http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en School’s greenhouse cultivates knowledge, cooperation http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/school%E2%80%99s-greenhouse-cultivates-knowledge-cooperation <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-rotarygreenhouse02-cb-052516.jpg" alt="Senior Sara Bower waters plants in the school greenhouse at Clear Creek High School." title="Senior Sara Bower waters plants in the school greenhouse at Clear Creek High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Clear Creek High School&rsquo;s greenhouse has germinated many seeds this year: for the botany class, the school&rsquo;s special-needs students, the Interact Club and the county&rsquo;s Rotary Club. And they are all intertwined.</p> <p> Clear Creek County 2000 Rotary donated money for the greenhouse, which was built in April 2010 on the southwest corner of the school. The botany class spent the year cleaning up the greenhouse, which had fallen into disrepair, and grew crops.</p> Consultant to address issues at King-Murphy http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/consultant-address-issues-king-murphy <p> Clear Creek School District officials have created a plan to help King-Murphy Elementary work through the negative issues that have plagued the school.</p> <p> The district is hiring an outside consultant to speak with parents, teachers and administrators to hear concerns and develop solutions to what has been called the school&rsquo;s negative culture. Parents say that culture is a result of a lack of communication, transparency and accountability among many groups at the school.</p> Links to a kinder school http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/links-kinder-school <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kindnesschain02-cb-052516.jpg" alt="Carlson sixth-grader Michaela Sheppard gathers up the Kindness Chain after measuring the length on the football field in Idaho Springs Monday, May 22." title="Carlson sixth-grader Michaela Sheppard gathers up the Kindness Chain after measuring the length on the football field in Idaho Springs Monday, May 22." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> Several students dragged thousands of brightly colored paper chains down Miner Street to the football field Monday morning and stretched them across the grass from goalpost to goalpost and halfway back again.</p> <p> Called a Random Acts of Kindness chain, the individual links of paper, each with a single act of kindness written on one side, took the students seven months to build. The entire school came to the football field to see the results of their kindness.</p> Signature gathering begins for health service district http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/signature-gathering-begins-health-service-district <p> An effort is under way to collect the 200 signatures of registered voters necessary to put a proposal to create a county health service district on November&#39;s ballot.</p> <p> &quot;We&#39;re shooting, obviously, to get much more than that,&quot; said County Manager Keith Montag. &quot;We&#39;re hoping to get upwards of 500 to 600 signatures; those have to be completed by June 7.&quot;</p> <p> A public hearing to review the district&#39;s service plan is set for June 6 in the county commissioners&#39; hearing room.</p> Springs police see increase in calls in 2016 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/springs-police-see-increase-calls-2016 <p> Idaho Springs police have seen a 16 percent increase in calls this year over 2015, Police Chief Chris Malanka said during a state-of-the-department report to the city council on May 9.</p> <p> Malanka said the department&#39;s call load is up, and officer training opportunities and community policing involvement have also increased.</p> <p> <strong>Calls for service</strong></p> <p> In April, officers answered 670 calls, a 10 percent increase over the same month in 2015. Year to date the department has responded to 2,775 calls, compared with 2,392 calls in 2015.</p> County’s sixth-graders get a lesson in teamwork http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county%E2%80%99s-sixth-graders-get-lesson-teamwork <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-dusterday06-cb-051116.jpg" alt="Sixth-graders participate in a team-building activity during Duster Day. " title="Sixth-graders participate in a team-building activity during Duster Day. " align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> Using ropes, teamwork and ingenuity, a group of sixth-graders walked a large wooden &ldquo;A&rdquo; down the field. Like a dizzy giant, it swayed, bowed, teetered and threatened to fall forward.</p> <p> Once they reached the end of the course, an adult volunteer informed the students they had the best performance of the day. The students cheered.</p> Picture-perfect attendance http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/picture-perfect-attendance <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-attendance02-cb-051816_.jpg" alt="Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill receives a 32-inch flat screen TV donated by Walmart at the request of school resource officer Beau Campbell and $400 from his parents for not missing one day of high school all four years." title="Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill receives a 32-inch flat screen TV donated by Walmart at the request of school resource officer Beau Campbell and $400 from his parents for not missing one day of high school all four years." align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill attended school every day of his high school career &mdash; all 664 days &mdash; and he now has a flat-screen television to show for it.</p> <p> Austin, 18, was the last honoree at the school&rsquo;s awards ceremony May 11 for his accomplishment, and school officials don&rsquo;t remember the last time a student reached this milestone.</p> <p> Austin&rsquo;s 32-inch television comes courtesy of the Evergreen Walmart, which donated the TV at the request of Beau Campbell, the school&rsquo;s resource officer.</p> Radio station will make the move to Argo Gold Mine and Mill http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/radio-station-will-make-move-argo-gold-mine-and-mill <p> It&rsquo;s official: KYGT-FM is moving from its current location to the Argo Gold Mine and Mill.</p> <p> The nonprofit radio station, currently located in a cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs, must move by March 1, 2017, to make room for the expansion of Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park.</p> <p> The new owners of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill are offering the station a rent-free home and are hosting a fund-raiser to facilitate the move from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the historic tourist site.</p>