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  • Between the circus performers, face-painting, bouncy houses, snow cones, music and more, Dynamite Days attendees enjoyed the pleasant weather and family-friendly fun in downtown Idaho Springs on Saturday.

    The Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted the fourth annual Dynamite Days, with five musical acts, 26 vendors and an expected attendance of 500 to 700.

    Chamber executive director Phyllis Adams said the event earned its explosive moniker because it was started during the widening of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels on I-70.

  • Listen to music. Fish in the stream. Roll in a giant Zorb ball. Pan for gold. Climb a rock wall. Play with the snow. What can’t one do in or around Clear Creek?

  • With help from a small army of volunteers and after more than two months of searching, Matt Vogler was reunited with his missing dog, Rue, early Saturday morning.

    Rue disappeared under mysterious circumstances July 5 from Vogler’s Tributary at 244 restaurant at the base of Floyd Hill. When he was found Friday, Rue was dirty, living on his own and wearing the tags of another dog named Dexter.

  • Small but mighty is the best way to describe the Clear Creek High School homecoming parade on Friday.

    With about 30 entries featuring floats, homecoming royalty and sports teams, the parade took seven minutes to move down Miner Street in Idaho Springs to the Golddiggers football field. Students threw silly string, confetti, candy and mini-flying discs into the crowd lining the road. The parade was followed by a pep rally at the field.

  • Volunteers are coming to Empire from across the county and the country to build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

    Last week people worked tirelessly to build a new home for a family of three. The house is one of eight planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

    County resident and Australian native Bill Walker was perched at the top of a ladder finishing up a project as other volunteers headed for lunch.

  • Residents and visitors may spot “chain gangs” working to clean up and repair trails throughout Clear Creek County.

    On Sunday, a handful of the county jail’s occupants gathered under the close supervision of deputies to work on the Silver Creek Trail, which goes from Saxon Mountain in Georgetown to Dumont and runs parallel to Interstate 70.

  • The house Jillian Kirschke is building will have a porch, living room, generous kitchen, bathroom and gradual staircase leading to a bedroom on the second floor — all in 220 square feet and on the back of a trailer she can tow across the country.

    With virtually no experience but the talent to tackle a steep learning curve, the 32-year-old Georgetown native decided to build a tiny house in the yard of her childhood home on Rose Street.

  • Georgetown of a long-ago era came to life on Saturday when tourists and locals alike toured 16 homes, churches and museums as part of a Victorian home tour.

    While the tour is a biannual event, it helps commemorate the area’s golden jubilee, when Silver Plume and Georgetown became a National Historical Landmark District. There are more than 200 historical sites in the area, according to Sherrie Lichtenwalner, the event manager with Historic Georgetown Inc.

  • It's about 9 a.m. on a Thursday on the east side of Idaho Springs when a small group of local kids on golden bicycles rides by Starbucks.

    Another young boy rides his bike down the sidewalk of the Historic District, and several more lean their golden bikes against the side of the rec center.

    This is exactly what Santiago Garcia III wants to see.

  • Many cowboys and cowgirls inspired the crowd to roar with approval last Friday at the Oh My Gawd Rodeo, but none quite a loudly as 6-year-old Nikolai Jagoda.

    With two fists full of wool, Nikolai dangled on the back of a sheep as it tore across the length of the stadium while the audience cheered.

    Winning the mutton-bustin’ event with a staggering 90 points, the Carlson Elementary student’s performance had the announcer in awe, saying he hadn’t seen anything like it all year.

  • Working as methodically as possible, 11-year-old Tavien Woods cut the first strip off a 60-foot American flag.

    Friends followed his lead, and they reduced the giant flag to pieces that could be put into a fire and burned in the hot summer air.

  • When he dons his professional countenance, Huston the dog looks a little like the character Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.”

    Relaxed, eyes drooping, head slightly bowed and with an elaborate red cape complete with an exaggerated collar, the Rocky Mountain Village Easter Seals Camp therapy dog is ready for work.

  • Three male inmates in orange jumpsuits are walking down a narrow hallway in the Clear Creek jail on their way to an appointment. Most of the men are covered in tattoos, have spent years in the jail, and will likely spend many more in prison.

    Closely watched by guards and cameras, they enter a small room and are greeted by three retired teachers and a ton of knitting supplies. They greet one another with friendly, genuine smiles.

    "Hey, how are you doing?"

    "Good to see you again."

  • When Timothy Homack was 7 years old, he had a feeling that someday he would operate trains for a living.

    “I know it’s weird, but I had this vibe. It was just like, ‘You’re going to run trains when you get older,’” he said, remembering the time he and his family visited a park in Arizona that showcased a decommissioned engine.

    “And I’m like, ‘These things are out of date. They’re dinosaurs,’ ”

    Homack remembers thinking. “I didn’t think much of it.”

  • Ground was broken April 21 for the first of eight homes at a Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity development in Empire.

    Kathleen O’Leary, Habitat’s executive director, said the home’s foundation will be dug in the next few weeks, and the organization will begin looking for volunteers to build the house in June, with completion expected in November.

    Cheri Brown, her husband, John Caldwell, and their grandson Steven Hanners will live in the home. The Idaho Springs residents currently live in an apartment.

  • Several dancers kept time with Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” performed by the big band king of swing during the Enchantment Under the Sea Seniors Prom on Friday.

    But when “Zoot Suit Riot” was played by contemporary swing band the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, things got really busy on the dance floor.

    Sea-themed decorations such as paper fish hung from the ceiling in the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge. A DJ played swing and big-band music, the kind that will get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

  • Abby Shifflett was not discouraged upon learning she would be required to volunteer and take classes in order to continue receiving food assistance.

    "I was actually kind of stoked," the 26-year-old said.

    Shifflett had received benefits for the past two years, but this year it became mandatory for Clear Creek residents without dependents or disabilities seeking food stamps to take part in the Colorado Employment First work-experience program.

  • It's almost lunchtime, and the food looks appetizing: grilled chicken breast sandwiches marinated in wing sauce, golden french fries and brownies.

    Food prepared in the Clear Creek County jail has long had a reputation for being tasty and well-prepared — and that's by design. Special attention is given to the meals prepared by two county employees and anywhere from two to six inmates, because good food is a longstanding tradition at the jail and part of its institutional philosophy, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

  • A good old-fashioned carnival describes the scene at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs on Friday afternoon.

    Hundreds of children and their families turned out for the second annual event, which this year will help a family in the county with a child with cancer and the Clear Creek Children’s Choir.