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Today's News

  • Early-morning fire destroys home on Floyd Hill

    A home on Aspen Drive on Floyd Hill was destroyed by fire early Monday.

    Stacee Martin with Evergreen Fire/Rescue reported that no one apparently was in the house when the blaze started, and that a neighbor had phoned 911 about 5:59 a.m.

    More than 25 firefighters from Evergreen, Clear Creek, Foothills, Elk Creek and Genesee were at the scene in frigid temperatures. EFR said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

  • Two gray birds dominate during winter season

    (Reprinted from Jan. 12, 2010)

    It is winter again this week. Snowflakes have been in the air several times, but so far, we haven’t accumulated much, just added clean sheets to the snow bed that was already on the ground.

  • Rec center floats idea for cardboard regatta

    Shiver me cardboard timbers!

    The Clear Creek Recreation Center is hosting its first cardboard-boat regatta for students this spring, and organizers are hoping to shanghai a few adult recruits to help the students with their creations.

    The regatta will pit teams of students against one another in the rec center’s pool with boats they’ve built from cardboard and duct tape, and students must get into the boats without sinking them.

  • Two mental health first-aid classes slated in January

    Clear Creek County and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health are hosting two free mental health first-aid classes in January in the county courthouse in Georgetown.

    The classes are designed to teach the layperson about mental health issues, how to spot them and then how to react. One of the classes is also geared toward veterans.

    Kara Campbell, manager of mountain services for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, said the classes are open to anyone in the community interested in learning about and understanding addiction and mental-health issues.

  • Christmas Market among top-10 holiday festivals in U.S.

    The Georgetown Christmas Market was recently voted No. 7 in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Christmas festivals.

    Georgetown in the smallest town on the top-10 list, which also names places such as San Francisco, San Diego, Bethlehem, Pa., and Charleston, S.C.

    Marie Cannon, director of marketing for Historic Georgetown, the group that organizes the market, said it was a welcome surprise that the market was in the competition in the first place.

  • A realistic — not pessimistic — view of 2016

    There was a sardonic political cartoon recently in which the battered 2015 old man, wrapped in bandages and leaning on a crutch, greeted the new babe of 2016 and said, “If you think it was rough for me, yours will be worse.”

    My life philosophy is to focus on the positive and fight through even in the worst of times, but in this case, optimism seems unwarranted. Call it my inner pessimism or my refusal to live in a fantasy world viewed through rose-colored glasses.

  • Central wastewater district receives $1 million grant

    The Central Clear Creek Sanitation District has been awarded a $1 million grant by the state Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund to defray the cost of building a $3.2 million wastewater facility.

    The grant will save the owner of a $200,000 home approximately $530 a year in property taxes.

    After voters approved a property-tax increase in 2014, owners of a $200,000 home paid $860 a year in taxes. Because of the grant, homeowners will now pay about $330 annually.

  • Youngsters get pumped up at New Year’s noon party

    Several hundred balloons waited in a net high above 30 pint-size New Year’s Eve revelers at the Idaho Springs rec center on Dec. 31.

    The balloons were ready to be released at the age-appropriate strike of noon. With minutes to go on the clock, the students hula-hooped, danced and took “tourist” photos in front of a poster of New York City’s Times Square.

    The festivities took place under the direction of the rec center’s after-school program director, Nicole McGrath.

  • Spinal scoliosis doesn’t slow down Hellard

    By Chelsy Woods Klein — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — Water is a great source of magnification.

    Maggie Hellard, a co-captain on Evergreen’s girls swimming and diving team this season, has gone through a lot under the microscope of water while being a key cog for the two-time defending Class 4A state champions.

    Hellard, an Evergreen resident who is homeschooled, was diagnosed with spinal scoliosis — a condition characterized by an abnormal curve in the spine.

  • Evergreen firefighters douse small brush fire on Upper Bear

    Evergreen firefighters were quick to douse a small brush fire Saturday afternoon on Upper Bear Creek in Clear Creek County. 

    The blaze, in dry vegetation on a south-facing slope near Evans Ranch, was about an acre in size. Firefighters arrived minutes after the fire was reported and extinguished the flames shortly after arriving.