http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en On location in Clear Creek http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/location-clear-creek <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-searchingforfortune01-gc-0423214.jpg" alt="Cinematographer Anthony Kuhnz frames a shot while director Joe Matarrese stands behind him during the filming of &quot;Searching for Fortune&quot; on April 18 at Westwinds Tavern in Idaho Springs." title="Cinematographer Anthony Kuhnz frames a shot while director Joe Matarrese stands behind him during the filming of &quot;Searching for Fortune&quot; on April 18 at Westwinds Tavern in Idaho Springs." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> An independent movie production company has come to Colorado searching for its own fortune with its first full-length movie in Clear Creek County and in Denver.</p> <p> The production company, Distant Thunder Films, is filming &ldquo;Searching for Fortune&rdquo; in Empire, at Ponder Point and Echo Lake, and last week it was fully entrenched in the Westwinds Tavern on Miner Street in Idaho Springs.</p> Silver Plume melodrama strikes gold http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/silver-plume-melodrama-strikes-gold-0 <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-melodrama03-gc-042314.jpg" alt="From Left, Jessica Culp, Olivia Regester, Chynna Candlin, Brianna Regester and Frannie McGlauchlin rehearse during a practice of &quot;Singing for your Supper or Will Work for ...&quot; on April 21 at the Silver Plume Big Town Hall. " title="From Left, Jessica Culp, Olivia Regester, Chynna Candlin, Brianna Regester and Frannie McGlauchlin rehearse during a practice of &quot;Singing for your Supper or Will Work for ...&quot; on April 21 at the Silver Plume Big Town Hall. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The annual Silver Plume melodrama is as much fun as it is a fund-raiser to help restore the town&rsquo;s historic buildings.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s 37th annual melodrama is no exception, and as in the 36 years before it, this show is written and directed by local George Downing.</p> <p> The volunteer actors, some of whom have been part of the melodramas for decades, enjoy participating in the production, in addition to supporting a worthwhile cause. Proceeds go to the nonprofit People for Silver Plume.</p> St. Mary's Glacier residents without water http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/st-marys-glacier-residents-without-water <p> Residents of St. Mary&rsquo;s Glacier are without water due to critically low levels in the water district&rsquo;s wells.</p> <p> Some 300 homes are affected, but only about 100 families live in the area this time of year. One resident has said he had been without water since last Tuesday.</p> <p> According to the St Mary&rsquo;s Glacier Water and Sanitation District, homeowners are asked to immediately shut off their water pumps to help the districts wells fill with water.</p> USGS calls county’s geothermal potential ‘encouraging’ http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/usgs-calls-county%E2%80%99s-geothermal-potential-%E2%80%98encouraging%E2%80%99 <p> Warm temperatures measured in underground wells near Empire are &ldquo;very encouraging&rdquo; as potential heating sources, according to a U.S. Geological Survey spokesman.</p> <p> Underground temperatures increased about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit for every 100 feet measured in a recent survey, said Paul Morgan, a USGS spokesman in Denver. That&rsquo;s well above the standard underground temperature increase of about 1 degree Farenheit per 100 feet, Morgan said.</p> Events center proposed for Empire http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/events-center-proposed-empire <p> County and Empire officials are exploring the feasibility of building an events center or fairgrounds south of the town.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;re going to begin working on an agreement with them and then move to finding a consultant, developer to help us through that planning phase,&rdquo; County Commissioner Tim Mauck said.</p> <p> Empire Mayor Wendy Koch said the town is definitely interested in continuing discussions with the county. Koch said Empire has some of the county&rsquo;s only usable flat ground.</p> Motorists racking up marijuana violations http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/motorists-racking-marijuana-violations <p> Idaho Springs police are writing up more marijuana &ldquo;open container&rdquo; violations for motorists since recreational marijuana sales started Jan. 1, according to Police Chief David Wohlers.</p> <p> Anecdotally, it appears there is more pot use in vehicles and more pot-related accidents, Wohlers told Idaho Springs city council members at a meeting April 14.&nbsp;</p> 9Health Fair set for this Saturday http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/9health-fair-set-saturday <p> The 9Health Fair is gearing up this Saturday for its 35th anniversary in Clear Creek County.</p> <p> The event runs from 7 to 11 a.m. at Carlson Elementary School in Idaho Springs. The adult-focused health fair provides free screenings of blood pressure, glucose levels, vision, hearing and cardiovascular health.</p> <p> The event also has a variety of low-cost screenings that cover everything from blood chemistry for $30 to vitamin D screenings for $40.</p> County revokes rafting company’s license http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-revokes-rafting-company%E2%80%99s-license <p> All American Adventures&rsquo; county river outfitter license was revoked this year after the Idaho Springs rafting company missed deadlines related to a county monitoring program.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the first time Clear Creek officials have revoked a rafting company&rsquo;s river outfitter license since 2011, when the program started. The county issues 15 licenses per year to rafting companies that want to use the county-owned facilities at the Whitewater Park raft launch and take-out site in Lawson and at the Hiawatha site in lower Dumont.</p>