https://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Conifer Community Church’s annual Split & Steak will keep families warm this winter https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/conifer-community-church%E2%80%99s-annual-split-steak-will-keep-families-warm-winter <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-splitsteak07-sh-091918.jpg" alt="Volunteers gather for the Split &amp; Steak event at Conifer Community Church." title="Volunteers gather for the Split &amp; Steak event at Conifer Community Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Conifer Community Church was a hubbub of activity Saturday as 200 volunteers gathered for the annual Split &amp; Steak, five hours of tough work to split wood and prepare it to be donated to families in need.</p> <p> The air was filled with the sounds of chainsaws and wood splitters, while grill masters were busy cooking steaks for lunch after the work was done for the day.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are the hands and feet of God,&rdquo; Kevin Nervick, an organizer of the ninth annual event, said.</p> Artists visit Jeffco Parks to create auctioned-off work https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/artists-visit-jeffco-parks-create-auctioned-work <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-pleinair02-sh-091918.jpg" alt="Betsy Johnson Welty sits along a trail at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park with her easel and paints during a plein air event sponsored by PLAN Jeffco." title="Betsy Johnson Welty sits along a trail at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park with her easel and paints during a plein air event sponsored by PLAN Jeffco." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Sept. 12 was a gorgeous day to be outdoors &mdash; and painting.</p> <p> PLAN Jeffco conducted its In Plein Sight plein-air event at Jeffco parks last week &mdash; and 25 area artists gathered with their easels, brushes and palette knives to recreate nature&rsquo;s beauty.</p> <p> The event is a fundraiser for PLAN Jeffco, a nonprofit that advocates for land conservation in the county. Last week, the artists &mdash; both local and from out-of-state &mdash; visited five Jeffco Parks, most near Evergreen, to create works that were auctioned to benefit the nonprofit.</p> ‘Funny Girl’ opens at Center Stage https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/%E2%80%98funny-girl%E2%80%99-opens-center-stage <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-sota-091918.jpg" alt="The cast from “Funny Girl” acts out a scene from the musical. It is being performed by Ovation West Musical Theatre through Oct. 17." title="The cast from “Funny Girl” acts out a scene from the musical. It is being performed by Ovation West Musical Theatre through Oct. 17." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Whether it&rsquo;s the song &ldquo;People Who Need People&rdquo; or &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Rain on My Parade,&rdquo; the music of &ldquo;Funny Girl&rdquo; is so iconic &mdash; and it easily gets stuck in your head.</p> <p> Ovation West Musical Theatre is presenting the show through Oct. 7 at Center Stage, with Colleen Lee portraying Fanny Brice. The story is based on the life of Ziegfeld comedian Fanny Brice, her start in vaudeville and burlesque, her romance with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein, and her success on stage and in film.</p> <p> Lee called Brice fascinating.</p> 3 named to Women in Business Hall of Fame https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/3-named-women-business-hall-fame <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-businesshof-091918.jpg" alt="From left, Gail Riley from Highland Haven Creekside Inn, Peggy Eggers with Center for the Arts Evergreen and Kristin Witt of Evergreen Newspapers were inducted into the Women in Business Hall of Fame on Friday." title="From left, Gail Riley from Highland Haven Creekside Inn, Peggy Eggers with Center for the Arts Evergreen and Kristin Witt of Evergreen Newspapers were inducted into the Women in Business Hall of Fame on Friday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Three women business leaders in Evergreen were inducted into the inaugural Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame on Friday.</p> <p> They are: Peggy Eggers, president of the Center for the Arts Evergreen board of directors; Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn; and Kristin Witt, publisher of Evergreen Newspapers.</p> <p> The three were inducted during the annual Women in Business luncheon and chosen from 10 nominees who are high-powered businesswomen in the Evergreen/Conifer area.</p> Games, music, food — Canyonfest has everything for families https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/games-music-food-%E2%80%94-canyonfest-has-everything-families <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-canyonfest02-sh-091918.jpg" alt="Landon Pilcher, 13, raises his hands as his sister Kinley, 7, winds up to throw a ball at him during Canyonfest in Kittredge." title="Landon Pilcher, 13, raises his hands as his sister Kinley, 7, winds up to throw a ball at him during Canyonfest in Kittredge." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Shatek family &mdash; who moved to Kittredge six weeks ago &mdash; quickly learned on Saturday what the town is all about.</p> <p> They attended the 30th annual Canyonfest in Kittredge Community Park, and immensely enjoyed the games for kids and the live music for adults. Mom Andrea Shatek brought Sammy, 5, to the face painting tent.</p> <p> &ldquo;We normally play at this park,&rdquo; Andrea said. &ldquo;This is really cute. It&rsquo;s a nice thing to donate to and enjoy.&rdquo;</p> Prestige on display: Watermedia exhibition takes over Center for the Arts Evergreen https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/prestige-display-watermedia-exhibition-takes-over-center-arts-evergreen <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-rckymtnwatermedium05-sh-091218.jpg" alt="Joyce Quaytman, left, attended to support her friend Marilyn Walsh, whose submission was accepted in the exhibit." title="Joyce Quaytman, left, attended to support her friend Marilyn Walsh, whose submission was accepted in the exhibit." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Everything from realistic to the abstract is on display at the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition at Center for the Arts Evergreen.</p> <p> This is the second year the nationally prestigious show has been at CAE. It was the opening show after CAE moved to its new home in Bergen Park a year ago. The gallery now has enough space to house such a large show &mdash; this year with 70 pieces on display.</p> <p> In past years, Foothills Arts Center was its host.</p> Evergreen feels that 2013 flood had its ‘silver linings’ https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-feels-2013-flood-had-its-%E2%80%98silver-linings%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-cactusjacks01-sh-091218.jpg" alt="Gary, left, and Megan Mitchell own Catcus Jack’s. For them, the 2013 flood was a baptism and a blessing. Though they wondered whether the business would recover, it is now booming. Business has been even better five years later." title="Gary, left, and Megan Mitchell own Catcus Jack’s. For them, the 2013 flood was a baptism and a blessing. Though they wondered whether the business would recover, it is now booming. Business has been even better five years later." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s been five years since Bear Creek rose to flood levels &mdash; thanks to nearly 7 inches of rain &mdash; and on Friday the 13th of September 2013, Evergreen residents awoke to rushing water that forced road closures, and damaged businesses and homes along its path.</p> <p> Five years later, businesses and homes have rebuilt, and business owners say they learned both how resilient they are and how Evergreen continually joins together to help when a crisis hits. And they&rsquo;re thankful no one was injured.</p> Platte Canyon football hangs on for tough victory https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/platte-canyon-football-hangs-tough-victory <img src="https://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-fbplattecanyonvswiggins01-sh-091218.jpg" alt="Platte Canyon’s Cesare de Mello Portela, (22), scrambles to get the ball from Wiggins’ Bryce Ford during the Huskies’ home opener on Saturday afternoon. Platte Canyon won 12-0." title="Platte Canyon’s Cesare de Mello Portela, (22), scrambles to get the ball from Wiggins’ Bryce Ford during the Huskies’ home opener on Saturday afternoon. Platte Canyon won 12-0." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> By Levi Waddell</p> <p> BAILEY &mdash; After a tough opening-week loss to Buena Vista the week before, the Platte Canyon Huskies bounced back in a big way this past Saturday.&nbsp;</p> <p> In a back-and-forth contest that saw both teams fighting for every yard, the Huskies came away with the 12-0 victory over the Wiggins Tigers.&nbsp;Although the Huskies defense pitched a shutout, it looked as if it was going to be in a hole early on.</p>