http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 3-year-old continues to recover from serious dog bite http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/3-year-old-continues-recover-serious-dog-bite <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kaibianco10-cb-052516_1.jpg" alt="Kai Bianco, 3, walks along a playground fence. He was bitten by the family dog two years ago." title="Kai Bianco, 3, walks along a playground fence. He was bitten by the family dog two years ago." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kai Bianco is finding his independence.</p> <p> The little boy, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old, turned 3 on Tuesday. This fall, he starts preschool at Fletcher Miller School for children with special needs in Lakewood to get some additional physical and speech therapy, but his parents hope he will be at the same development level as his peers and ready to attend Wilmot Preschool in 2017.</p> <p> Kai went to a playground near his Evergreen home with his parents, Brandon Bianco and Shelby Foley, and they talked about his progress.</p> Evergreen Fire recruits ready to take the heat http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-fire-recruits-ready-take-heat <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-firerecruits02-cb-051116.jpg" alt="From left, Jake Millenbach, 23, Kelsey Swartz, 28, and McKenna Cook, 18, try on fire gear during an Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruiting event." title="From left, Jake Millenbach, 23, Kelsey Swartz, 28, and McKenna Cook, 18, try on fire gear during an Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruiting event." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: The Canyon Courier is following three people hoping to complete the Evergreen Fire/Rescue academy to get their firefighting certification. This is the first in a series of stories about what it takes to become a firefighter.<br /> </em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Imagine Evergreen Fire/Rescue personnel as being similar to pied pipers: They try to lead as many as possible down the path to become firefighters.</p> <p> Occasionally, their song is successful when recruits begin the nearly year-long journey to obtain a firefighter certification.</p> EHS principal will become athletic director http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ehs-principal-will-become-athletic-director <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-ehsstaff01-cb-051116.jpg" alt="Brandon Brekke, left, will be the new principal and Ryan Alsup will be the athletic director at Evergreen High School." title="Brandon Brekke, left, will be the new principal and Ryan Alsup will be the athletic director at Evergreen High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Evergreen High School&rsquo;s new principal has a familiar face. And so does EHS&rsquo;s new athletic director.</p> <p> Assistant principal Brandon Brekke has been hired to take the top spot, while current principal Ryan Alsup will be the new athletic director.</p> <p> Alsup, 40, who has been principal for three years, said he&#39;s making the move to spend more time with his family, not because he&rsquo;s burned out on the job.</p> EMS students take the right steps on Day Without Hate http://www.canyoncourier.com/node/73457 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-africandance04-cb-050416_0.jpg" alt="Djeneba Sako with the group Logo Ligi performs an African dance during Day Without Hate week at Evergreen Middle School." title="Djeneba Sako with the group Logo Ligi performs an African dance during Day Without Hate week at Evergreen Middle School." align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> If dance is a universal language, then Evergreen Middle School students spoke it eloquently during an assembly last month.</p> <p> Students learned African dance movements from a Boulder-based group called Logo Ligi as the culmination of the Day Without Hate.</p> <p> &ldquo;I always say that the best way to get rid of stereotypes and prejudices is to have a relationship with people,&rdquo; said world languages teacher Kim Parfitt.</p> <p> This was the fifth time Parfitt brought the group to EMS in the last four years, and she says Logo Ligi is always well received.</p> Sculpture competition focuses kids' artistic skills http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sculpture-competition-focuses-kids-artistic-skills <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-sculptureevergreen02-cb-052516.jpg" alt="Bob Zavodsky and Evergreen Middle School art teacher Ann Simpson view a sculpture created by sixth-grader Lilla Floody during the Sculpture Evergreen student art contest." title="Bob Zavodsky and Evergreen Middle School art teacher Ann Simpson view a sculpture created by sixth-grader Lilla Floody during the Sculpture Evergreen student art contest." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Some young Evergreen students proved they have solid artistic skills Friday night at a Sculpture Evergreen art contest reception at Evergreen National Bank.</p> <p> Students at Marshdale and Wilmot elementary schools and Evergreen Middle School participated in the contest, in which students used one of Evergreen&rsquo;s many sculptures as inspiration for their own artwork.</p> <p> This is the first time Sculpture Evergreen has held a contest for elementary and middle school students, according to Jane Stewart, the contest organizer.</p> Members of Masters Swim Team pool their resources http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/members-masters-swim-team-pool-their-resources <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-masterswimteam03-cb-041316.jpg" alt="Sue Schrader swims laps during a practice for the Evergreen Masters Swim Team at Wulf Recreation Center." title="Sue Schrader swims laps during a practice for the Evergreen Masters Swim Team at Wulf Recreation Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Evergreen Masters Swim Team might be misnamed.</span></p> <p> While the team does hold swim practices twice weekly at Wulf Recreation Center, its mostly female members don&rsquo;t limit themselves to the pool.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just swimming,&rdquo; said member Kristine Stevens. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a life experience.&rdquo;</p> SHERIFF'S CALLS http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sheriffs-calls-174 <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">Saltine assault</strong></p> Parkway repaving is delayed again http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/parkway-repaving-delayed-again <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The repaving of Evergreen Parkway has again been postponed as the Colorado Department of Transportation finalizes an agreement with Denver Mountain Parks that will make possible a shoulder and bike lane.</span></p> <p> CDOT is seeking access to land on the north side of the highway near King Soopers for the bike lane. &nbsp;</p>