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Today's Features

  • At the convention of Colorado’s “Do Nothing Party,” the villain A. Beast — pronounced “best”; the “a” is silent — enters to boos and hisses, and proclaims that he is “one of the convention plotters — I mean, planners.”

    These are only a few of the amusing moments that pervade the melodrama “Peril at the Polls.”

  • 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 part one of a three-part series profiling these volunteers.

     

  • Making snow is a science.

    Since the beginning of October, Bobby Babeon has tirelessly coordinated seven snowmaking guns around the clock to prepare the slopes of Loveland Ski Area for the 2016-17 season.

    Babeon, Loveland’s trail maintenance and snowmaking manager, and his crew are carefully monitoring the temperature and the humidity. If it is 28 degrees and fairly dry, the guns act like giant snowmaking sprinklers.

  • Teachers at Clear Creek High School/Middle School participated in a yoga class on Friday — clearing their minds and creating a sense of calm — before spending the day catching up on their work while students enjoyed a day off.

    Principal Elizabeth Gardner said the class’ purpose was twofold: to help teachers find some internal balance — as they typically spend their days interacting with students and parents — and to provide a fun activity for the staff to do together.

  • Between the circus performers, face-painting, bouncy houses, snow cones, music and more, Dynamite Days attendees enjoyed the pleasant weather and family-friendly fun in downtown Idaho Springs on Saturday.

    The Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted the fourth annual Dynamite Days, with five musical acts, 26 vendors and an expected attendance of 500 to 700.

    Chamber executive director Phyllis Adams said the event earned its explosive moniker because it was started during the widening of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels on I-70.

  • Listen to music. Fish in the stream. Roll in a giant Zorb ball. Pan for gold. Climb a rock wall. Play with the snow. What can’t one do in or around Clear Creek?

  • With help from a small army of volunteers and after more than two months of searching, Matt Vogler was reunited with his missing dog, Rue, early Saturday morning.

    Rue disappeared under mysterious circumstances July 5 from Vogler’s Tributary at 244 restaurant at the base of Floyd Hill. When he was found Friday, Rue was dirty, living on his own and wearing the tags of another dog named Dexter.

  • Small but mighty is the best way to describe the Clear Creek High School homecoming parade on Friday.

    With about 30 entries featuring floats, homecoming royalty and sports teams, the parade took seven minutes to move down Miner Street in Idaho Springs to the Golddiggers football field. Students threw silly string, confetti, candy and mini-flying discs into the crowd lining the road. The parade was followed by a pep rally at the field.

  • Volunteers are coming to Empire from across the county and the country to build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

    Last week people worked tirelessly to build a new home for a family of three. The house is one of eight planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

    County resident and Australian native Bill Walker was perched at the top of a ladder finishing up a project as other volunteers headed for lunch.

  • Residents and visitors may spot “chain gangs” working to clean up and repair trails throughout Clear Creek County.

    On Sunday, a handful of the county jail’s occupants gathered under the close supervision of deputies to work on the Silver Creek Trail, which goes from Saxon Mountain in Georgetown to Dumont and runs parallel to Interstate 70.