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Today's Features

  • Homeowner Lucy Schubert opened her front door Sunday morning to Clear Creek County Deputy Jon Walker, who told her to evacuate her home because of a fast-moving wildfire nearby.

    Luckily, the “evacuation” in the Brook Hollow neighborhood was part of an all-day wildland fire training exercise and not the real thing. The Evergreen Fire Protection District and the Clear Creek Fire Authority co-hosted the exercise for about 100 firefighters in an area just south of Interstate 70 near Floyd Hill.

  • The Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs on Interstate 70 have officially been renamed the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.

    The Colorado House of Representatives unanimously approved the name change on March 21, after the Senate had given unanimous approval several weeks ago.

  • French and woodworking at Clear Creek High School have much more in common than some might think.

    Beginning French students have been spending time in the woodworking shop making musical instruments that are part of French or African cultures. They’ve also been learning French vocabulary so they can talk to other students about their projects, the tools being used, and the process of making the instruments.

    The exercise was developed by teacher Skyler Artes to make French more relevant to students.

  • Cindy Catanese counted the beats, and like clockwork, an actress spun from the arms of one boy, leapt gracefully into the arms of another, and returned to the ground with a flourish into the arms of yet another.

    Catanese, director of choreography for the Clear Creek High School spring musical, has returned to familiar territory, having taught drama at the school from 1980 to 1996.

    “The Boy Friend” will be performed April 10, 11 and 12.

  •  “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

    — Vince Lombardi, coach

    One, two, three: The arrows propelled by the bow hit the target accurately and in quick succession.

    It was too early to tell if there were any would-be Robin Hoods or Katniss Everdeens, but plenty of skill and enthusiasm were in evidence at the 4-H archery club event Monday night.

  •  “Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

    — Dr. Seuss

    Inspired by the strange genius of Dr. Seuss, Georgetown Community School first-graders held in their eager hands long, ropey strands of multicolored slime.

    It plopped, fell and squeezed between small fists Monday as part of the school’s take on the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which honors the birthday of Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel.

  • By Larrice Sell

    For the Courant

    Fat Tuesday came a little early to Dumont this year with the celebration of Mardi Gras at the Dumont School last Saturday night. 

    The 50 or so attendees left behind the cold and snow of Colorado to enter Bourbon Street in New Orleans, courtesy of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society. 

  • Silence descended on the Clear Creek Rock House youth center as eighth-grader Josh Reagon took the stage, yo-yo in hand.

    He whipped the toy around in a dazzling variety of spins and flips, doing the “Eiffel Tower” and other mind-boggling tricks, which elicited appreciation from the talent show’s audience.

    While only a handful of performers competed, they demonstrated big talent and innovation during the youth center’s 10-year-old show.

  • The Idaho Springs Library was the venue for a pint-sized zombie invasion on Feb. 14.

  • “The only thing that is constant … is change”!

    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

    Change doesn’t have to mean something new, especially to the two new businesses in Empire that both specialize in preserving the old.