Today's Features

  • Listen to music. Fish in the stream. Roll in a giant Zorb ball. Pan for gold. Climb a rock wall. Play with the snow. What can’t one do in or around Clear Creek?

  • Volunteers are coming to Empire from across the county and the country to build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

    Last week people worked tirelessly to build a new home for a family of three. The house is one of eight planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

    County resident and Australian native Bill Walker was perched at the top of a ladder finishing up a project as other volunteers headed for lunch.

  • Small but mighty is the best way to describe the Clear Creek High School homecoming parade on Friday.

    With about 30 entries featuring floats, homecoming royalty and sports teams, the parade took seven minutes to move down Miner Street in Idaho Springs to the Golddiggers football field. Students threw silly string, confetti, candy and mini-flying discs into the crowd lining the road. The parade was followed by a pep rally at the field.

  • Residents and visitors may spot “chain gangs” working to clean up and repair trails throughout Clear Creek County.

    On Sunday, a handful of the county jail’s occupants gathered under the close supervision of deputies to work on the Silver Creek Trail, which goes from Saxon Mountain in Georgetown to Dumont and runs parallel to Interstate 70.

  • The house Jillian Kirschke is building will have a porch, living room, generous kitchen, bathroom and gradual staircase leading to a bedroom on the second floor — all in 220 square feet and on the back of a trailer she can tow across the country.

    With virtually no experience but the talent to tackle a steep learning curve, the 32-year-old Georgetown native decided to build a tiny house in the yard of her childhood home on Rose Street.

  • Georgetown of a long-ago era came to life on Saturday when tourists and locals alike toured 16 homes, churches and museums as part of a Victorian home tour.

    While the tour is a biannual event, it helps commemorate the area’s golden jubilee, when Silver Plume and Georgetown became a National Historical Landmark District. There are more than 200 historical sites in the area, according to Sherrie Lichtenwalner, the event manager with Historic Georgetown Inc.

  • It's about 9 a.m. on a Thursday on the east side of Idaho Springs when a small group of local kids on golden bicycles rides by Starbucks.

    Another young boy rides his bike down the sidewalk of the Historic District, and several more lean their golden bikes against the side of the rec center.

    This is exactly what Santiago Garcia III wants to see.

  • Many cowboys and cowgirls inspired the crowd to roar with approval last Friday at the Oh My Gawd Rodeo, but none quite a loudly as 6-year-old Nikolai Jagoda.

    With two fists full of wool, Nikolai dangled on the back of a sheep as it tore across the length of the stadium while the audience cheered.

    Winning the mutton-bustin’ event with a staggering 90 points, the Carlson Elementary student’s performance had the announcer in awe, saying he hadn’t seen anything like it all year.

  • Working as methodically as possible, 11-year-old Tavien Woods cut the first strip off a 60-foot American flag.

    Friends followed his lead, and they reduced the giant flag to pieces that could be put into a fire and burned in the hot summer air.

  • When he dons his professional countenance, Huston the dog looks a little like the character Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.”

    Relaxed, eyes drooping, head slightly bowed and with an elaborate red cape complete with an exaggerated collar, the Rocky Mountain Village Easter Seals Camp therapy dog is ready for work.