http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Sugar buzz http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/sugar-buzz <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-4-hrockets01-cb-072915.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> Ambrosia Freeman, 7, and Tristan Dhyne, 8, open their mouths to catch Mentos and soda pop falling from the sky, after launching rockets during the Explore 4-H Summer Camp in Georgetown Park on Monday.</p> Commissioner Buckland resigns as board chair over school funding issue http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/commissioner-buckland-resigns-board-chair-over-school-funding-issue <p> County Commissioner Phil Buckland resigned&nbsp;unexpectedly as board chair Tuesday after failing to convince his two&nbsp;fellow commissioners to support him on a school district funding issue.</p> <p> County commissioners decide what percent of money from U.S. Forest Service receipts goes to Clear Creek School District every year. By law, 25 percent of Forest Service receipts goes to the county road and bridge department, 25 percent to the school district and 50 percent is discretionary.</p> Residents concerned about sport shooting on public lands http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/residents-concerned-about-sport-shooting-public-lands <p> Old Squaw Pass Roadresident David Grasso is worried enough about sport shooting on public land near his home that he&#39;s thinking about moving away.</p> <p> &quot;I don&#39;t want to sit at my kitchen table and get hit by a bullet,&quot; Grasso told a reporter. &quot;It&#39;s kinda dangerous here. I&#39;ve lived here 40 years, and I&#39;ve had it.&quot;</p> Echo Mountain to open to the public this winter http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/echo-mountain-open-public-winter <p> Officials plan to open the currently private ski area on Squaw Pass Road to the public on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.</p> <p> The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club to practice since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.</p> Alpine Rescue Team has a busy week in Clear Creek http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/alpine-rescue-team-has-busy-week-clear-creek <p> The Alpine Rescue Team has had a busy week.</p> <p> Sunday evening, members of the volunteer rescue group reached a woman with a broken ankle on the remote Goose Creek Trail, which is accessed from Pine. Rescuers carried the woman 4 1/2 miles to the Goose Creek trailhead.</p> Empire residents experiencing brownish water during filter upgrade http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/empire-residents-experiencing-brownish-water-during-filter-upgrade <p> Empire residents have experienced brownish water coming from their water pipes for several weeks as the town fixes a broken pump and upgrades its filtration system.</p> <p> Some residents have expressed frustration because they don&rsquo;t know when the off-color tap water will return to normal. A notice sent to residents said the water is safe to drink and is being monitored regularly.</p> <p> Mayor Wendy Koch stressed that the water is not unhealthy nor does it have bacteria, but the town has increased the amount of chlorine in it as a precaution.</p> Director of Mount Evans Hospice to step down http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/director-mount-evans-hospice-step-down <p> Well-loved Evergreen administrator Kathy Engel has announced plans to step down soon from her post as executive director of Mount Evans Home Health Care &amp; Hospice.</p> <p> Tremendous changes in the health-care industry &mdash; especially declining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements &mdash; influenced her decision to step down, Engel said in an interview. She plans to stay as long as it takes to find a new leader for the nonprofit group, possibly through November.</p> Loevlie receives Clear Creek's lifetime achievement award http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/loevlie-receives-clear-creeks-lifetime-achievement-award <p> In many ways, volunteers are the lifeblood of Clear Creek County.</p> <p> Look at Cheryl Holmberg, for example, who was named volunteer of the year at the annual Clear Creek Nonprofit Awards Luncheon on July 14 at the Georgetown Community Center. Holmberg started the Clear Creek County Rock House, a place for teenagers. Holmberg was honored for her mentoring and tutoring programs for teens, as well as the events she has organized for them.</p>