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Today's News

  • New tourism mascot touting the county’s mining heritage

    Cheerful, bearded and with a pet donkey, the Clear Creek Tourism Bureau’s mascot is gracing billboards along Interstate 70.

    C.J. Miner is part of the bureau’s attempt to draw tourists into the county while highlighting the area’s unique mining heritage.

    “He has his own Facebook page and his own e-mail account — and he’s a tour guide,” said tourism bureau director Cassandra Patton.

  • Local bands bring the beat at annual RapidGrass bluegrass concert

    Sandwiched between the mountains along Interstate 70 sits an annual bluegrass festival some eight years in the making.

    On Saturday, the sun set behind the Clear Creek RapidGrass Festival, and sounds of violins, banjos, guitars and mandolins drifted through the evening air. The bluegrass festival has become a community staple in Idaho Springs, and this year’s festival was held on the Shelly/Quinn ball fields last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event features music and workshops, as well as food, drink, camping and fun.

  • Epps' retrial scheduled for this week

    An Idaho Springs man will be retried for threatening a county probation worker this week, after the judge declared a mistrial in May.

    Joshua Epps, 26, pleaded not guilty to counts of harassing, stalking and attempting to influence a public servant. The Georgetown Police Department filed an arrest affidavit in September 2016, alleging that Epps sent threatening Facebook messages to his probations case worker.

  • Vox

    Thank you to all those who participated in our statewide exercise.

    On June 15-17, Clear Creek Public Health participated in the Statewide Full Scale Exercise to test dispensing of medication in a pandemic scenario. The Public Health department and many other agencies throughout the county spent many months designing Clear Creek’s part in the exercise.

  • Irresponsible Confiscation

    For working adults, there is probably no closer and direct connection to the federal government than the automatic process of withholding taxes. While most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s insight regarding the inevitability of death and taxes, what many do not fully appreciate is the recent history of U.S. taxation and our current status with its implications.

  • How to help Mount Bierstadt

    There’s head-scratching irony to the he-man machoism pervading American culture. It’s become a rite of passage to prove one’s toughness for the sole purpose of proving one’s toughness. It’s the reason we keep seeing more extreme sports, which our hunter-gatherer ancestors called “hunting mammoth.” Perhaps it’s residue in participants’ DNA. Maybe from the Neanderthal side of their family.

  • Kansas product turns heads at Evergreen Mountain 15K

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — All Austin Bogina wants is a professional team to run for.
    Recognition hasn’t come easily for the Kansas native and a December 2016 graduate of Pittsburg (Kan.) State, whose best finish in the NCAA Division II cross country championships was 108th in 2015, his senior season.
    But Bogina is doing his best to gain attention during a summer stay in Colorado.

  • A pause to reflect on freedom

    Sometimes the most productive reflection about an event occurs some time after the official ceremonial activities have passed. Such is the case for me regarding Independence Day.

  • A defining moment

    “The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • Idaho Springs: A town in disarray

    Alisha Hill