Today's News

  • From Iowa to Iraq

    Looking to escape the small town where she grew up and see the world, Tina Barber-Matthew joined the Air Force in 1989.

    What she described as a fairly normal office job in the military changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001. In the subsequent years leading up to her retirement in 2011, Barber-Matthew, 48, deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Sometimes under fire, the mother of two young children worked with translators and taught American-style journalism to Afghani reporters.

  • Quick Hits

    Locals compete at state

    Evergreen placed sixth in the Class 4A state gymnastics team standings Nov. 6 at Thornton High School. Grace Kishimoto had the best finish in the individual all-around, taking 13th. Teammate Alexa Endsley placed 17th and Sadie Rhoades-Barnes took 21st. Margaret Streett and Mira Zizic closed out the all-around placers for the Cougars, finishing 24th and 25th. On Nov. 7, Kishimoto placed 11th in the bars and Rhoades-Barnes placed eighth in the beam individual event finals.

  • Evergreen soccer one step away from title shot

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — With most of the pieces back from Evergreen’s 2014 boys soccer team, this year’s run to the Class 4A semifinals was not unanticipated.

    The return of Brock Anderson solidified it.

  • Tobacco-Free Clear Creek kicks off in county on Nov. 19

    Clear Creek County Public and Environmental Health announces its new tobacco prevention and health education program, Tobacco-Free Clear Creek — with the goal to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in the county.


    NOV. 19
    In recognition of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, Clear Creek County Public Health is encouraging people who use tobacco to participate in the “Quit for a Day Challenge” on Nov. 19. To take the challenge, find out more and register, visit http://bit.ly/QuitChallenge or ask for help with registration at the Clear Creek Resource Center. Call 303-670-7539 for more information.

    Nov. 20

  • Autumn’s dry flowers are fodder for craft projects

    November is often referred to as the brown month. Nightly frosts have put an end to the green growing season, and meadows and prairies have slowly turned brown.

    Although we may have snow, there is seldom enough to stay on the ground for long, and before we settle into the black-and-white days of winter, we have about a month of brown frozen weeds and grasses. November is usually the month when the summer growth has matured and ripened seeds.

  • Keeping our public boards public

    It has been interesting for me to observe the unfolding of the drama being played out in the library district, not only as a concerned citizen and taxpayer but also as the former leader of my teachers association. It was during that period I witnessed firsthand the havoc created in people’s lives as a result of administrators’ cavalier attitudes toward them.

  • New Mount Evans director offers nonprofit experience and a personal connection

    After considering more than 50 highly qualified applicants from around the country, Mount Evans Home Health Care’s board of directors has chosen Charley Shimanski as the nonprofit’s new president and CEO.

  • New director to pave way for progress on greenway

    A man who has been heavily involved with plans for the Peaks to Plains Trail as a member of Denver-based THK Associates Inc. will lead the new Clear Creek Greenway Authority.

    Randall Navarro was chosen to be executive director of the authority, officials said Oct. 27. Navarro was not immediately available for comment.

  • Springs residents reject city's ballot measures; G-town voters OK marijuana tax

    Idaho Springs residents rejected all three ballot measures brought forward by the city in Tuesday's election, according to early results.