• Poetry and tea drinking combined Friday when Georgetown Community School second-graders, along with their moms, participated in their first poet-tea.

    The children, some dressed in special outfits, served the moms tea and cookies. Then they stood one by one in front of the group to read or recite poems. Most of the poems were funny, and the children were expressive, making the words come alive.

  • Heidi — a giant schnauzer who lives in Evergreen — takes her job as a pet therapy dog at Exempla Lutheran Hospital so seriously that she even has her own business card.

    Heidi’s card lists her favorite hobbies: riding in the car, meeting new people, going on long walks and eating snow. Typical dog fun, you might say.

  • One of our good neighbors, Mountain Mini Storage in Dumont, is celebrating 30 years of quality service to the community. This business fulfills a need in our community, providing a place to store all those items we want to keep but don’t have room for.

    Sandy and Lou Olnhausen founded Mountain Mini Storage in 1984. The Olnhausens were residents of Clear Creek County since 1964. During this time they owned and operated Clear Creek Oil Company, a gasoline distributing company that served 10 to 15 service stations in Denver, Clear Creek and Summit counties.

  • Eleven staff members at Clear Creek High School/Middle School embarked on their health resolutions in February as they participated in the schools’ version of the television show “The Biggest Loser.”

    Eighteen started the six-week program that ended before spring break, and 11 finished. Last Thursday, those who lost the most weight and those who met their goals received awards. First-place winners got part of the pot of money created when everyone put in $5 to participate. Second-place winners received a bag of goodies, including an infusion water bottle.

  • The Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs on Interstate 70 have officially been renamed the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.

    The Colorado House of Representatives unanimously approved the name change on March 21, after the Senate had given unanimous approval several weeks ago.

  • 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.