http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Sweet, sassy sounds of jazz spice up Evergreen http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/sweet-sassy-sounds-jazz-spice-evergreen <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-jazzfest02-gc-073014.jpg" alt="Nancy Ellinghaus dances with Ken Regelson at the Elks Lodge during the Evergreen Jazz Festival. " title="Nancy Ellinghaus dances with Ken Regelson at the Elks Lodge during the Evergreen Jazz Festival. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Skirts swirled and fingers twirled as dancers moved to smoothly styled tunes played by the Blue Suitcase Trio at the Evergreen Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon.&nbsp;</p> <p> The New York-based musicians were among many talented groups that performed during the annual three-day festival in Evergreen.</p> <p> While the trio was playing in the ballroom of the Evergreen Elks Lodge, Big Mama Sue belted out songs that were popular in the early 1900s at the club&rsquo;s patio venue.</p> Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/crime-spree-ends-i-70-arrest <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/webpic.jpg" alt="Two Jefferson County sheriff&#039;s deputies confer after a carjacking suspect was captured in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the Genesee exit on July 23." title="Two Jefferson County sheriff&#039;s deputies confer after a carjacking suspect was captured in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the Genesee exit on July 23." align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff&#39;s deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.</p> <p> All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff&#39;s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Jeffco deputy, first on the scene, tackled carjacking suspect http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/jeffco-deputy-first-scene-tackled-carjacking-suspect <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-i-70sheriff02-gc-073014.jpg" alt="Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect in last Wednesday’s crime spree." title="Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect in last Wednesday’s crime spree." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> When Jeffco sheriff&rsquo;s Deputy Fred Haggett came face to face with an armed criminal, only one thing went through the deputy&rsquo;s mind.</p> <p> &ldquo;He was trying to get into and hijack another vehicle; I couldn&rsquo;t let that happen,&rdquo; Haggett said.</p> <p> Haggett tackled Christopher David Sullivan on Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on July 23 after a burglary and carjacking spree.</p> Denver supports park district's plan for liquor license at Lake House http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/denver-supports-park-districts-plan-liquor-license-lake-house <p> The city of Denver is supportive of a request by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to acquire a liquor license for the Lake House, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson.</p> <p> However, in order for the park district to pursue a liquor license, a master agreement between the EPRD and Denver would need to be in place, Robson said.</p> <p> &ldquo;Do we have any sense that this could be a bargaining chip?&rdquo; asked EPRD board member Janet Doyle at the July 22 board meeting.</p> Independent commission candidate seeks changes http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/independent-commission-candidate-seeks-changes <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-gregstandley02-gc-072314.jpg" alt="Greg Standley is running as an independent for the Jeffco Board of Commissioners." title="Greg Standley is running as an independent for the Jeffco Board of Commissioners." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Independent county commission candidate Greg Standley wants to see some changes &mdash;&nbsp;more-accessible commissioners, more-understandable planning rules, and more options for discarding slash.</p> <p> The Morrison resident said he was motivated to run for commissioner after negative experiences with Jeffco Planning and Zoning while trying to make improvements to his property.</p> <p> &ldquo;Zoning resolutions need to be rewritten so they can be understood,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p> Trail link to downtown gets go-ahead http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/trail-link-downtown-gets-go-ahead <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-boardwalk02-gc-073014.jpg" alt="Justin Penn holds his son Sam, 3, up to the telescope while on the new boardwalk at Evergreen Lake. " title="Justin Penn holds his son Sam, 3, up to the telescope while on the new boardwalk at Evergreen Lake. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has successfully negotiated an agreement with Denver that will allow the long-delayed trail connection project at Evergreen Lake to begin this fall.</p> <p> Even though Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has yet to sign the new agreement, the city is permitting the park district to move forward with construction of the 200-foot trail along Highway 74, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson.</p> <p> &ldquo;From our standpoint, it&rsquo;s a complex issue,&rdquo; Robson said of the project.</p> Evergreen native stricken with Ebola while serving as missionary in Liberia http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-native-stricken-ebola-while-serving-missionary-liberia-0 <p> Evergreen native Nancy Writebol is in serious condition after contracting the virus Ebola while working as a missionary in Liberia.</p> <p align="JUSTIFY"> Writebol and her husband, David Writebol, were working with Samaritan&rsquo;s Purse, a Christian service organization, in Monrovia when she became ill.</p> <p align="JUSTIFY"> Writebol had been working as a hygienist, spraying protective suits of health care workers treating Ebola patients, according to a statement from Samaritan&rsquo;s Purse spokesperson Melissa Strickland.</p> Ducks flocking to Evergreen for big race http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ducks-flocking-evergreen-big-race <p> The ducks are lining up for another dramatic plunge over the dam at Evergreen Lake and the race to the finish line on Saturday.</p> <p> The excitement is growing along with the number of bright yellow and black rubber duckies participating in the fifth annual Dam Ducky Derby sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.</p> <p> Nearly half of the 8,000 rubber ducks available for bid have been spoken for, said Trish Wales, EDBA president. And most of the tickets for the 300 black ducks that offer the winner a trip to Mexico are sold.</p>