Today's Features

  • For the second year, the Clear Creek rec center is sponsoring the running-based youth development program Girls on the Run starting March 8.

    The after-school program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks and is open to any girl in the county in third- through fifth-grade. It focuses on empowerment and fitness, culminating in a 5K run.

    Retired Carlson teacher Anne-Marie Schmidt volunteered to coach the program last year and was so impressed that she decided to do it again this year.

  • A storefront in Empire is filled with the crisp and precise sounds of dozens of antique clocks.

    They whirl, turn, move and keep time in a variety of clever ways. And the ticking, tocking, clicking and clacking create a cadence that is music to Jon Hathcock’s ears.

    With more than 20 years in the clock repair business, Hathcock loves to disassemble and restore the silver and brass structures created to measure time.

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    Aug. 14

    All People Considered on KYGT-FM will interview Tracy Stokes, Idaho Springs councilwoman, on Aug. 14. The show airs at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and repeats at 3 p.m. Sundays. The station is at 102.7 or 103.9, or stream it at www. clearcreekradio.com. The guest on Aug. 14 will be Jimy Murphy, West Evergreen resident.


  • With perseverance, enthusiasm and a plucky little four-wheel-drive robot, the Clear Creek High School Robotics Team is headed to the state championships the last weekend in February.

    Last Thursday the team C2 Botz met in a classroom to tinker with its robot in preparation for the prestigious FIRST Tech Challenge state competition.

  • Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series about the growing senior population in the mountain area.

    Depending on whom you ask, the baby boom generation either popularized self-indulgence or helped create a more egalitarian America. But whether rotten or visionary, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 isn’t a kid anymore, and its final chapter promises changes and challenges to match any that have come before.

  • With dark, early-morning shadows still clinging to the buildings in Idaho Springs, a handful of people crowd into the small kitchen, roll up their sleeves and get to work.

    Today’s menu consists of barbecued country-style pork ribs, succotash, cornbread and peach cobbler.

    Employees and volunteers cook, clean, organize and prepare for the Volunteers of America Meals on Wheels program in the Project Support Senior Center on Miner Street.

  • It wasn't just a Jeep. It was a Jeep with teeth, and as it came around the corner of the racetrack on Georgetown Lake, its spiked tires went into a sideways slide, sending a spectacular 10-foot wave of ice into the chilly air.

    Nearly 30 other drivers, in vehicles of all shapes and sizes, eagerly awaited a similar turn on the ice track during the Our Gang ice-racing club's fun day on Friday. The event was open to the public, and gave die-hard ice-racing enthusiasts and beginners a chance to test their mettle on the slick surface.

  • Several hundred balloons waited in a net high above 30 pint-size New Year’s Eve revelers at the Idaho Springs rec center on Dec. 31.

    The balloons were ready to be released at the age-appropriate strike of noon. With minutes to go on the clock, the students hula-hooped, danced and took “tourist” photos in front of a poster of New York City’s Times Square.

    The festivities took place under the direction of the rec center’s after-school program director, Nicole McGrath.

  • (Reprinted from Dec. 30, 2014)

    The birdfeeder below my window is still bringing a variety of birds into view. One of these is the tiny, beloved pygmy nuthatch. Almost daily, a few of these tiny guys are busy gleaning the ponderosa pine above the feeder, gathering insects, which keeps the pines healthy as well as the birds.

  • The Courant takes a look back at the local stories that made headlines in the past year.

    Highway 103 bridge over I-70 quietly reopens

    An expanded Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs reopened late in February 2015 without fanfare.

    The bridge at Exit 240 — a major access point into Idaho Springs from Interstate 70 — closed Oct. 19, 2014, and was closed for about 120 days through the holiday season, angering local business owners and officials.