Today's News

  • Platte Canyon blanks Clear Creek

    Craig Harper - For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — “We got out swagger back!” a Platte Canyon football player exuded as coach Mike Schmidt gathered his team for the post-game huddle following a 40-0 victory over rival Clear Creek on Sept. 25.

    To which Schmidt responded afterward, “I never thought we lost it. But if they feel that way, that’s better.”

    At the least, said the Huskies’ Hank Bode, “We got our game back.”

  • Fire ban announced in Clear Creek

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    On Thursday, officials in both Clear Creek and Jefferson counties announced fire bans because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in either county must be built in existing fire grates in parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

  • 'Homeless business owner' hopes to rent apartment for the winter

    Idaho Springs resident Amadee Ouellet calls herself a "homeless business owner" who makes and sells artistic wands and hunts mushrooms in the woods.

    In the summer, Ouellet said, she "moves around" — living out of her tent on U.S. Forest Service land. In the winter, when it gets too cold to live in her tent, Ouellet said she lives in a motel where she can pay rent by the week. (People are allowed to camp at a Forest Service site for 14 days, by law.)

  • Library board should find a better way

    “Pass the time?” said the Queen. “Books are not about passing the time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, Sir Kevin, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time, one could go to New Zealand.”

    — “The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett

    Something incredible happened at the Clear Creek County Library District board meeting on Sept. 8.

  • Barn swallows at Elk Run working on summer’s second brood

    I have had so many people ask about the barn swallows nesting under the porte-cochere at the entrance to Elk Run that I feel I must write about them again.

    Barn swallows built this nest sometime in July and have successfully raised one brood of four young. As their name implies, they usually nest on an open beam in a barn. I believe this was the first nesting in this nest.

  • Cougars dominate homecoming affair

    Playing against a team such as Weld Central, one that has a first-year head coach in James Canaday and hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, can be tricky, especially for a squad like Evergreen.

    While the Cougars have had their fair share of success over the years, the Rebels easily could’ve been a trap game if Evergreen wasn’t careful.

  • Strong start, teamwork pay off for Lady Diggers

    Jac Harvey called it the “best match that we’ve played so far,” and it would be hard to argue that point.

    Clear Creek, which has played a brutal non-conference schedule against the likes of 5A Monarch and Fort Collins, 4A Holy Family and Pueblo South, and 3A Kent Denver and Peak to Peak, is starting to reap the rewards from such stiff early competition.

  • Fifth-place finish leaves O’Brien wanting more

    Samantha O’Brien knew the day before, when she and her Clear Creek High cross country teammates were setting up the course for the Sept. 15 Golddigger Invitational, that the final uphill would be a struggle. And it was. But it was what happened on the last downhill to the finish line that left the CCHS sophomore perturbed with her fifth-place finish.

    It was there that she was passed twice by a pair of Littleton High runners – Magda Van Leeuwen and Sarah Gray – that left O’Brien in fifth in a time of 25 minutes, 47 seconds.

  • Angel-makers are heaven-sent

    In the mid-1800s, quilting bees were an important social event, with women chatting and laughing as their sewing needles worked in the fabric.

    Fast-forward to 2015, and the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice angel-making workshops also are important social events, with women chatting and laughing as they spread glue, cut cardboard and prepare handcrafted angels.

    In addition, angel-making helps Mount Evans continue to provide services to area residents.

  • Education flows at Watershed Festival

    Christine Crouse is on a mission to educate families about the area’s environment.

    The local CSU County Extension officer organized Saturday’s Clear Creek Watershed Festival and has done so for the past seven years.

    “We’ve tweaked some things, we’ve moved some things around, and we’ve added a few different activities,” Crouse said. “But the formula we started out with was pretty successful. We got a lot of compliments on it, and so we’ve basically stayed with the same format.”