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Increased calls, lack of resources and unanswered cries for help. Inside Clear Creek’s mental health crisis.

In the midst of a pandemic that has caused a public health crisis the world over, a mental health crisis has worsened in parallel nationally and across Colorado — and Clear Creek county has been no exception.

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Commissioner updates and toxic mine waste, fire ban, county electric vehicle plan

Rapidgrass Festival slated to return to Idaho Springs

The strings will be twanging, the beer flowing and the tunes fast for the Rapidgrass Bluegrass Festival in Idaho Springs Aug. 20.

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Joe Merritt, who runs the OMEGA youth group, and Amanda Hart, a therapist hired by Resilience1220, waiting for kids to arrive.

OMEGA Youth Group Continues at Idaho Springs Public Library

The quiet back room of the Idaho Springs public library turns lively once a month with the loud voices of excited 12 year-olds talking, eating and learning.
Studies look at what causes the AC unit to use so much energy.

Researchers figured out why air conditioners consume so much energy

This just in from the laboratory: When it comes to the air conditioner chugging away in the window, it’s not the heat — but the humidity that’s causing it to work overtime. An analysis by …
Heavy rain means the chance of driving through a puddle or two. Such was the case Aug. 16 near Santa Fe Drive and West Mississippi Avenue. The heavy rain was a continuation of monsoon rain from Aug. 15. Some areas of town got 3 inches of rain. The rain gauge at the airport measured 0.1 of an inch.

A rite of summer

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommended COVID re-vaccinations for as many as 700 doses administered earlier this year. One of the affected clinics was the Colorado Family Clinic, 4990 Kipling St. in Wheat Ridge.

State recommends COVID re-vaccinations for some

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommended COVID re-vaccinations for as many as 700 doses administered earlier this year.
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Coming Attractions

CinemaQ aims to unite, enlighten

There’s never been an entirely safe time to live life as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but some historical moments are more difficult than others. But no matter what the national mood is, its …
Actor Collin Quinn Rice in Denver-based OddKnock productions' "From on High."

Far from the darkened theater

Any great work of art is immersive — what differentiates these classics to what immersive art is seen as today is a matter of purpose and choice.
Resilience1220 art therapists running arts and crafts at the Teen Takeover Festival on August 4 at Shelly/Quinn Fields in Idaho Springs

Teen Takeover Festival makes root beer splash

Music, paint and root beer was enjoyed Aug. 4 at Shelly/Quinn fields for the aptly named Teen Takeover Festival.
Community Voices

Letter: Ideas for Library/Carlson Courtyard Park

The recent rejection of the $350,000 bid for landscape planting at the historic downtown Idaho Springs Library by the City of Idaho Springs would be better spent toward a more comprehensive Library Park with a“bigger picture” design tying it into the new building replacing Carlson Elementary with a new entry Courtyard on the southeast side of the building.

Column: Will salmon finally win this year?

For the last 35 years I’ve been covering what we call the “salmon wars” in the Pacific Northwest, writing so many stories about salmon heading toward extinction that I’ve lost count.
Coming Attractions

Let your ‘Hair’ down at Miners Alley

As Mark Twain once (supposedly) wrote, “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Miners Alley Playhouse is proving that’s true with its summer production of the rock and roll …

Column: Discover more at your Clear Creek County Library

Library programs are ALWAYS free!
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