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  • Extension offering new classes for adults, kids

    Wine jelly for adults and a zombie apocalypse for children: Clear Creek County’s CSU Extension has something for everybody this fall.

    The Extension office is offering the adult workshop with help from outside resources, and the zombie apocalypse will be the catalyst for a year-long workshop for kids. For more information on either program, call 303-679-2424.

    Clear Creek County partnered in 2013 with Colorado State University to provide 4-H programs and educational classes.

    Wine jelly

  • A conversation with the rec district’s new director

    The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District hired a new director last week.

    Steve Russell replaces Dane Matthew, who left last year to pursue other opportunities. Russell will be working in the position part-time.

    Russell takes the helm during a time when curtailing operations at Henderson Mine are having a negative impact on property-tax revenue for the rec district as well as other government entities in the county.

    The Courant recently reached out to Russell to allow the community to get to know him.

  • Charlie’s Place takes in Texas animals regularly and because of hurricane

    It’s like Christmas and her birthday all rolled into one: Chickie the Lab/heeler mix dances around and wags her tail with as much energy as she can put into it — all because she’s going on a walk.

    Sue LeBarron, shelter manager at Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter, was taking 2-year-old Chickie, a recent Hurricane Harvey refugee, out of her kennel for some exercise.

  • Virtual county map in the works

    Tourists may soon get the chance to virtually plan their trip to Clear Creek.

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau is hoping for a $25,000 matching grant from the state tourism office to implement an online itinerary feature. The virtual planner could help visitors plan what to visit, and where to hike, eat and shop.

    The online feature could be available by Memorial Day if state funding comes through. The project’s total $50,000 cost would fund the program’s creation and its marketing along the Front Range, tourism director Cassandra Patton said.

  • Silent tribute: 9/11 commemorated during parade down Miner Street

    The rumbling of emergency vehicles was the only sound as a handful of residents and a bagpipe player waited outside the Idaho Springs Rec Center on Sept. 11.

    A group of children stood by, holding hand-drawn American flags, while the real thing rippled nearby in the cool wind. Then the bagpipe player began playing “Amazing Grace” as the parade silently moved forward.

    They marched to remember the attacks on 9/11, to honor the 104 Colorado residents killed in combat since that day and to support the community’s first responders.

  • 'Gold Plane' & Silver Plume: the Wichita State plane crash revisited

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Wichita State plane crash. This first part focuses on the events leading up to and during the crash on Oct. 2, 1970.

    Forty. Eleven. Nine.

    Forty people — football players, coaches, administrators, wives, fans and flight crew — set out from Wichita, Kan., to Denver to Logan, Utah, in a Martin 404 aircraft.

    Eleven people made it down Mount Trelease after the plane crashed.

  • Restaurants accepting donations for hurricane victims

    A set of restaurants in Clear Creek County and South Jeffco are accepting donations of household cleaning items and other supplies to help victims of the recent hurricanes.

    Idaho Springs’ MTN Prime and both LUCHA Cantina locations in Georgetown and South Jeffco are working with the Cajun Navy Relief, a non-profit based in Louisiana that helps hurricane and flood victims.

  • News briefs

    Springs council candidates are running unopposed

    There are no contested spots on the Idaho Springs city council in the Nov. 7 election.

    Mayor Mike Hillman is running unopposed for his second term in the city’s top spot.

    There is no one on the ballot for the open Ward I seat, but resident Scott Pennell is running as a write-in candidate to replace Troy Erickson, who stepped down earlier this year because he moved out of the city.

  • County looks for ways to shore up Road and Bridge budget

    With a projected budget shortfall, the county Road and Bridge Department is looking to bridge the gap with several potential solutions including finding funding sources and reduced services.

    The county hasn’t yet made any decision on how it will meet the shortfall and likely will not find a solution until it starts planning the budget for 2019. For now, no service reductions are planned. “We will have to look at options as we move forward,” Public Works Director Karl Shell said.

  • Group wants to restores historic locomotive in Idaho Springs

    A nonprofit wants to restore the 130-year-old locomotive in Idaho Springs to full working order — at no cost to the city.

    The Colorado & Southern Railway Society, a volunteer nonprofit organization that works to restore antique trains, met with the Idaho Springs City Council on Aug. 28.

    Vice president Benjamin Fearn and president Justin Kardas told the council the group wants to restore Locomotive 60, which sits behind city hall. The group is restoring a caboose from Silver Plume and is expected to finish by next summer.