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  • Homeowner Lucy Schubert opened her front door Sunday morning to Clear Creek County Deputy Jon Walker, who told her to evacuate her home because of a fast-moving wildfire nearby.

    Luckily, the “evacuation” in the Brook Hollow neighborhood was part of an all-day wildland fire training exercise and not the real thing. The Evergreen Fire Protection District and the Clear Creek Fire Authority co-hosted the exercise for about 100 firefighters in an area just south of Interstate 70 near Floyd Hill.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  “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.

  • 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. 

  •  “Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

    — Dr. Seuss

    Inspired by the strange genius of Dr. Seuss, Georgetown Community School first-graders held in their eager hands long, ropey strands of multicolored slime.

    It plopped, fell and squeezed between small fists Monday as part of the school’s take on the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which honors the birthday of Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel.

  • “The only thing that is constant … is change”!

    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

    Change doesn’t have to mean something new, especially to the two new businesses in Empire that both specialize in preserving the old.

  • Silence descended on the Clear Creek Rock House youth center as eighth-grader Josh Reagon took the stage, yo-yo in hand.

    He whipped the toy around in a dazzling variety of spins and flips, doing the “Eiffel Tower” and other mind-boggling tricks, which elicited appreciation from the talent show’s audience.

    While only a handful of performers competed, they demonstrated big talent and innovation during the youth center’s 10-year-old show.

  • The Idaho Springs Library was the venue for a pint-sized zombie invasion on Feb. 14.

  • After an assisted somersault, 3-year-old Isabella Dennehy comes out of the roll triumphant, hands raised high. Following an enthusiastic shout, Isabella celebrates her accomplishment with a series of small hops down the mat.

    Isabella and several other toddlers took part in the first day of the Mighty Mite tumbling tot class at the rec center in Idaho Springs on Jan. 23.

  • Ladies!

    Want to lose 10 inches off your waistline — in seconds?

    Wish you could regain that youthful hourglass figure without resorting to pills, fad diets or tedious exercises?

    If you’re ready to eat as much as you want, whenever you want, and then slide into your high school prom dress with the help of just one reasonably strong friend, you’ll want to check out the “Corset-Out Fashion Show,” which hits the runway at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Timbervale Barn directly behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • Bill Gorsky uses his hands — with help from a chainsaw, hatchet and chisel — to bring wood to life.

    The 67-year-old former mining engineer has created furniture, musical instruments and sculpture that now have homes throughout the country. Creating items out of wood has been his passion and livelihood since the 1970s.

  • Compiled by Courant staff

    From tunnel construction to elections to tragedy and flooding, 2013 brought a variety of news to Clear Creek County. Here’s a look back:


    Jan. 16

    Outbreak of influenza hits Clear Creek

  •  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

    — John F. Kennedy 

    The value of volunteering in a small community is something that the county’s deputy assessor, Tammy Foley, has taken to the bank.

  • With chestnuts roasting and holiday cheer at the ready, Georgetown is gearing up for its 53rd annual Christmas Market on Dec. 7-8 and 14-15.

    The outdoor European market runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Sixth Street and features events including wagon rides, museum tours, musicians, visits from St. Nicholas, and the Santa Lucia children’s procession.

    Attendance at last year’s Christmas Market was considered the best in years, largely because of unseasonably warm weather.

  • By Stephanie DeCamp

    Staff Writer

    The Bluebell Fire that started June 3 in Evergreen saw first responders working around the clock to keep the flames at bay, and to their surprise — amid all the chaos and danger — a lemonade stand appeared nearby to quench their thirsts.

  • It all happened so fast.

    One second the young elk buck was sticking his nose through the half-closed safety netting surrounding Greg and Shauna Chase’s backyard trampoline, licking snow off the canvas. The next he was bouncing around inside it, looking equal parts surprised, confused and delighted.

    “It never happened before,” says Greg. “We have elk in the yard all the time, but they never showed any interest in the tramp.”

  • It’s a fact of life for the good folks at Loaves and Fishes that as the year’s merriest season approaches, so arrives the season of Clear Creek County’s greatest need.

    “There are a lot of jobs here in the summer,” explains Sherron Slavens, current director and longtime champion of the hard-working Clear Creek and Gilpin County food bank. “Most of those seasonal jobs ended weeks ago, and a lot of people are either unemployed or underemployed. A lot of families are starting to feel the pinch.”

  • The enthusiasm was contagious among the vendors offering services to veterans at the second annual Veterans Helping Veterans event on Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs.

    The vendors from 19 organizations, including everything from the Department of Veterans Affairs to holistic medicine to educational resources were raring to go to help veterans find services they need and are entitled to. Vets could get flu shots and dental health screenings. There even was a booth with gently used clothing.

  • We hear a lot about noxious weeds these days, which makes me wonder why some plants are called weeds, and others are not. Just what is a weed?
    According to authors of various weed books, the simplest definition of a weed is any plant that is growing where people don’t want it. A bit more finely defined by the authors of “Weeds of the West,” they are “a plant that interferes with management objectives for a given area of land at a given point in time.”