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Today's News

  • Pas de deux

    French and woodworking at Clear Creek High School have much more in common than some might think.

    Beginning French students have been spending time in the woodworking shop making musical instruments that are part of French or African cultures. They’ve also been learning French vocabulary so they can talk to other students about their projects, the tools being used, and the process of making the instruments.

    The exercise was developed by teacher Skyler Artes to make French more relevant to students.

  • Clinic planned in county

    A Tennessee-based doctor is planning to move to Clear Creek County and open a medical clinic in Idaho Springs.

    Dr. Toby Andrew Hampton, who operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee, said he plans to build a clinic on the former lumber yard property on Miner Street. Details are sparse about what services the new clinic would provide or on a precise opening date. 

    It’s unclear whether Hampton’s plans will affect the county’s negotiations with Centura Health to bring a medical clinic back to the Clear Creek. 

  • Silver Plume’s new town clerk community-minded

    Silver Plume’s new town clerk came to Colorado with her family from California looking for a new opportunity.

    After working in banking, Zahna Smith says, she wanted a change that let her become more involved with her community.

  • In step with dance

    Cindy Catanese counted the beats, and like clockwork, an actress spun from the arms of one boy, leapt gracefully into the arms of another, and returned to the ground with a flourish into the arms of yet another.

    Catanese, director of choreography for the Clear Creek High School spring musical, has returned to familiar territory, having taught drama at the school from 1980 to 1996.

    “The Boy Friend” will be performed April 10, 11 and 12.

  • 9 running for 6 Empire Board of Trustees seats

    Four incumbents and five newcomers have declared their candidacies for six seats on Empire’s Board of Trustees.

    They join incumbent Mayor Wendy Koch, who is running for her third term in the April 1 election. Koch is unopposed.

    Koch said she’s running again because the town is about to finalize several large infrastructure projects, including water and wastewater upgrades and water meters, that she wants to see in place before leaving office.

  • On the straight and arrow

     “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

    — Vince Lombardi, coach

    One, two, three: The arrows propelled by the bow hit the target accurately and in quick succession.

    It was too early to tell if there were any would-be Robin Hoods or Katniss Everdeens, but plenty of skill and enthusiasm were in evidence at the 4-H archery club event Monday night.

  • Caucuses draw moderate turnout

    Clear Creek County's caucus night March 4 garnered a moderate turnout for a non-presidential election year, according to local Republican and Democratic leadership.

    Up for election this November are the local offices of sheriff, District 1 county commissioner, coroner, treasurer, and clerk and recorder.

    So far, however, the only contested race in the county is that of sheriff. Democrats Rick Albers, a major in the Sheriff's Office, and Jim Vogt, former sergeant with the Idaho Springs Police Department, are vying for the position.

  • Dumont revelers were spent before Lent

    By Larrice Sell

    For the Courant

    Fat Tuesday came a little early to Dumont this year with the celebration of Mardi Gras at the Dumont School last Saturday night. 

    The 50 or so attendees left behind the cold and snow of Colorado to enter Bourbon Street in New Orleans, courtesy of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society. 

  • Chances to win slip away from Diggers

    By Tim Donohoo

    For the Courant

    It appeared that Clear Creek’s boys basketball team had weathered the storm on its home floor. The Golddiggers found themselves at a 12-5 deficit with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter of their 3A Frontier League district tournament third-place contest against Academy on March 1. Then the clouds began to part.

  • With Schwecke limited, Clear Creek struggles, misses state

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courant

    For obvious reasons, 6-foot-2 junior pivot Anna Schwecke has become the focal point of the Clear Creek girls basketball team. But that’s not always a good thing, especially when she is negated by opposing defenses or physically ailing.