http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/burgeoning-traffic-bringing-tourists-%E2%80%94-and-dollars-%E2%80%94-i-70 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-tourism1-gc-090413.jpg" alt="Watercraft rentals at Evergreen Lake saw a 10 percent jump this summer." title="Watercraft rentals at Evergreen Lake saw a 10 percent jump this summer." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.</p> <p> Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country &mdash; from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California &mdash; make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.</p> Hit-run cyclist injures 86-year-old on trail at Lair o' the Bear http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/hit-run-cyclist-injures-86-year-old-trail-lair-o-bear <p> <span>An 86-year-old hiker was injured early on Sept. 10 at Lair o&#39; the Bear Park when he was struck by a bicyclist who continued on his way after the incident. &nbsp;</span></p> Trees, rocks tagged with graffiti at O'Fallon Park http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/trees-rocks-tagged-graffiti-ofallon-park <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Several rocks and trees in O&#39;Fallon Park near Kittredge have been tagged with graffiti.</span></p> <p> According to Jeffco sheriff&#39;s spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the graffiti is a quarter-mile from the trailhead along the Mead Park Trail. The graffiti likely was spray-painted sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday because a park ranger reported it to the Sheriff&#39;s Office on Thursday morning, Techmeyer said.</p> Evergreen cat confirmed to have plague http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-cat-confirmed-have-plague <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jefferson County Public Health has confirmed that a domestic cat in the Evergreen area has tested positive for plague. The cat is now under the care of a veterinarian.</span></p> <p> Public Health said it is not uncommon for cats to become infected with plague in an environment where the disease is circulating.</p> SRC plans Wurstfest fund-raiser http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/src-plans-wurstfest-fund-raiser <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Chow down on a bratwurst, sip a beer and help raise money for the Seniors&rsquo; Resource Center.</span></p> <p> The SRC on Saturday will host Wurstfest, an event reminiscent of Germany&rsquo;s Oktoberfest that serves as the senior center&rsquo;s sole fund-raiser of the year.</p> <p> In its second year, the event has a distinct fund-raising goal: to raise $30,000 for a fire alarm system for the on-site senior activity program.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a lofty goal,&rdquo; said Lori Joslin, the SRC&rsquo;s executive director.</p> More delays in Evergreen Parkway paving http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/more-delays-evergreen-parkway-paving <p> About half of Evergreen Parkway still will be repaved this fall as planned, with the remainder to be paved in the spring.</p> <p> According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the work also will include putting in a bike lane and creating a shoulder near King Soopers. CDOT officials have said working out the agreements to widen the road there has delayed the project for nearly a year.</p> Canyonfest a lively, artful celebration http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/canyonfest-lively-artful-celebration <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-canyonfest02-ks-092116jpg_0.jpg" alt="Terry Kleist of Green Bay, Wis., buys pottery from Vincent Tolpo of Shawnee during the Kittredge Canyonfest. Kleist was in town visiting her cousin." title="Terry Kleist of Green Bay, Wis., buys pottery from Vincent Tolpo of Shawnee during the Kittredge Canyonfest. Kleist was in town visiting her cousin." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Kevin M. Smith,&nbsp;</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>For the Courier&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p> Live music, hula-hooping, children&rsquo;s games and local artists filled Kittredge Community Park for eight hours Saturday for the annual Kittredge Canyonfest.&nbsp;</p> <p> The event, hosted by the Kittredge Civic Association, has been a fall staple of the community for nearly 30 years, according to co-organizer Brenna Witt.</p> Mountain area fire departments ratifying mutual-aid agreement http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mountain-area-fire-departments-ratifying-mutual-aid-agreement <p> Thanks to a new intergovernmental agreement, residents in Evergreen, Conifer and surrounding areas soon will have the benefit of multiple agencies being notified of and responding to medical and fire emergencies.</p>