• From marijuana to Interstate 70 to shooting on public lands, there was no shortage of news in Clear Creek County in 2014. Here’s a recap of some of those stories.


    The number of retail marijuana sales outlets grew by at least two and a wholesale growing operation was approved in 2014 in Clear Creek County.

  • When 2nd Congressional District Congressman Jared Polis visits Idaho Springs during the holiday season, he wants to shop.

    Polis was in town Dec. 16 not only to buy gifts for his mother and sister, but to meet with local business owners to discuss economic struggles they're experiencing related to the Highway 103 bridge being removed for Interstate 70 construction.

  • With giant bags stuffed with gifts slung over their shoulders, parents left the Santa Shop looking a whole lot like Santa himself.

    The Clear Creek County Holiday Project put on the event Friday and Saturday, providing gifts to parents who couldn’t afford to buy them for their children.

    The Holiday Project, under the umbrella of the Clear Creek County Community Resource Center, provides donated toys, clothing and gift certificates to county residents facing difficult times.

  • In an era of light-up Rudolph neckties, seven-dollar triple-shot peppermint lattes and Black Friday, it’s easy to forget there once was a better way to celebrate Christmas.

  • Casey Day is determined to raise ski making to an art — at every step of the process.

    From concept and design to engineering, prototype development and graphics, the Silver Plume resident does it all. The 34-year-old got into the ski-making business 11 years ago and this year started selling his own brand, Powder Factory, out of his house, where he meticulously handcrafts each ski.

  • Tiffany Morrell, a Georgetown resident and an Iraq veteran, plans to use her military experience as a Clear Creek County paramedic in the future.

  • Trucker the pit bull is back with his owner, Graham Holiman, in Arkansas, thanks to a microchip scan done at Charlie’s Place — the Clear Creek County animal shelter.

     The moral of the story? Have a microchip implanted in your pet and make sure you keep the information up to date if you move, Charlie’s Place director Sue LeBarron told Clear Creek’s county commissioners at a recent meeting. Charlie’s Place in Dumont does the microchip procedure for $15, she said.

  • The fourth Clear Creek County Community Emergency Response Team class graduated on Saturday, adding another group of residents prepared to act in an emergency.
    The Community Emergency Response Team is a national effort to educate people in basic disaster response, such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
    The local branch of the program has graduated four classes in six years.

  • On Oct. 24, more than 100 Georgetown Community School students did the slide, shoulder shuffle, hand-clap, dance-step combination of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” dance.

  • A mustachioed, malevolent and even slightly maleficent villain will enter stage right during the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society’s melodrama on Saturday evening.

  • Local students now can take their creativity into the third dimension at the Idaho Springs Library.
    The library, with the help of fund-raising and grants, purchased a $1,700 LulzBot TAZ 3D printer.

  • Clear Creek High School’s annual homecoming parade down Miner Street last Thursday was packed with school spirit.

  • Dave Ventimiglia is on a mission to get more people involved in helping residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

    Since Sept. 19, Ventimiglia’s mission has included five horses and lots of miles — many of them through Clear Creek and Jefferson counties.

  • The Historical Society of Idaho Springs is celebrating a half-century of preserving the past.
    The nonprofit recognized the milestone with an event Sept. 6 at the Underhill Museum in Idaho Springs. Another, final celebration is also planned during its annual gala Nov. 8 at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk.
    “We’re tickled to death to be celebrating our 50th year as an organization and the 20th year of our heritage museum,” said historical society board president Omer Humble.

  • Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series examining the past, present and future of Clear Creek.

    By Ian Neligh
    Courant Editor
    Through the mountains and down to the plains, Clear Creek has rushed along its jagged banks long before civilization ever found it and the gold hidden within. Its discovery led to industry, economy and community. The tie binding the stream to the people living along its banks will not be broken easily.

    A commitment

  • For 16-year-old Olivia Urbalejo, prom was a chance to experience the quintessential high-school thrills of fancy clothes, fast friends and memorable times.

    “I always have a fun time at stuff like this,” said Olivia, who joined 60 other campers and 30 volunteers as they listened to live music outdoors before the annual prom at Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village.

  • The Countess Magri was the most famous person ever to stay at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown.
    The countess, probably better known as the former Mrs. General Tom Thumb, appears to have been the most famous person to sign the guestbook in 1893, anyway. Before she married Count Magri, an Italian, the countess was well known in popular American culture. She and her husband were internationally known through the marketing and promotion efforts of circus master P.T. Barnum.

  • If a dog is barking or a horse goes on the lam, folks call Jeromie Morgan, one of two animal control officers in Clear Creek County.

    In fact, Morgan spends quite a bit of his work time looking for pet owners. If a dog is running loose, animal control officers will respond right away and try to find the owner, Morgan said. If a dog is barking, he also follows up with the owner, who oftentimes professes ignorance.

    “Those are the easy ones. (Owners say they) aren’t aware that the dogs are barking when they’re not home,” Morgan said.

  • The Silver Queen will be awash in steel and chrome on Saturday, Sept. 13, as up to 70 vintage road-rockets roar back into Georgetown for the second annual Hot Rod Hill Climb.

    “These aren’t sports cars,” says Mike Nicholas, chief wrench at Nick’s Garage in Englewood and the man who kicked the Hill Climb back into high gear last summer. “These are the drag cars of the early ‘50s running four-bangers, flathead-8s and early in-line motors.”

  • For 16-year-old Olivia Urbalejo, prom was a chance to experience the quintessential dance-night thrills of fancy clothes, fast friends and memorable times. 

    "I always have a fun time at stuff like this," said Olivia, who joined 60 other campers and 30 volunteers as they listened to live music outdoors before the annual prom at Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village.