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Carlson Elementary School gained a new member of the staff for the spring semester, one with fur and four legs.
No, Clear Creek County is not shutting down Charlie’s Place Animal Shelter, but it is facing budgetary problems heading into 2023. 
AURORA – The Colorado High School Activities Association and Children’s Hospital combined to bring educational services from the hospital to CHSAA member schools. New Commissioner Mike …
A new Mexican restaurant opened in Georgetown, and the chefs are sure the authentic menu will blow you away. 
Chances are if you’re on social media, you’ve heard of “Dry January,” the trend of giving up alcohol for the first month of the year. According to some Colorado residents, the challenge isn’t new, but it is worth a try. 
When former Colorado High School Activities Association assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann died Jan. 9, Skyview girls basketball coach Chris Kemm summed up the feelings of many who are involved in …
Close to 50 soldiers and airmen from the Colorado National Guard are helping people at emergency warming centers set up at the Denver Colosseum, Denver YMCA, East Boulder Community Centers …
Extreme cold weather expected in the Denver metro area for this week — down to -40 degrees with wind chill from one estimate by the National Weather Service of Denver/Boulder — has prompted the metro area to open various cold weather emergency shelters for the unhoused to come inside. 
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El Rancho reopens after getting liquor license

El Rancho restaurant has reopened.

Thrifting into the new year: Local stores can help you declutter or revamp your home

The new year is a great time to clear clutter from your home or change up decor, and local thrift stores offer ways to do it on a budget.

January is Blood Donors Month, and donations are needed

According to the American Red Cross, the winter months are the most difficult months in which to collect blood donations; that’s why January has been designated as “National Blood Donor’s Month.” 

Clear Creek School District 2022 recap

Clear Creek School District saw exciting change in 2022, with the introduction of the four-day school week, movement toward district goals and emphasis on the learner profile skills: leadership, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, adaptability and character. 

Jumping into 2023: Evergreen Lake Plunge was a cool success

New Year’s Day was a great day to go jump in the lake — Evergreen Lake, that is.

Turning the page: Customers pay tribute to Evergreen's HearthFire Books as it closes

Patrons said goodbye to an old friend recently as they celebrated what HearthFire Books & Treats meant to them over the last 13 years.

Evergreen Trout Unlimited searching for locations to reintroduce greenback cutthroat trout

Members of Evergreen Trout Unlimited want to become trout parents of sorts.

Jeffco sheriff's investigators raising money to help families of fallen police officers

Two Jeffco sheriff’s investigators “be walkin’!” “We be walkin’!” is the slogan of Dee Patterson – known as Deputy Dee in the foothills — and Wendy Fehringer as they prepare to walk 25 miles in two days in February to support the C.O.P.S. Foundation.
CULTURE STORIES

Emotional learning through the fine arts, and how it's helping healthcare workers

For the past 20 years, talk of addressing mental health issues within the healthcare industry circled around without much emphasis. That’s beginning to change, and it’s starting with the fine arts. 

Sock It To 'EM

When two friends joined forces to donate socks to homeless shelters in January 2012, they had no idea it would lead them on a path to creating a nonprofit that has collected nearly one million pairs …

Taking the climb in Denver

Hundreds of the nation’s most elite athletes in indoor rock climbing just had their version of the Super Bowl in Denver. As the Olympic sport expands across the U.S. and Colorado, USA Climbing’s …

Rise of charcuterie has businesses bringing in the cheddar

Traditionally, playing with food has a bad reputation, but the rising popularity of charcuterie boards is changing that by encouraging diners to get creative with endless mix-and-match options.
LIFE
Life
The Clear Creek Courant wants to publish your love story
Calling all writers, poets and lovers: During the month of February the Clear Creek Courant is accepting submissions for the “I love you 100” column, which will feature reader submitted stories of love in 100 words or less. 
Library check it out: Discover more at your Clear Creek County library
The Clear Creek County Library District empowers our community through literacy, human connection and equal access to resources. Connect with a librarian today to learn more.
New members of guild share art
Eighteen artists have joined the longtime Littleton Fine Arts Guild in the past year and the organization features their works in a new exhibit, through March 5. The LFAG operates the historic Depot …
Award-winning author to speak with readers
Arapahoe Libraries announces that award-winning author Kristin Hannah will speak via Zoom with readers at 6 p.m. on Jan 19. Her popular title, “The Nightingale,” is scheduled for early 2023 film …
A musical reflection of 2022
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m extremely glad this year is over. 2022 may well go down as the most challenging of my life, and since we’re still living through the aftershocks of a global …
NYE options for every kind of partier
Celebrating the new year can be a tricky proposition — some people really love going out and doing a big party with lots of folks, music and lights. For others, it’s a quiet night in with a few …
Arts, Culture, Music

Northglenn celebrates Betty grace Gibson

For the late Betty grace Gibson, being a self-taught artist didn’t mean never taking an art class or workshop. As her daughter, Linda Drumm, recalls, being self-taught meant was taking things she …

Denver doughs: 2 young pastry chefs create out-of-this-world culinary experience

Space dinosaurs. Project 626. Murder by the Campfire.   This is not a list of the internet’s latest conspiracy theories, but rather the creations of Black Box Bakery, a space-themed …
SPORTS
SPORTS

Empty seat reminds Fort Lupton coach of more than basketball

Someone is missing from the Fort Lupton High School boys basketball team bench this season. Coach Jim Roedel knows exactly whose clipboard occupies an empty seat and who his team salutes after every …

Guanella Pass closes for the season

Clear Creek County announced on Nov. 28 the closure of Guanella Pass Scenic Byway for the winter season. 

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.

Hainey, Stroia capture top spots in Brighton's annual turkey trot

A thousand or so runners and walkers turned out in subfreezing temperatures Nov. 19 for Brighton's annual turkey trot. The event, which was a qualifier for next spring's Boulder Bolder race, was …

Small-town football: A different game, a different level of interest

STRATTON – On the Eastern Plains, football is a special breed of cat. Or eagle, as the case may be. Tucked away north of Interstate 70, an hour or so east of Limon and two or so stops …

Officials’ pay for local schools contains a number of variables 

High-school officials’ fees are among the lowest among nearby states, according to Riverdale Ridge athletic director Aaron Reisen.  The pay scale depends on the level of game (junior …

Big send-off for Thimmig student, big Tampa Bay Bucs fan w/video

THORNTON – Members of the Brighton, Commerce City and Thornton police departments were on hand at Thimmig Elementary School Nov. 3. Students from all three 27J Schools’ high schools …
VOICES
VOICES

Letter: News to celebrate!

I am the new President of Scraps-to-Soil (S2S), a 501C3 non-profit with the mission to inspire sustainable lifestyles in Clear Creek County and want to tell you about what we have been up to with our programs.

Letter: Let’s re-elect George Marlin

George Marlin has served Clear Creek County well and should be re-elected as County Commissioner. 

Letter: Our elected Board of Education is doing a great job!

Our elected school board for Clear Creek Schools is effectively exercising their fiduciary responsibility and representing our community voices as evidenced in the recent public work session focused on the taxpayer funded renovation to the previous middle school building on Highway 103.

Letter: New School Design: Will they Listen?

The meeting at Carlson Elementary about the New Elementary School on Highway 103 appeared okay on the surface but will the school district really listen? The attendance was not big because I hear many Clear Creek citizens think the decisions have already been made.

Letter: Use part of Building 103 for early childhood education

Clear Creek urgently needs more child care options for families and the school district now has an opportunity to help meet that need.  
Columnists
Column: Friends and family
A close friend once quipped that family is the reason we have friends. On the surface, the line comes across as a dig at family with its sometimes fractious relationships and challenging dynamics.
Column: Saying it and praying it
By now most of us have heard what happened to the Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, during a Monday Night Football game on Jan. 2. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after making a tackle against a …
Column: Happy New Year from your Clear Creek Courant reporter
Hi Clear Creek, reporter Olivia Jewell Love here. It’s been a lovely first few months as your local newspaper reporter with the Clear Creek Courant. 
Go deep sea diving at the DMNS
Despite all the oceanic exploration humans have done over the years, it remains a largely unknown and mysterious place. But visitors to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s new exhibit, …
Column: Lawns require special care in winter
Winter lawn care for a wide variety of turfgrasses slightly differs from that of spring, summer and fall. Your lawn is no longer in the active growing season. In fact, most warm season lawns go dormant around this time.
Column: Redefining “birdbrain”
In 1963, Jane Goodall stated, “In modifying a natural object to make it suitable for a specific purpose — the chimpanzee has reached the first crude beginnings of tool making.”
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