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Today's News

  • Breathtaking scenery, climbs are the real prizes of the Red Rocks Century

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    There are no champions, but everyone is a winner in the Red Rocks Century cycling event.

    The 307 riders who participated in four rides in the foothills west of Morrison ranging from 33 to 100 miles on Aug. 9 were rewarded with spectacular scenery and challenging climbs.

    The real winners were Hope Communities and Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, the event’s two primary beneficiaries.

  • Hafer makes lasting impression in first GTIS

    IDAHO SPRINGS — His shaggy blond mane flowed in the air, reminiscent of a 1980s heavy metal band. He credits his girlfriend, Michelle, for that. But there’s little doubt that it was Ryan Hafer’s running that had him flying from start to finish at the 36th annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon on Aug. 9.

  • Americans’ views seem contradictory

    A few recent news items, each powerfully pointing a finger at us and to our system, disconcertingly indicate why things are askew.

    The first deals with the wealth gap. According to an Associated Press story, a University of Michigan study shows the Great Recession and consequential slow recovery have widened the chasm between the über-wealthy and the rest of Americans.

    In 2007, the top 5 percent boasted 16.5 times the wealth as the bottom 95 percent collectively, but by 2013 it soared by nearly 50 percent, to 24 times.

  • Clear Creek issuing civil-union licenses only

    Clear Creek County has not had any requests from gay couples for marriage licenses, said Pam Phipps, the county clerk and recorder.

    But if Phipps is asked about the issue, she says the county offers a civil-union license. The civil-union license has been available since May 1, 2013, according to information on the county’s website. Since same-sex marriages are not recognized by Colorado law, county marriage licenses can be issued only to male-female couples, according to information on the website.

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    Aug. 20

    Georgetown will host an open house for residents interested in learning more about the Georgetown Lake Dam Outlet Improvement Project. The open house will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Georgetown Community Center, 613 Sixth St.

     

    Aug. 22

  • Schools revamp websites

    Clear Creek parents soon will be able to access their children's grades over a cell phone.

  • CDOT may need bank loan to build shoulder lane

    Transportation officials might get a bank loan to pay for at least part of a planned $49 million toll lane project on Interstate 70.

    Toll revenue would be used to pay back the loan, said Amy Ford, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The money would be used to build the eastbound “peak-period shoulder lane,” Ford said.

  • School year starts with familiar faces, new wrinkles

    A familiar face is greeting students, parents and visitors at Clear Creek High/Middle School.

    Rebecca Warmack, a 2000 graduate whose dad taught at the school for more than 30 years, is the school secretary. The school year starts for Clear Creek schools on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Warmack, 32, has a marketing degree from Niagara University in New York, which she attended on a cross-country scholarship. She and her brother, Zack, lived in Florida for six years because she wanted to be near the beach.

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    Aug. 6

    Summer reading party at the pool. Lunch and swimming begins at 11 a.m. at the Clear Creek Rec Center. Swim from 11 a.m. to noon. Lunch at noon followed by a jumping and diving contest from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    Aug. 8

  • Sharks all about learning, fun times

    WESTMINSTER — It’s approximately 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 3 when the Clear Creek Sharks swim team rolls up on the North Park swimming facility. It’s a little early, especially considering the drive, to be up and at it for an 8 a.m. meet.

    “Oh yeah,” 10-year-old Cassie Castleman said.

    But it’s well worth it. For Clear Creek’s 24 swimmers, ranging from 7 to 15, there are two primary objectives: to be better, faster swimmers and to have a lot of fun.