Today's Features

  • “Love what you do and do what you love.”

    — Ray Bradbury

    Retired Clear Creek High teacher Conradt Fredell willingly gave up his hobbies —woodworking, gardening and music — for seven weeks to return to his other love: teaching.

  • Oct. 29
    Karin Kniedfelt presents wet felting techniques to design and create a warm and soft scarf using merino wool at 5 p.m. at the Georgetown Heritage Center at 809 Taos Street.

  • The mood-altering, atmosphere-warping sounds of club music spilled onto 16th Avenue moments before the Idaho Springs block party started on Sept. 24.

    Surrounded by a group of fellow high-schoolers, 15-year-old disc jockey Josh Reagon tested his equipment while several people in Citizens Park began to dance.

    Josh, a Clear Creek High School sophomore, was recently hired by the city to DJ for the block party. Josh started DJ’ing almost two years ago.

  • Editor’s note: Clear Creek County is home to a budding recreational marijuana industry — an industry that has blossomed statewide since recreational sales became legal on Jan. 1, 2014. Since then, the state has received $76 million in fees and taxes from this burgeoning business. This is the fourth installment of a series that will trace the marijuana process over the next several months from seedling to sale, and will follow the money that flows into state coffers.

  • Idaho Springs resident Amadee Ouellet calls herself a "homeless business owner" who makes and sells artistic wands and hunts mushrooms in the woods.

    In the summer, Ouellet said, she "moves around" — living out of her tent on U.S. Forest Service land. In the winter, when it gets too cold to live in her tent, Ouellet said she lives in a motel where she can pay rent by the week. (People are allowed to camp at a Forest Service site for 14 days, by law.)

  • In the mid-1800s, quilting bees were an important social event, with women chatting and laughing as their sewing needles worked in the fabric.

    Fast-forward to 2015, and the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice angel-making workshops also are important social events, with women chatting and laughing as they spread glue, cut cardboard and prepare handcrafted angels.

    In addition, angel-making helps Mount Evans continue to provide services to area residents.

  • Moments after a raucous, patriotic-themed Clear Creek High School homecoming parade in Idaho Springs on Sept. 11, soldiers, police and state and local officials gathered near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to commemorate the project’s completion and renaming.

    The recently widened and renamed Veterans Memorial Tunnels on Interstate 70, formerly the Twin Tunnels, underwent the name change last year after local veterans took the plan to the state legislature.

  • Following are short profiles of area workers encountered doing their jobs around Clear Creek.

    Fred Nelson, snowplow driver for the Clear Creek County Road and Bridge Department

    If the road is clear of snow and ice the morning after a storm, thank Fred Nelson and the other snowplow drivers at the Clear Creek County Road and Bridge Department.

  • A small army of marching groups, a battalion of vehicles, squadrons of mules and clowns, and thousands of bright-red fezzes gathered early Saturday morning on the north side of Idaho Springs.

  • A Clear Creek County donkey recently captured the prestigious triple crown of burro racing, the first time in 15 years a local animal has held the title.

    Runner George Zack and 18-year-old burro Jack won the 29-mile Burro Days in Fairplay to the summit of Mosquito Pass on July 26; the 12-mile Buena Vista Gold Rush Days Pack Burro Race on Aug. 2; and the 20-mile Boom Days Pack Burro Race in Leadville on Aug. 9.

    For the tenacious donkey and the Broomfield resident, the third time was the charm, having narrowly missed out on the triple crown twice before.