved last week plans to install hundreds of solar panels on the roof of Station 2, effectively ending a years-long debate over reducing the fire district&rsquo;s energy consumption through photovoltaic energy and other energy-saving measures.</p> <p> In a unanimous vote June 13, board members approved a $350,000 contract with Denver-based solar company BriteStreet Solar Built, the same company responsible for solar projects at the National Western Stock Show Complex and Centura Health&rsquo;s Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.</p>