Today's Features

  • Last month, nearly a dozen sturdy men of the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office put down their razors and picked up the country-wide No-Shave November gauntlet to benefit Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

  • Clear Creek seventh-grader Isis Wales will have a chance to show off her musical ability in a big way with the Colorado middle school all-state choir.

    Isis tried out for and was the only Clear Creek Middle School student accepted into the prestigious choir performance, which showcases the talents of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

    Six Carlson Elementary sixth-graders are in their second year of performing in the all-state choir.

  • Once a month, Scott Courson takes a break from corporate America by helping out at Carlson Elementary School.

    Last Friday, he helped a kindergartner read in Kathy Lewis’ classroom.

    Courson is among 25 local dads who volunteer at the school as part of the recently started Watch D.O.G.S. program, or Dads of Great Students. The program is a national effort to bring more fathers into schools.

    Carlson social worker Lauren Courtney said the program has become a surprise hit among fathers, students and teachers.

  • Clear Creek exchange student Madelyn Fahnline woke the morning of Nov. 14 and saw dozens of messages on her phone from friends and family asking if she was OK.

    The high school junior is staying with a host family in Lorraine in northeastern France about 90 minutes from Paris. The previous night, extremists had killed 129 people in a series of coordinated attacks across Paris.

  • With a cloud of dust billowing behind her, Deb Zack drove her black Jeep along the narrow dirt roads high above Idaho Springs. She navigated the sketchy dirt lanes on the north side of Virginia Canyon with familiarity.

    Zack is a project manager and reclamation specialist with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety’s inactive mine program.

    And she’s been quite busy.

    It’s estimated that Clear Creek County has some 3,000 inactive mines, with 22,000 abandoned mines in the state.

  • Looking to escape the small town where she grew up and see the world, Tina Barber-Matthew joined the Air Force in 1989.

    What she described as a fairly normal office job in the military changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001. In the subsequent years leading up to her retirement in 2011, Barber-Matthew, 48, deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Sometimes under fire, the mother of two young children worked with translators and taught American-style journalism to Afghani reporters.

  • Feb. 10, 11
    The Carlson Elementary School book fair is on: Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the Book Fair online at bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/carlsonelementaryschool5.

  • After warming up by dancing like angry leprechauns, it was time for the serious business of rehearsing the works of William Shakespeare.

    Well, maybe not quite so serious.

    On Oct. 28, Clear Creek High School students practiced their lines for the fall production of "I Hate Shakespeare!" The play is a parody of the works of the legendary bard, yet the cast also hopes it serves as a gateway to his more famous works.

  • Every morning before Steven Zacharias comes to work, he walks 2 miles up Guanella Pass to get ready for his day, which entails walking around Idaho Springs.

    “I just got in the habit of doing it when I first moved here,” Zacharias said. “It gets my day started. I get a clear head. … I like to get the cobwebs out first thing in the morning.”

    Zacharias, Idaho Springs’ new code compliance officer, spends much of his day moving at a brisk pace through the city’s streets and alleys.

  • Classes at the Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs offer a hands-on experience for the estimated 250 Colorado School of Mines students who attend each semester.

    Most of the students who come to the mine these days are majoring in petroleum engineering, while the mine was originally built to produce gold and silver. But the skills the students learn and the projects they work on at the mine are similar to what they’ll need in their own industry, according to School of Mines professor Bill Eustes.