http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en At Evergreen Lake, a love affair with the planet http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-lake-love-affair-planet <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-earthday01-mg-042716.jpg" alt="Shawn Dempsey, a handler for the nonprofit organization HawkQuest, lifts up Cheyenne, a bald eagle, so she can spread her wings at the Mountain Area Earth Day Fair on Saturday the the Evergreen Lake House." title="Shawn Dempsey, a handler for the nonprofit organization HawkQuest, lifts up Cheyenne, a bald eagle, so she can spread her wings at the Mountain Area Earth Day Fair on Saturday the the Evergreen Lake House." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A large banner with a photo of the planet Earth hung over the entrance to the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, waving in the wind above those who came to the 27th annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;The people in Evergreen absolutely love nature, and they&rsquo;re dedicated to making sure we always have nature. That&rsquo;s been kind of exciting to see,&rdquo; said Colleen Kulesza, the new director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which opened for the season on Saturday. &nbsp;</p> Park district candidates field question at forum http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/park-district-candidates-field-question-forum <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Three candidates for two seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District fielded questions Saturday morning at a meeting of the Mountain Area Democrats.</span></p> <p> Monty Estis, Doug Lempke and Bill May are on the ballot in the May 3 election.</p> <p> The three are vying for seats that were vacated by Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski. Doyle is stepping down after serving two consecutive terms, and Adamowski is not running again at the conclusion of his four-year term.</p> King-Murphy parents outraged when board doesn't renew teacher's contract http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/king-murphy-parents-outraged-when-board-doesnt-renew-teachers-contract <p> <span>King-Murphy Elementary parents threatened to pull their children from the school after the Clear Creek school board voted 4-1 Tuesday night not to renew the contract of beloved sixth-grade teacher Beth Cavanaugh for the 2016-17 school year.</span></p> <p> About 40 parents and teachers spent more than 60 minutes pleading with the board to keep Cavanaugh at the school. More than 20 people spoke, including three students, all emphasizing that Cavanaugh is a great teacher who sparks excitement for learning.</p> Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/proposed-development-rooney-valley-opposed <p> Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.</p> <p> More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.</p> Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/board-mulls-grade-shuffling-elementary-school-mergers <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday&rsquo;s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district&rsquo;s aging schools.</span></p> <p> In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district &mdash; all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.</p> Parent wants to switch start times of middle, high school http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/parent-wants-switch-start-times-middle-high-school <p> Principals at Evergreen High School and Middle School say a parent&rsquo;s suggestion to switch the schools&rsquo; start times so EHS starts later likely will not happen by August.</p> <p> They say there are too many groups to get on the same page before any changes could be made, including bus schedules and after-school activities. In addition, there is not enough time to make sure that parents would agree to such a switch.</p> What’s the beef? http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/what%E2%80%99s-beef <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-sign-sb-092414.jpg" alt="Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek stands beside the sign at the Indian Hills Community Center. One of his weekly inscriptions caused a stir recently." title="Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek stands beside the sign at the Indian Hills Community Center. One of his weekly inscriptions caused a stir recently." align="left" hspace="6" width="81" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A fun project of Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek is posting clever messages on the sign at the community center on Parmalee Gulch Road, some of which have caused quite a stir.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> A recent posting by Rozmiarek, &ldquo;Turning vegan would be a big missed steak,&rdquo; prompted two protesting vegans to rearrange the letters to read, &ldquo;Turning vegan is awesome.&rdquo;</p> These eggs are all they’re cracked up to be http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/these-eggs-are-all-they%E2%80%99re-cracked-be <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-artoftheegg02-cb-042716.jpg" alt="“Kingsbury” by Mia Wehrlen took first place in the professional category in the Art of the Egg judging." title="“Kingsbury” by Mia Wehrlen took first place in the professional category in the Art of the Egg judging." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Among the oil paintings and equine photography at Main Street Fine Art and Shadow Mountain Gallery last Thursday were rows of boldly decorated duck-size ceramic eggs and their many egghead admirers.</span></p>