http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A good time with rhyme http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/good-time-rhyme-0 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-oralinterpretations07-gc-111914_0.jpg" alt="Irene Grundin, kindergarten teacher, tries to help Finley Shaughnessy recite her poem during an oral interpretation event on Thursday at Bergen Meadow Elementary School. " title="Irene Grundin, kindergarten teacher, tries to help Finley Shaughnessy recite her poem during an oral interpretation event on Thursday at Bergen Meadow Elementary School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;Roses are red; violets are blue.<br /> I&rsquo;m not a professional speaker; how about you?&rdquo;</p> <p> That was the poem kindergartner Mason Wertz wrote and recited at the annual oral interpretation event at Bergen Meadow Elementary last Thursday. Mason was the first speaker, and his poem summed up the event&rsquo;s mission: give children an opportunity to speak in public.</p> Plans for Winter Sports Center melt down http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/plans-winter-sports-center-melt-down <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">There will be no sledding and no Nordic track at the Evergreen Golf Course this winter, after&nbsp;the Evergreen Park and Recreation District abandoned a plan to make the programs come to fruition.</span></p> <p> EPRD had been in talks with course owner&nbsp;Denver&nbsp;Parks and Recreation to lease the golf course and pro shop for $500 for the winter season, said Brad Bednar,&nbsp;Evergreen&nbsp;Lake House supervisor.</p> Global-warming claims spark heated responses http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/global-warming-claims-spark-heated-responses <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Colorado&rsquo;s recent cold snap and snow come directly from worldwide global warming, according to a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist who spoke Tuesday evening at the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council.</span></p> Vacancy panel to name replacement for office-hopping Griffin http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/vacancy-panel-name-replacement-office-hopping-griffin <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/griffin-faye_1.jpg" alt="Faye Griffin" title="Faye Griffin" align="left" hspace="6" width="71" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">As newly elected Jeffco clerk and recorder Faye Griffin prepares to serve in her third different elected position in eight years &mdash; after she resigns from her county commission seat &mdash; a GOP vacancy committee is preparing to replace her on the commission.</span></p> <p> E.V. Leyendecker, chairman of the Jeffco Republican Party, said the party formed a vacancy committee earlier this year after Griffin announced her plans to run for clerk and recorder &mdash; and to leave her term-limited commission seat if elected.&nbsp;</p> Evergreen merchants have big plans for Small Business Saturday http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-merchants-have-big-plans-small-business-saturday <p> <span>Hey, big spender &mdash; and small spenders: Don&#39;t forget your favorite&nbsp;local stores this holiday season, especially on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29.</span></p> Crews repair water-line break in downtown Evergreen http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/crews-repair-water-line-break-downtown-evergreen <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A water-line break in downtown Evergreen meant shut-offs for Creekside Winery and Evergreen Crafters on Monday.</span></p> <p> Sheriff&rsquo;s deputies called the Evergreen Metropolitan District on Sunday night to report the break, said Dave Lighthart, director of the district. Technicians worked on the break Sunday night and fixed it Monday. It appeared the break occurred in a weak point in the pipe near where a similar break happened in the late 1990s, Lighthart said.</p> O’Connor begins serving as exec director of rec district http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/o%E2%80%99connor-begins-serving-exec-director-rec-district <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oconnor_ellen_0.jpg" alt="Ellen O&#039;Connor" title="Ellen O&#039;Connor" align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> For the past week, Ellen O&rsquo;Connor has been working in her new position as executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.</p> <p> <br /> After extensive interviews with O&rsquo;Connor and two other finalists, members of the EPRD board unanimously chose O&rsquo;Connor to serve as head of the park district on Nov. 12 &mdash; a position she officially began the following day.</p> EHS Education Foundation previews new entertainment center at fund-raising event http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ehs-education-foundation-previews-new-entertainment-center-fund-raising-event <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-wildfund-sb-11-19-14_0.jpg" alt="Linda Nielander and Patti Thiel of the Evegreen High School Education Foundation were among more than 300 people who attended a fund-raising event at The Wild Games on Saturday night." title="Linda Nielander and Patti Thiel of the Evegreen High School Education Foundation were among more than 300 people who attended a fund-raising event at The Wild Games on Saturday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> More than 300 people attended a fund-raising event Saturday for the Evergreen High School Education Foundation at The Wild Game, a new entertainment center in Bergen Park.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;It was truly an amazing evening in Evergreen,&rdquo; said Linda Nielander, a foundation board member who helped organize the event with Dave Wilson, owner of the The Wild Game, and others.</p>