Features https://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Tri-captains innovating ‘small but mighty’ Clear Creek EMS https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/tri-captains-innovating-%E2%80%98small-mighty%E2%80%99-clear-creek-ems <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-ccems03-sh-071719.jpg" alt="Clear Creek EMS Capts. Ed Smith and Bryon Monseu work at the EMS station in Dumont. They lead the department along with Capt. Dustin Proffitt." title="Clear Creek EMS Capts. Ed Smith and Bryon Monseu work at the EMS station in Dumont. They lead the department along with Capt. Dustin Proffitt." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Instead of one boss, Clear Creek EMS has three.</p> <p> After their chief paramedic left earlier this year, Capts. Bryon Monseu, Dustin Proffitt and Ed Smith took over leadership of Clear Creek EMS. But, instead of seeing it only as an additional responsibility, the three are using it as a time for innovation.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been run the same way for the last 15 years,&rdquo; said Monseu, who&rsquo;s in charge of finance and liaison. &ldquo;Should we try some different things? The county&rsquo;s changed, and the calls have changed, too.&rdquo;</p> Live music and activities draw community to annual Evergreen Music Festival https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/live-music-and-activities-draw-community-annual-evergreen-music-festival <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-evergreenmusicfestival02-sh-071019.jpg" alt="The Wrecklunds play at the Evergreen Music Festival on the Fourth of July." title="The Wrecklunds play at the Evergreen Music Festival on the Fourth of July." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The July 4 Evergreen Music Festival had something for everyone &mdash;&nbsp;and it was just plain fun.</p> <p> Live music from bluegrass to folk to pop filled the air at the Buchanan Fields for seven hours, while attendees sat under tents or in the brilliant sun, soaking in the ambience and the music.</p> <p> A family-friendly event, the festival also had plenty of activities for kids, including bounce houses, face painting and a fire truck brought by Evergreen Fire/Rescue.</p> Evergreen Fire/Rescue prepared to serve the community https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-firerescue-prepared-serve-community <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-evergreenfire01-sh-071019.jpg" alt="Members of Evergreen Fire/Rescue gather for training at the fire department." title="Members of Evergreen Fire/Rescue gather for training at the fire department." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It takes a village for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to provide the emergency services needed in the Evergreen area.</p> <p> The 87 volunteer firefighters, 25 paid staff and the 16 recruits in training to become firefighters &mdash; plus the seven members of the Turnouts auxiliary &mdash; all make the fire department run smoothly 24/7. EFR is considered one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the state.</p> Building character: JCOS works with teens through Trails Stewardship Team https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/building-character-jcos-works-teens-through-trails-stewardship-team <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-trailsstewardship01-sh-070319.jpg" alt="Members of the Trails Stewardship Team listen to Natural Resource Specialist Matt McLemore during the program." title="Members of the Trails Stewardship Team listen to Natural Resource Specialist Matt McLemore during the program." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The green hard hats and tan T-shirts moved in perfect rhythm as teenagers, aged 14 through 18, were swinging tools up and down on the hillside at Flying J Ranch.</p> <p> The group were members of Jeffco&rsquo;s Trails Stewardship Team. And on June 19, in the second week of their employment, half the team worked to reclaim an unused trail in the Conifer park, while the other half helped create slash piles as part of the ongoing forestry project there.</p> Pine taxidermist has perfected the art of preserving animals https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/pine-taxidermist-has-perfected-art-preserving-animals <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-deanhendrickson01-sh-070319.jpg" alt="Dean Hendrickson, a Pine resident, holds a mountain lion mold that he created. " title="Dean Hendrickson, a Pine resident, holds a mountain lion mold that he created. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The massive face of a grizzly bear greets those who enter Dean Hendrickson&rsquo;s workshop.</p> <p> In the shop outside his home in Pine, you can find mountain lions, wolves, deer, badgers and more. But for Hendrickson, the journey to his current role as a taxidermist begins with an antelope.</p> <p> &ldquo;When I was a little kid, my dad had an antelope in the house, and I always thought that was so cool,&rdquo; Hendrickson said. &ldquo;(It was) just something I always wanted to learn how to do. It&rsquo;s just grown and expanded over the years.&rdquo;</p> Longtime members are Inter-Canyon Fire’s backbone https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/longtime-members-are-inter-canyon-fire%E2%80%99s-backbone <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-inter-canyon04-sh-070319.jpg" alt="Ryan LeBaron, left, and Drew Deevy put their gear on before a fire mitigation training exercise at the Inter-Canyon Fire Station on Thursday. " title="Ryan LeBaron, left, and Drew Deevy put their gear on before a fire mitigation training exercise at the Inter-Canyon Fire Station on Thursday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>First in a five-part series on first responders in the area.<br /> </em></p> <p> Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that&rsquo;s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.</p> <p> &ldquo;As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity &hellip; I&rsquo;m really proud to call him one of my mentors,&rdquo; Shirlaw said.</p> Unconventional worship: Church meets monthly in the Little Bear https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/unconventional-worship-church-meets-monthly-little-bear <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-barchurch05-sh-071719.jpg" alt="Ed Shirley, pastor at Mountain High Chapel, stands on stage at the Little Bear Saloon giving a sermon during Legendary Bar Church." title="Ed Shirley, pastor at Mountain High Chapel, stands on stage at the Little Bear Saloon giving a sermon during Legendary Bar Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> If people aren&rsquo;t coming to church, Ed Shirley wants to bring church to them.</p> <p> Shirley, pastor at Mountain High Chapel on U.S. 285 in Morrison, hosts Legendary Bar Church at the Little Bear Saloon in downtown Evergreen once a month to bring the church&rsquo;s simple message to more people: &ldquo;We want to let people know that God is good and loves people. If we love God, we love people,&rdquo; Shirley said.</p> Alderfers celebrate life with friends, family https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/alderfers-celebrate-life-friends-family <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-alderferparty06-sh-071019.jpg" alt="Barbie and Hank Alderfer greet friends during a party the couple hosted on Saturday." title="Barbie and Hank Alderfer greet friends during a party the couple hosted on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Barbie and Hank Alderfer hosted a party on Saturday to celebrate life, health and recovery &mdash; reminiscent of the parties the Alderfers have held throughout the years for family and friends.</p> <p> Attendees at the party at the Schneider barn on Blue Creek Road talked about the family&rsquo;s strength and fortitude as it has faced recent medical challenges. Barbie is cancer free after fighting breast cancer last year. Hank continues to thrive despite his Parkinson&rsquo;s disease.</p> <p> Both were happy to be able to host the potluck gathering.</p>