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Today's Features

  • The 154-year-old Civil War memorial cannon was placed on its new carriage and wheels Monday at its home in front of the Idaho Springs Library.

    Over time, the wooden wheels and carriage for the 1,200-pound cannon had deteriorated so they could no longer stand on their own. For the past year, the artillery piece was fenced off from the public.

    The city paid $2,000 to replace the wheels, and $12,000 was raised by private donors to replace the carriage, of which $10,000 came from Idaho Springs residents.

  • From marijuana to Interstate 70 to shooting on public lands, there was no shortage of news in Clear Creek County in 2014. Here’s a recap of some of those stories.

    Marijuana

    The number of retail marijuana sales outlets grew by at least two and a wholesale growing operation was approved in 2014 in Clear Creek County.

  • With giant bags stuffed with gifts slung over their shoulders, parents left the Santa Shop looking a whole lot like Santa himself.

    The Clear Creek County Holiday Project put on the event Friday and Saturday, providing gifts to parents who couldn’t afford to buy them for their children.

    The Holiday Project, under the umbrella of the Clear Creek County Community Resource Center, provides donated toys, clothing and gift certificates to county residents facing difficult times.

  • When 2nd Congressional District Congressman Jared Polis visits Idaho Springs during the holiday season, he wants to shop.

    Polis was in town Dec. 16 not only to buy gifts for his mother and sister, but to meet with local business owners to discuss economic struggles they're experiencing related to the Highway 103 bridge being removed for Interstate 70 construction.

  • In an era of light-up Rudolph neckties, seven-dollar triple-shot peppermint lattes and Black Friday, it’s easy to forget there once was a better way to celebrate Christmas.

  • Casey Day is determined to raise ski making to an art — at every step of the process.

    From concept and design to engineering, prototype development and graphics, the Silver Plume resident does it all. The 34-year-old got into the ski-making business 11 years ago and this year started selling his own brand, Powder Factory, out of his house, where he meticulously handcrafts each ski.

  • Tiffany Morrell, a Georgetown resident and an Iraq veteran, plans to use her military experience as a Clear Creek County paramedic in the future.

  • Trucker the pit bull is back with his owner, Graham Holiman, in Arkansas, thanks to a microchip scan done at Charlie’s Place — the Clear Creek County animal shelter.

     The moral of the story? Have a microchip implanted in your pet and make sure you keep the information up to date if you move, Charlie’s Place director Sue LeBarron told Clear Creek’s county commissioners at a recent meeting. Charlie’s Place in Dumont does the microchip procedure for $15, she said.

  • A mustachioed, malevolent and even slightly maleficent villain will enter stage right during the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society’s melodrama on Saturday evening.

  • The fourth Clear Creek County Community Emergency Response Team class graduated on Saturday, adding another group of residents prepared to act in an emergency.
    The Community Emergency Response Team is a national effort to educate people in basic disaster response, such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
    The local branch of the program has graduated four classes in six years.