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Today's News

  • Make sure history doesn’t repeat itself

    Recently, I wrote about how statements made by leaders can lead to violence, even when not intended. Then I specifically correlated false claims about baby body parts made by Republican presidential aspirant Carly Fiorina and others with the Planned Parenthood shooting.

  • Pygmy nuthatches regularly flutter around feeders

    (Reprinted from Dec. 30, 2014)

    The birdfeeder below my window is still bringing a variety of birds into view. One of these is the tiny, beloved pygmy nuthatch. Almost daily, a few of these tiny guys are busy gleaning the ponderosa pine above the feeder, gathering insects, which keeps the pines healthy as well as the birds.

  • County deaths down 24 percent overall in 2015

    The county coroner's office is reporting a 24 percent decrease in deaths in 2015 compared with last year. 

    The number of overall deaths stood at 41 in the county this year, compared with 54 during 2014.

    County Coroner Don Allan said 2015 has been relatively calm for his office.

    "We really had kind of an uneventful year," Allan said.

  • The top stories of 2015

    The Courant takes a look back at the local stories that made headlines in the past year.

    Highway 103 bridge over I-70 quietly reopens

    An expanded Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs reopened late in February 2015 without fanfare.

    The bridge at Exit 240 — a major access point into Idaho Springs from Interstate 70 — closed Oct. 19, 2014, and was closed for about 120 days through the holiday season, angering local business owners and officials.

  • Pygmy nuthatches regularly flutter around feeders

    (Reprinted from Dec. 30, 2014)

    The birdfeeder below my window is still bringing a variety of birds into view. One of these is the tiny, beloved pygmy nuthatch. Almost daily, a few of these tiny guys are busy gleaning the ponderosa pine above the feeder, gathering insects, which keeps the pines healthy as well as the birds.

  • Top sports stories of 2015

    Clear Creek High School’s athletics successfully shined on the girls basketball court in 2015.

    Anna Schwecke and Kaitlin Vieweg led the Golddiggers to the round of 16 in the Class 2A state tournament before eventual state champion Akron ended the season for the Golddiggers. While girls hoops was a bright spot for Clear Creek in 2015, there were plenty of other stories to be told.

    Here is a look back at the top sports stories of 2015 from the sports staff at the Clear Creek Courant.

  • A time of year to live fully each day

    Dec 23: Americans scurrying around, anxious they missed someone on their list. And probably have, though he/she is someone not on their list. But who ought to be. Himself. Herself.

    The anxious, overwrought segment of the American populace that is paranoid about personal safety and angry about their wants not being met is growing. They identify terrorist threats and attacks as their greatest concern. They conflate their wants with their needs. They deny responsibility for their failings, instead point fingers elsewhere. “It’s not my fault that I …”

  • Sheriff’s Office turns beards into bucks

    Last month, nearly a dozen sturdy men of the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office put down their razors and picked up the country-wide No-Shave November gauntlet to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

  • Fourth-graders are fair at trading

    Fourth-graders at Georgetown Community School were extremely pleased with their finely honed entrepreneurial skills on Dec. 17.

    One boy with a sack full of traded goods in one hand hardly knew what to do with himself.

    “I’m the best trade dealer ever!” he announced to a crowd of similarly happy students.

  • KGOAT, community garden want input on redevelopment

    The Scraps-to-Soil community garden and station KYGT-FM in Idaho Springs won’t be forgotten in discussions of the redevelopment of Colorado Boulevard, said Mayor Mike Hillman.

    The two nonprofits have not been represented in all of the concept plans recently presented to the public, which include making improvements to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Miner Street where the station and garden are located. Both will likely be moved to accommodate the changes.

    The land on which the garden sits and the building occupied by KYGT are owned by the city.