Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • A trip to Disneyland is pretty special for most kids, but it was ultra-special for Clear Creek High School student Libby Blum.

    Libby, who just turned 16, visited Disneyland with her moms courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which arranges experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Her wish was to hug Chewbacca, an 8-foot-tall, hairy Wookiee from “Star Wars.”

  • With the boundless energy of a 6-year-old, Steven Hanners zoomed through the house, racing around the legs of the adults, occasionally giving out hugs and thoroughly exploring his new home.

    His excitement was shared by his grandparents, Cheri Brown and John Caldwell, who stood in the living room of their Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity house in Empire during a dedication ceremony Dec. 1.

    The three-bedroom house at 64 S. Avery St. is the first of eight Habitat houses planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

  • Most people see a chair as merely a place to sit. For Jonathan Gerspach, though, a single chair can represent hours of work — designing, measuring, building, crafting and finishing.

    Gerspach, a Clear Creek County resident, is a woodworker and furniture craftsman, and his passion for the work is demonstrated by his dedication to it. Each week, he spends 60 to 80 hours building custom furniture: headboards, tables, benches, desks, pergolas, chairs and dressers.

  • Brett Dhieux believes in helping those who have served.

    On Veterans Day, Dhieux stood outside the United Center in Idaho Springs greeting the small crowd filing into pews for the annual ceremony.

    Dhieux is a patrol deputy with the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, a former firefighter and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

    Dhieux’s grandfather and uncle served in the Navy, and in 1987 he decided that if he was going to join up, then it had better be the Navy as well.

  • Imagine that you don’t know how to use a smart phone. Or are unsure how how to “Google” something on the Internet. Or you can’t open Microsoft Word to type this sentence.

    Some people reading this don’t have to imagine.

    A fair portion of seniors, both in Evergreen and nationwide, never learned those computer skills, and are now at a disadvantage in the workforce because of it.

    However, Evergreen Christian Outreach is working to change that.

  • To get his students’ attention, Rabbi Jamie Arnold starts singing a catchy, simple song. Within a few seconds, the 20 or so classmates interrupt their conversations and join in. Then the group pauses for reflection.

    “Take a breath like it’s your first,” Arnold tells them. “Enjoy the breath like it’s your last.”

  • Halloween 2016’s final act played out in Idaho Springs on Saturday afternoon, featuring a cast of hundreds, dramatic staging, plenty of prop comedy, full-audience participation, and what was arguably the year’s best performance by a chicken.

  • Once upon a time, people found a mystical forest near their town. No matter what they threw into the forest — beer cans, televisions, couches, animal carcasses — it all magically disappeared. The forest seemed to swallow everything the townspeople dumped there.

    To their chagrin, local residents have found the magical portal where all this trash has spewed out — at various turnouts along Squaw Pass Road. And, on Oct. 26, they gathered to clean up these illegal dumping sites.

  • Editor’s note: Three volunteers with the Alpine Rescue Team have reached the milestone this year of serving on 1,000 missions. This is the first time since the team’s creation in 1959 that any of its 800 members has reached this landmark. Of the 80 or so current members of the team, the closest will not reach 1,000 missions for another four years. For the average member of Alpine Rescue, it will take 20 years to come close. This story is the final installment of a three-part series profiling these volunteers.