Today's News

  • Vox

    Wildfire mitigation isn’t about air-pollution policy


    The main thing that keeps buildings safe from wildfire is a defensible space: an area around the building with minimal brush, trees and other combustible growth.

    Non-combustible building materials, fire department availability, water sources and contours of the land all play a role in fire risk and mitigation. We’ve got a lot of old, skinny, pine beetle-infected trees that will eventually die one way or another, posing as a large source of intense wildfires.

  • Beware the why in media's 'factual' reporting
  • Russian cyberattack shakes U.S. democracy

    The capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.

    – attributed to Vladimir Lenin

    War has been declared. A cyber war. Welcome to the 21st-century version of World War III. The Russians launched the first strike, President Barack Obama responded with measured steps and Donald Trump is poo-pooing the whole affair.

  • Sugar, carbohydrates are a plant’s friend

    (Reprinted from Jan. 14, 2009)

    Down the hill from our house there are several giant mullein plants in various stages of growth. The most obvious are the old, dead stalks that bore flowers last summer. These stalks are hard, dry, dead. They have completed their mission in life. They have produced seeds to perpetuate the species.

  • The dollar sign will reign


    Another Pleasant Valley Sunday 

    Charcoal burning everywhere

    Here in status symbol land


    The mid-20th century conservative writer and academician Russell Kirk was a “man of letters,” a term no longer in vogue. A man of letters was well-rounded, educated and multi-dimensional in his thinking, steeped in classics as in current learning. He stood for refinement as opposed to one-dimensional, mundane conservatism rooted in wealth, status and pride in financial accomplishments.

  • Three escape rollover accident on I-70

    Three motorists experienced a holiday miracle Dec. 26 when their vehicle rolled on Interstate 70 and all escaped unscathed.

    Emergency crews initially called a Flight for Life helicopter based on how serious the accident appeared, yet once the occupants were freed from the vehicle, they walked to an ambulance.

    Sgt. Rob Madden of the State Patrol said the accident occurred at 11:27 a.m. Monday on westbound I-70 when a red pickup rolled onto its top near mile marker 241.

  • 1A Foothills Conference football team


  • The year in review

    From the first on-the-field winning season in football since 1999 to an individual league title in cross country to continued success on the hardwood for the girls’ basketball program, Clear Creek had its fair share of sports moments in 2016. The following are 10 stories that highlighted the Clear Creek Courant sports scene during 2016.

  • Fifth-graders, parents share breakfast on last day before break

    Fifth-graders at Georgetown Community School enjoyed a special breakfast made by special guests on their last school day before winter break.

    The class hosted their parents, who made an assortment of chocolate-chip pancakes, eggs, toast and other goodies for the youngsters’ breakfast.

    As the 12 students worked on their word wiggles and played games, the eight or so parents arranged a table full of juices and food, and then sat down and talked with their children or grandchildren.

  • Happy trails, happy tails

    As a group of volunteers tramped through the snow with their dogged companions, it was an hour of whining and barking. And that was just the humans.

    For the third month in a row, members of the Idaho Springs rec center’s hiking group have participated in “Hike with a Shelter Dog” at Charlie’s Place in Dumont. The shelter hosts this program for the hikers and any other volunteers who want to join on the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m.

    According to shelter manager Sue LeBarron, the event is a win-win situation.