• Kittredge’s Canyonfest is all about fun — small-town fun.

    With the pounding rhythms of a rock band — along with food, beer and wine — for adults to enjoy, kids had fun blowing gigantic bubbles, hula-hooping, participating in sack and duck races, and more.

    Russett Goulding, a longtime organizer of Canyonfest, walked up to attendees on Saturday, asking if they were having fun. She has been known to call the festival a Mayberry-like event, referring to the “Andy Griffith Show.”

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s 21st annual Health and Safety Fair on Saturday was the perfect family outing: games, a bike rodeo and bounce houses for the kids, and demonstrations and learning opportunities for parents.

    Families rode in fire trucks and on a kids train, learned a bit about CPR and watched a helicopter land.

  • Neither elk nor bear nor flocks of geese deter the grounds crew at Evergreen Golf Course from its appointed rounds.

    The crew of nine — most of whom are retired — mow the lawns, fairways and greens in addition to other duties at the course on Upper Bear Creek Road starting at 5 a.m. nearly every day from April to October, and for them, seeing the wildlife first thing in the morning is part of the job’s allure.

  • Shopping for school clothes is a fun excursion for kids, and on Thursday, 65 area children were treated to a shopping spree at the Evergreen Walmart thanks to Evergreen Christian Outreach, the Evergreen Salvation Army Unit and the store.

  • To say longevity is an integral part of Barbara and Boyd Rembe would be an understatement.

    The couple, who now live at Elk Run Assisted Living in Evergreen, are 96 and 95, respectively, have been married 74 years and lived in Kittredge for 68 years.

  • Jodey Anderson was all about protecting the environment.

    He also was all about Evergreen — loving the community for what it had been and is now.

    He was a lover of loud music, a nature photographer and someone who enjoyed good times with friends — and he had many friends. He was known for helping others whenever he could.

    Anderson, 64, passed away on July 12, and his family hosted a celebration of life in his honor on Saturday at the Anderson family property on Upper Bear Creek Road. The family has owned the land since 1880.

  • It really is the best three seconds each year in Evergreen.

    That’s the time it takes for 5,000 plastic ducks to fall from an Evergreen Fire/Rescue truck to the area below the dam for the Dam Ducky Derby. Now in its 10th year, the derby brings several thousand people to downtown Evergreen for children’s activities, vendor booths, food, music — and most importantly, the duck drop.

    After a countdown, the ducks fell to the creek with a whoosh and began their race to Highland Haven Creekside Inn.

  • An Evergreen Eagle Scout hopes to raise money to repair a bus shelter named after an Evergreen boy who was killed in 1987 as he was making his way to a bus stop.

    Conner Richardson, 15, hopes to rally Evergreen to help repair the shelter at the corner of Little Cub Creek Road and Mountain Park Road called Sky Stop. It was named after 8-year-old Levi Sky Hunsicker, who was killed on Sept. 11, 1987, by a car on Buffalo Park Road. Sky Stop was built in 1991 by parents and neighbors to keep area children safe as they waited for the bus.

  • Evergreen was swinging with the sounds of traditional jazz last weekend during the 18th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival.

    The music was endless at five venues in town with bands both local and from across the country coming to Evergreen to entertain 2,000 audience members and to teach young people the techniques and heart of hot jazz. Festival organizers tout the high caliber of performers who participate in the festival each year.

  • For many, saving someone else can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For the Elk Creek Fire Protection District in Conifer, it’s just part of the job.

    Sometimes, the paramedics, EMTs and firefighters in the department even defy nature’s course.

    “We got called to a cardiac arrest and we did CPR, all of that,” Lt. Vincent Van Binsbergen said. “We gave him all the paramedic drugs, and we actually brought the individual back, and he was actually talking to us on the way to the hospital. 

  • It’s a typical morning for Emery Carson as he walks around the fire station, checking out things. He makes sure everything is in the right place and secure. Then the wait begins.

    “Some-times it’s very quiet,” said the veteran fire chief in his 31st year with the Indian Hills Fire Protection District and the department’s only paid employee.

    The calls — usually 250 to 300 per year — are sporadic at times and other times not so much.

  • “Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”

    — Robert H. Schuller

    The Berendes family of Evergreen knows about impossible situations — and it also knows about miracles.

    Last week, with the help of social media and strangers, Marla and John Berendes and their son Jack recovered a pendant that Jack lost somewhere on the Evergreen Golf Course.

  • Bob and Andy are no strangers to the annual dog wash in downtown Evergreen.

    They’ve come to the fundraiser for the Evergreen Animal Protective League for the past several years — and they’ve brought their owners with them, too.

    Bob is an 8-year-old great Dane, weighing 185 pounds. He sat gingerly in a kiddie pool as volunteers from TallGrass Aveda Day Spa rinsed, soaped and rinsed again. He was happy to get a blue TallGrass bandana and petting from the volunteers as his owner, Jim Higerd, watched.

  • Instead of one boss, Clear Creek EMS has three.

    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.

    “We’ve been run the same way for the last 15 years,” said Monseu, who’s in charge of finance and liaison. “Should we try some different things? The county’s changed, and the calls have changed, too.”

  • If people aren’t coming to church, Ed Shirley wants to bring church to them.

    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’s simple message to more people: “We want to let people know that God is good and loves people. If we love God, we love people,” Shirley said.

  • It takes a village for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to provide the emergency services needed in the Evergreen area.

    The 87 volunteer firefighters, 25 paid staff and the 16 recruits in training to become firefighters — plus the seven members of the Turnouts auxiliary — all make the fire department run smoothly 24/7. EFR is considered one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the state.

  • Barbie and Hank Alderfer hosted a party on Saturday to celebrate life, health and recovery — reminiscent of the parties the Alderfers have held throughout the years for family and friends.

    Attendees at the party at the Schneider barn on Blue Creek Road talked about the family’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’s disease.

    Both were happy to be able to host the potluck gathering.

  • The July 4 Evergreen Music Festival had something for everyone — and it was just plain fun.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    The group were members of Jeffco’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.

  • First in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that’s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.

    “As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity … I’m really proud to call him one of my mentors,” Shirlaw said.