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  • King-Murphy Scouts perform at Holiday Walk

    Almost 30 Girl Scouts from King-Murphy Elementary School sang Christmas carols during Evergreen’s Holiday Walk on Friday evening.

    Girl Scout Troop 2049 took the main stage about 6:30 p.m. as snow was falling and as dozens of family members, friends and passers-by watched and waited.

    The young performers shined as they sang the classics: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (all the lyrics), “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Feliz Navidad.”

  • The human condition in Clear Creek County

    I’m trying to find and tap into my inner Garrison Keillor. It’s challenging, to say the least, maybe because I’m tilting not at windmills but, instead, at wind turbines. Don Quixote would find it tough in this day of green energy.

    Keillor has a magical, unmatchable twist of the pen or, more likely, peck on the keyboard. That little commonality might be something we share: composing not the old-school way but via Microsoft Word.

  • Santa Shop sends out call for assistance

    Santa could use a little help this year from Clear Creek County residents.

    Donations are down for the annual nonprofit Santa Shop, a gift-giving event on Dec. 16 and 17 for children in need.

    The organization sets up giving trees around the county, and each is decorated with “mittens” requesting an article of clothing or other gift for a boy or girl of a certain age. Donated items are dropped off in boxes near the trees, and the gifts are collected and taken to the Santa Shop at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge, where parents pick them up.

  • Verizon wins approval for cell-phone antenna in Idaho Springs

    Cell-phone users may soon experience improved service when traveling near Idaho Springs.

    The city council on Nov. 28 approved a request to allow Verizon Wireless to install a 35-foot repeater antenna on city property near the wastewater treatment plant.

    The company will lease the 44-square-foot property from the city for $750 a month.

    Idaho Springs community planner Alan Tiefenbach said Verizon Wireless determined the capacity along Interstate 70 and in Idaho Springs was inadequate.

  • City launches program to promote nighttime safety for bike riders

    The Idaho Springs Police Department kicked off an educational effort last week to promote nighttime bicycle safety, and city officials plan to discuss requiring helmets for children.

    The department hopes to educate residents this month by making contact with bicyclists who have inadequate safety devices before taking any official action in January, but Police Chief Chris Malanka said even then, police don’t plan to levy fines.

  • A home at last

    With the boundless energy of a 6-year-old, Steven Hanners zoomed through the house, racing around the legs of the adults, occasionally giving out hugs and thoroughly exploring his new home.

    His excitement was shared by his grandparents, Cheri Brown and John Caldwell, who stood in the living room of their Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity house in Empire during a dedication ceremony Dec. 1.

    The three-bedroom house at 64 S. Avery St. is the first of eight Habitat houses planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

  • Bench fills deep-seated need for friendship

    Children feeling left out or lonely on the playground soon will find a helping hand in Carlson Elementary School’s new buddy bench.

    Last Thursday near the Idaho Springs football field, social worker Lauren Courtney helped paint the wooden bench the school’s vibrant yellow and blue colors.

    The bench will be presented to the students later this month and find its permanent home on the playground. Not just anyone can sit on the bench; you have to be looking for a friend.

  • Council approves rezoning for Argo Mine redevelopment

    The Idaho Springs city council approved the rezoning of 20 acres at the Argo Gold Mine and Mill to allow for a hotel, restaurant and multi-family housing.

    The council unanimously approved the decision on Nov. 28 to change the zoning to commercial-1; the property previously had been zoned planned-unit development, natural resource preservation conservation and mining-1.

    The city’s planning commission had recommended the rezoning on Nov. 3.

  • Local ski pro back on slopes after knee replacement

    Dumont resident and ski coach Harald Harb lives for the outdoors in general and the slopes in particular.

    Harb, who has been a professional skier since 1973, has competed all over the world and started a Colorado-based ski camp in 1998. He currently contracts with Arapahoe Basin.

    Harb was sidelined in April 2015 when he had a knee replaced, but he was was back on the slopes within three months of the surgery.

  • County 4-H programs keeping young people engaged, busy

    From rabbits to robots, the local 4-H youth program is once again offering courses to students.

    4-H, part of the CSU Extension program in Clear Creek County, continues to grow after its launch three years ago. 4-H offers courses for kids on everything from raising pet rabbits and scrapbooking to leather craft and sewing, and children ages 5 through 7 can explore a variety of topics over the course of the year.

    It also operates the 4-H high school robotics club, summer camps, workshops and after-school programs in coordination with the rec center.