http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Evergreen loves a Rodeo Parade http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-loves-rodeo-parade-0 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-evergreenparade12-cb-062216_0.jpg" alt="Elena Kopp, 15, waves to the crowd while leading Smokey the pony in the 50th Evergreen Rodeo Parade." title="Elena Kopp, 15, waves to the crowd while leading Smokey the pony in the 50th Evergreen Rodeo Parade." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;See you at the rodeo!&rdquo; said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.</p> School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/school-district-pursue-bond-issue-535-million <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills.&nbsp;</span></p> Results on MAP tests a mixed bag for Jeffco http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/results-map-tests-mixed-bag-jeffco <p> Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.</p> <p> According to the school district&rsquo;s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.</p> Evergreen Fire board discusses district’s financial challenges http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-fire-board-discusses-district%E2%80%99s-financial-challenges <p> The Evergreen Fire Protection District board discussed the district&rsquo;s financial situation June 16, including the plan to seek a property-tax increase and bond issue on the November ballot.</p> <p> At the meeting, the fire district formally introduced Webb Strategic Communications &mdash; the public relations firm it will work with to inform residents about the need for more revenue. Pete Webb, president of the firm, will lead the campaign, which kicks off with a town hall meeting Thursday.</p> District weighs options after marijuana bill becomes law http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/district-weighs-options-after-marijuana-bill-becomes-law <p> Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state&rsquo;s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.</p> <p> &ldquo;Jack&rsquo;s Law&rdquo; law requires school districts to &ldquo;adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized&rdquo; to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.</p> Cowboy Sunday Service ropes in fun, serious topics http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/cowboy-sunday-service-ropes-fun-serious-topics <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-cowboychurch01-cb-062216.jpg" alt="John Wirt plays the guitar during the Cowboy Sunday Service at Evergreen United Methodist Church." title="John Wirt plays the guitar during the Cowboy Sunday Service at Evergreen United Methodist Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Not often do church services begin with an acoustic version of &ldquo;Home on the Range,&rdquo; but that was how United Methodist Church of Evergreen began its fourth annual Cowboy Sunday Service on Sunday.</p> <p> The event, which congregants say incorporates &ldquo;Evergreen&rsquo;s history and traditions,&rdquo; is a unique service that includes Western- or cowboy-themed poetry, music and activities.</p> Yellow Barn sold to local real estate broker http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/yellow-barn-sold-local-real-estate-broker <p> After almost a year on the market, Conifer&rsquo;s historic Yellow Barn has a new owner: Craig Marks.</p> <p> Marks, a longtime real estate broker in Conifer, closed on the purchase May 1 for an undisclosed amount, including credits to be used toward bringing the barn up to code. The sale includes 2.5 acres of land, the 4,900-square-foot barn and other buildings on the property.</p> Mutton bustin’, other activities keep Western heritage alive at Family Fun Night http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mutton-bustin%E2%80%99-other-activities-keep-western-heritage-alive-family-fun-night <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-familynightrodeo03-cb-062216_0.jpg" alt="Carter Allen, 6, of Denver practices roping during the Family Fun Night at the 50th Evergreen Rodeo." title="Carter Allen, 6, of Denver practices roping during the Family Fun Night at the 50th Evergreen Rodeo." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Seth Bodine, f</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;"><em>or the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> When 5-year-old Cooper Alapai of Conifer climbed onto a sheep for the second round of the mutton bustin&rsquo; event at the Evergreen Rodeo on Friday night, the announcer introduced him as a &ldquo;real cowboy.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>