http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en All about bears, squirrels, gophers http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/all-about-bears-squirrels-gophers <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-naturecenter06-gc-022515.jpg" alt="Tracy Rodgers signs the Nature Nuts presentation for Kathy Sevier, left, and Todd Sevier, who are deaf." title="Tracy Rodgers signs the Nature Nuts presentation for Kathy Sevier, left, and Todd Sevier, who are deaf." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Do mice hibernate?&rdquo; 4&frac12;-year-old Maia Maestas asked volunteer naturalist Connie Hauver.</span></p> <p> Maia and other youngsters were gathered around Hauver for a Preschool Nature Nuts program at Lookout Mountain Nature Center last Thursday.</p> <p> Mice don&rsquo;t hibernate like bears and other creatures during the wintertime, Hauver said.</p> Winter ice-skating season ends at Evergreen Lake http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/winter-ice-skating-season-ends-evergreen-lake-0 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-lakeclose-022515-c.jpg" alt="Workers clean the surface of Evergreen Lake near the location of a fatal accident that occurred Jan.22." title="Workers clean the surface of Evergreen Lake near the location of a fatal accident that occurred Jan.22." align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The only people on the ice at Evergreen Lake last week were a few fishermen and workers who were cleaning the frozen surface.</span></p> <p> Warm weather mixed with intermittent snow created unstable conditions on the ice, prompting the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to close the skating rinks for the season.</p> <p> Ellen O&#39;Connor, EPRD executive director, said that a collaborative decision had been made after conferring with Brad Bednar, Evergreen Lake House supervisor, and Heart Cameron, EPRD operations manager.</p> Work on connector trail at Evergreen Lake dam to begin in April http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/work-connector-trail-evergreen-lake-dam-begin-april <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Construction on the long-anticipated connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam is scheduled to begin the second week of April, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.</span></p> <p> The 200-foot trail connection, which has been in planning stages for several years, will provide an alternative to the steep metal stairs leading from the base of the dam to the lake trail. The project is a collaborative effort involving DEED and the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.</p> Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/names-teachers-involved-sick-outs-wont-be-released-now <p> <span>An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in &ldquo;sick-outs&rdquo; last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers&rsquo; medical privacy.</span></p> <p> The Jefferson County Education Association&rsquo;s Feb. 18 filing in District Court claims that even when sick-leave records do not contain specific health data, disclosing the records to the public could indirectly reveal private information.</p> ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ brings sweet performances to EMS http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/%E2%80%98willy-wonka-jr%E2%80%99-brings-sweet-performances-ems <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-willywonka01-gc-022515.jpg" alt="Zach Miller, who plays Willy Wonka, and Joe Setlak, who plays Grandpa Joe — with the Oompa-Loompas in the background — rehearse for the Evergreen Middle School production of “Willie Wonka Jr.”" title="Zach Miller, who plays Willy Wonka, and Joe Setlak, who plays Grandpa Joe — with the Oompa-Loompas in the background — rehearse for the Evergreen Middle School production of “Willie Wonka Jr.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Oompa-Loompas will visit Evergreen Middle School on Friday and Saturday, when &ldquo;Willy Wonka Jr.&rdquo; is performed by the school&rsquo;s choral music students.</p> <p> The show is based on the book &ldquo;Willy Wonka,&rdquo; so the plot is a bit different than the Gene Wilder movie. But the students will be treated to old friends such as Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, his Uncle Joe and the other difficult children who find golden tickets.</p> Snow days http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/snow-days <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-canyonweather-gc-022515.jpg" alt="Sarah Nieft goes for a hike on Monday on the snow-covered trails at Elk Meadow Open Space. Mountain area residents enjoyed a variety of indoor and outdoor diversions during the snowy weekend." title="Sarah Nieft goes for a hike on Monday on the snow-covered trails at Elk Meadow Open Space. Mountain area residents enjoyed a variety of indoor and outdoor diversions during the snowy weekend." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A snowstorm in the foothills &mdash; whether 6 inches or 60 inches &mdash; brings a series of rituals that include both outdoor and indoor activities.</p> <p> As Evergreen and Conifer prepared on Friday for a snowy blast over the weekend, one of the first rituals for many was a trip to the grocery store to stock up on supplies, with reports of long lines at checkout stands and empty shelves after the onslaught.</p> Heritage Square announces closing on Dec. 31 http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/heritage-square-announces-closing-dec-31 <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Heritage Square Family Entertainment Center will close on Dec. 31, said Peter Bovis, property manager for the Victorian-themed park in Golden.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> The closure includes the alpine slide and all shops and businesses. The amusement park and Victorian Event Center, which are independently operated businesses, will remain open as stand-alone operations, Bovis said.</p> <p> Bovis, who has served as manager of the park for the past three years, cited economic factors in the decision to close the main portion of it.&nbsp;</p> Park district hires new human resources manager http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/park-district-hires-new-human-resources-manager <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-eprd-hrmgr-2-25-15.jpg" alt="Heather McBroome" title="Heather McBroome" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Evergreen resident Heather McBroome has been hired by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to serve as part-time human resources manager, Ellen O&rsquo;Connor, EPRD executive director, announced last Thursday.</span></p> <p> McBroome is replacing former HR manager Chris Jeffery, who left the district in January to accept a full-time position.</p>