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Today's News

  • Focus on education after Jeffco recall

    The results from the Jefferson Public Schools Board of Education recall were beyond lopsided; they were off the charts. Nearly two-thirds voted to oust the triumvirate, who had been beneficiaries of lavish support from outside money and who sneaked under the radar into power. This time, though, an aware and educated community unceremoniously booted them from their perches.

  • Federal law protects historic sites, public areas

    Historic places in Colorado should not be compromised by federal transportation projects. That was the message Kevin Kuharic, director of Georgetown’s Hotel de Paris Museum, gave to federal lawmakers recently.

    Kuharic went to Washington, D.C., with 27 other Coloradans, specifically to lobby for the continued support of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, which protect historic sites and public areas from federal transportation projects.

  • Wild turkeys are thankful they’re not extinct

    (Reprinted from Nov. 26, 2013)

    While we have many things to be thankful for, I think the wild turkeys must be thankful for being alive because these big, beautiful, wild birds came very close to extinction.

    This great American bird was fairly common over much of America and was taken to Europe in the early 16th century where it was domesticated and became a very popular dish. In America, it was also very popular, but there were no domestic turkeys to buy at the market.

  • ‘The world is never the same as it was’

    Clear Creek exchange student Madelyn Fahnline woke the morning of Nov. 14 and saw dozens of messages on her phone from friends and family asking if she was OK.

    The high school junior is staying with a host family in Lorraine in northeastern France about 90 minutes from Paris. The previous night, extremists had killed 129 people in a series of coordinated attacks across Paris.

  • Roll out the barrels

    Idaho Springs soon will have a micro-distillery and tasting room — possibly the first since before Prohibition.

    The city council recently approved a conditional-use permit for Bouck Brothers Distilling, and the business — which will operate a 100-gallon still for whiskey and vodka and brew some beer — will be at 2731 Colorado Blvd. in the space previously occupied by Daylight Donuts. Co-owner Zachary Bouck hopes the business will open in April.

  • Potluck Thanksgiving dinner planned Thursday at Elks Lodge

    Local churches are hosting a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge, and organizers hope community members, as well as those in need, will attend.

    Georgetown Clerk Jennifer Yobski, who helped spearhead the event, said this is the first time in recent memory that all area churches are working together on such an effort.

    “(And) putting on a meal for people who either don’t have family around or for people who maybe don’t have a way to cook their own Thanksgiving dinner,” Yobski said.

  • Idaho Springs police to begin using body cameras

    Idaho Springs police officers will start using body cameras early next year.

    The city approved spending $9,250 for a TASER axiom camera for each of its officers, plus a service contract.

    Police Chief Chris Malanka said the chest-mounted cameras will be a valuable law enforcement and training tool. They will record video that can be downloaded and later searched by date, officer or case number.

  • Clear Creek focused on team game

    By Matthew Van Deventer — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — After a disappointing 2-18 record during the 2014-15 season, Clear Creek’s boys basketball team hopes to turn things around by following the lead of new head coach Jon Onago. 

  • Clear Creek government offices closed

    All Clear Creek County offices and the courthouse were closed at noon Friday due to weather concerns as a storm moved in, according to a news release.

    The offices are scheduled to reopen at their normal times Monday.

  • Evergreen stakes claim to soccer title

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    COMMERCE CITY — Members of Evergreen’s 2015 boys soccer team have no direct recollection of the last time the program won a state championship for an obvious reason: They weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes in 1989.