Today's Features

  • By Lisa McIntyre
    For the Courant

    Smoking a cigarette, Thad Kosse slowly circles a table on a downtown Georgetown sidewalk, hoping passersby will stop to admire the artwork that helped change his life.    

  • Back to school time offers an excellent opportunity to introduce or reinforce healthy habits for yourself, as well as your entire family. Here are some ideas to keep you and your family’s health a high priority.

    Elementary school-age kids

  • Editor's note: This is the first in a series about the women volunteers of the Clear Creek Fire Authority. There are more than 40 volunteer firefighters in the county; 10 are women.

    Krystle Neves was a victim of a house fire before she moved to Clear Creek County and became a volunteer firefighter.

    Neves was living in South Carolina several years ago when the fire occurred.

    "I lost seven pets and pretty much everything I owned," she said.

  • Outside, under a clear night sky, one could see the soft yellow light flowing out of The Barn’s eye-catching stained-glass windows. A faint smell of pizza and barbecue, and the distant strum of music, filled Evergreen Memorial Park.

    A few steps inside The Barn, one was greeted with a blast of energy, boot-stomping, and cheers and smiles from friends, neighbors and strangers.

  • Clear Creek veterans recently honored local Daryl Betts a month after he was recognized by the consul general of South Korea for his service in the Korean War.

    Betts and other Korean War veterans from Colorado received the Ambassador for Peace Medal on Dec. 21 from the consulate, which represents South Korea, and Betts was recognized again by the Idaho Springs American Legion.

    The Ambassador for Peace Medal is given by South Korea to U.S. soldiers who served in the Korean War.

  • A commemorative Mass marking the 100th anniversary of a fire that destroyed Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Georgetown was held Jan. 2.

    A spark from the noon train on Jan. 2, 1917, set fire to the roof of the rectory on the northeast side of town. High winds soon spread the flames to the church. Parishioners carried out statues and paintings before the building became an inferno and its roof fell in.

    The building, at 9th and Taos streets, has been the congregation’s home since 1919.

  • From the unexpected death of a county commissioner to the long-sought deal to bring a clinic to the county, there was no shortage of news in Clear Creek in 2016. Following is a recap of some of those stories.

    Tom Hayden dies at age 60

    Clear Creek County Commissioner Tom Hayden, 60, died of natural causes Feb. 29 at his home near Upper Bear Creek Road.

    Hayden was completing his first four-year term as a commissioner and was planning to run for re-election as an unaffiliated candidate.

  • A Clear Creek couple are trying to provide an incentive for middle school and high school students to do their best every quarter.

    Ed and Shirley Smith, 51-year residents of Clear Creek County and owners of two casinos in Black Hawk, have for years provided $5 for every A that seventh- through 12th-graders earn each quarter in core classes: math, science, English and social studies.

    Each student has the potential to earn up to $20 a quarter or $80 a year. Generally, about 240 of the 365 students in the high school and middle school earn rewards.

  • As a group of volunteers tramped through the snow with their dogged companions, it was an hour of whining and barking. And that was just the humans.

    For the third month in a row, members of the Idaho Springs rec center’s hiking group have participated in “Hike with a Shelter Dog” at Charlie’s Place in Dumont. The shelter hosts this program for the hikers and any other volunteers who want to join on the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m.

    According to shelter manager Sue LeBarron, the event is a win-win situation.

  • The sanctuary at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Idaho Springs has a few seasonal additions — a cloth depicting the town of Bethlehem under the altar, purple banners on either side of the tabernacle, and a wreath with four candles.

    The whole scene calls to mind the word the ancient Romans used: “adventus,” or arrival.

    In the weeks preceding Christmas, Catholics around the world — along with other Christian denominations — celebrate the season of Advent, a time of spiritual preparation before Jesus “arrives.”