http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 'Principal for a day' at Wilmot Elementary learns lessons in management http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/principal-day-wilmot-elementary-learns-lessons-management <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-principal1-sb-11-19-14.jpg" alt="Josephine Trinco, a first-grade student at Wilmot Elementary School, asks a classmate a question while serving as principal for a day. Principal Matt Cormier, right, accompanied Josephine while she visited classes on Nov. 18." title="Josephine Trinco, a first-grade student at Wilmot Elementary School, asks a classmate a question while serving as principal for a day. Principal Matt Cormier, right, accompanied Josephine while she visited classes on Nov. 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> In her role as principal for a day, first-grader Josephine Trinco greeted students, oversaw a fire drill and learned about top-level responsibilities at Wilmot Elementary School on Nov. 18.</p> <p> <br /> Accompanied by principal Matt Cormier, Josephine visited classrooms and handed out birthday cards to students after leading her classmates in the Pledge of Allegiance and making morning announcements.</p> <p> <br /> During her tour of the school, Josephine asked students if they would like to create a new rule for the day. One suggestion was to allow gum-chewing in class.</p> CDOT to suspend I-70 work on holiday weekend http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cdot-suspend-i-70-work-holiday-weekend <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">You may have an easier trip than usual if you&rsquo;re headed over the river and through the woods on Interstate 70 this Thanksgiving holiday to check out Idaho Springs&rsquo; tree-lighting ceremony.</span></p> Error on flier disturbs school district parents http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/error-flier-disturbs-school-district-parents <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Two parents want the Jeffco school district to vet sponsors of district officials&rsquo; speaking engagements after an announcement for an Evergreen Tea Party meeting originally listed a white-supremacist group as a co-sponsor.</span></p> <p> The flier for the Evergreen Tea Party&rsquo;s Education Night on Nov. 10 originally listed the American Freedom Party as a co-sponsor. The flier was later corrected to list Americans For Prosperity, and an explanation of the error is on the Tea Party&rsquo;s website.</p> Park board fine-tunes 2015 budget for district http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/park-board-fine-tunes-2015-budget-district <p> While reviewing a third draft of the 2015 budget for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District on Nov. 18, board members suggested changes to accurately reflect expenditures in the coming year.</p> Fire district plans new user fees to offset revenue drop http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/fire-district-plans-new-user-fees-offset-revenue-drop <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Evergreen Fire Protection District officials plan to add new user fees and to increase existing fees by up to 15 percent to offset an expected drop in property-tax revenue in 2015.</span></p> <p> Probably the biggest proposed fee &mdash; fire officials plan to charge drivers $500 for traffic accidents the district responds to, said Fire Chief Mike Weege. Only drivers who live outside the district would be charged, since they don&rsquo;t the pay property taxes that make up the majority of the fire district&rsquo;s revenue.&nbsp;</p> Evergreen Downtown Business Association names managing director http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-downtown-business-association-names-managing-director <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-edbadirector-sb-11-26-14jpg.jpg" alt="Linda Castle" title="Linda Castle" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Evergreen resident Linda Castle will begin her new position as managing director of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association on Jan. 1. She is replacing former EDBA president Trish Wales, who resigned last summer.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;We are delighted to welcome her in this position, and know her expertise will further the success of our community events and activities, and will add to the economic vitality in our unique arts, cultural and commercial district,&rdquo; said EDBA board member Joan Mickelson.</p> Tinseled tannenbaums tout a yummy yule tradition http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/tinseled-tannenbaums-tout-yummy-yule-tradition <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-festivaltrees02-gc-112614.jpg" alt="Yvonne Lipson with Yvonne Marie&#039;s Patisserie cuts into a dog cake during the Wine Tasting and Festival of Trees on Saturday at the Lake House." title="Yvonne Lipson with Yvonne Marie&#039;s Patisserie cuts into a dog cake during the Wine Tasting and Festival of Trees on Saturday at the Lake House." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Father Christmas would have been pleased when more than 200 guests gathered at the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday evening for the 14th annual Wine Tasting and Festival of Trees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Presented by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together local businesses, Colorado wineries and chamber supporters for a night of mostly giving and, for some lucky silent-auction bidders, a night of receiving.&nbsp;</p> Getting crafty at the Humphrey Museum http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/getting-crafty-humphrey-museum <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-humphrey-sb-11-26-14_0.jpg" alt="Angela Rayne, right, helps Kathy Husband and Kim Fornwalt, left, create holiday decorations during a class at the Humphrey History Park and Museum." title="Angela Rayne, right, helps Kathy Husband and Kim Fornwalt, left, create holiday decorations during a class at the Humphrey History Park and Museum." align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> Gathered in the farmhouse at the Humphrey History Park and Museum, participants in a craft program were creating holiday table decorations on Nov. 19. Using paper, silk leaves and gold spray paint, they transformed everyday materials into glittering d&eacute;cor.</p> <p> <br /> Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum, was leading the class while taking a break from managing the farm, which includes goats and chickens that need care and feeding.</p> <p> <br /> Upcoming classes at the museum on Soda Creek Road include making snow globes and soaps.</p>