http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Thrills on the hill at new adventure park http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/thrills-hill-new-adventure-park <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-lawsonadventurepark01-cb-062216.jpg" alt="Anthony Cordova, 10, makes his way through the eight-element Challenge Course last Thursday during the soft opening of the Lawson Adventure Park." title="Anthony Cordova, 10, makes his way through the eight-element Challenge Course last Thursday during the soft opening of the Lawson Adventure Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In addition to rafting, thrill seekers visiting Clear Creek can now climb a cliff, navigate a towering rope obstacle course or toss themselves head first into a giant transparent hamster wheel and go barreling down a mountainside.</p> <p> The new attractions are part of the recently opened Lawson Adventure Park, which aims to attract families and people interested in taking their recreation beyond being strapped into a roller-coaster.</p> <p> Last week the new park had a soft opening as the final touches were put on the grounds and construction began on seven cabins.</p> Arvada man accused of setting girlfriend on fire http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/arvada-man-accused-setting-girlfriend-fire <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vasquez_mug.jpg" alt="John Anthony Vasquez" title="John Anthony Vasquez" align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> An Arvada man has been arrested on suspicion of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire while camping with the woman and her two sons in the Arapaho National Forest.</p> <p> Christina Archuleta-Blasier was airlifted to the University of Colorado Hospital&#39;s burn unit Friday morning after a 911 call was made from the remote campsite in the Barbour Forks area southwest of Idaho Springs.</p> <p> Archuleta-Blasier was listed in critical condition Tuesday with third-degree burns on 60 percent of her upper body.</p> Board wants to head off turmoil in schools http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/board-wants-head-turmoil-schools <p> Members of the Clear Creek school board wondered at a study session last Thursday what they could do to ensure that schools they oversee are not in turmoil.</p> <p> The discussion came about after district Superintendent Roslin Marshall updated them on a consultant who is helping King-Murphy administrators, teachers and parents work through issues that have created a negative climate at the school.</p> Man dies after kayak capsizes at Georgetown Lake http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/man-dies-after-kayak-capsizes-georgetown-lake-0 <p> <span>A 30-year-old man died after his kayak capsized at Georgetown Lake on Saturday evening.</span></p> <p> <span>A Georgetown police officer was the first to respond to a 911 call and entered the water, but the victim was too far from shore for a safe rescue, according to a news release from the Clear Creek Sheriff&rsquo;s Office. The victim was identified as Francisco Joseph Martinez.</span></p> Youngsters help retire American flags http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/youngsters-help-retire-american-flags <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-flag1.jpg" alt="Tavien Woods, 11, makes the first cut on the 60-foot American flag during its retirement ceremony." title="Tavien Woods, 11, makes the first cut on the 60-foot American flag during its retirement ceremony." align="left" hspace="6" width="135" height="85" /><p> Working as methodically as possible, 11-year-old Tavien Woods cut the first strip off a 60-foot American flag.</p> <p> Friends followed his lead, and they reduced the giant flag to pieces that could be put into a fire and burned in the hot summer air.</p> Officials honor work of Clear Creek EMS http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/officials-honor-work-clear-creek-ems <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-orlando2.jpg" alt="School board member Joseph O&#039;Leary presented Clear Creek EMS director Nicolena Johnson with a certificate of appreciation for participating in a mass-shooter exercise at the high school in the spring." title="School board member Joseph O&#039;Leary presented Clear Creek EMS director Nicolena Johnson with a certificate of appreciation for participating in a mass-shooter exercise at the high school in the spring." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> The recent mass shooting in Orlando was on everyone&#39;s mind when the county commissioners and a school board member recognized the work of Clear Creek EMS at a commission meeting June 14.</p> <p> School board member Joseph O&#39;Leary presented Clear Creek EMS director Nicolena Johnson with a certificate of appreciation for participating in a mass-shooter exercise at the high school in the spring.</p> <p> &quot;We hope this would never happen,&quot; O&#39;Leary said. &quot;It shows that our emergency-service providers are prepared for this eventuality.&quot;</p> Commission candidate focused on county finances http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/commission-candidate-focused-county-finances <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-seanwood-062216.jpg" alt="Sean Wood." title="Sean Wood." align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><p> County commission candidate Sean Wood says the county needs to continue to tighten its belt to prepare for an economic future without the Henderson Mine.</p> <p> The Evergreen resident, financial adviser and longtime volunteer with the Evergreen Fire Department is running for the District 2 commission seat in November&#39;s election.</p> <p> The District 2 position is currently held by former school board president Peter Monson, who was appointed in March by the governor to fill the late Tom Hayden&#39;s seat. Monson is not running for election.</p> Cops nab suspects in burglary attempt http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cops-nab-suspects-burglary-attempt <p> Law enforcement pursued a man and woman on Friday that ended in their arrest near the Rocky Mountain Easter Seals Camp in Empire.</p> <p> Cody Travis Werth, 19, was arrested in connection with a series of charges including first-degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief, attempted vehicle theft and reckless endangerment.</p> <p> Charges are pending against the woman, Corbin Arens, 34.</p> <p> Police received a call of a man and woman attempting to steal from a Jeep near mile marker 17.2 on Guanella Pass.</p>