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Today's Features

  • 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 third installment of a series that is tracing the marijuana process from seedling to sale, and will follow the money that flows into state coffers.

  • A little rain didn’t dampen the spirit of a driver inside an earth-shaking ‘32 Ford Roadster — or, for that matter, the spirits of any of the classic-car connoisseurs at Friday’s third annual Hot Rod Hill Climb in Georgetown.

    The two-day event drew about 100 hot-rod enthusiasts from across the country. The re-enactment pays tribute to the original Hot Rod Hill Climb races of 1953 and 1954 on Guanella Pass.

  • Robert Marlin — a man called a "living legend among the emergency medical services community" in Clear Creek County — died on Saturday, Aug. 1.

    He was 63.

    Kelly Flenniken, Marlin's daughter, said her dad was very committed to the mountain community, from his work at the ambulance service and coaching daughter Cameron's Little League teams when she was younger, to volunteering on the Loveland Ski Area ski patrol. His grandchildren, Phoebe and Piper Flenniken, meant the world to him, she said.

  • Following a missing hiker’s scent as it moves through the air is something 7-year-old Hiydn does well.

    Set loose to run through the wilderness, the black Labrador retriever homes in on someone needing help, then returns to her handler, Jeff Sparhawk, to lead a rescue team back.

    This is not unlike a highly trained version of Lassie alerting the homestead that Timmy fell into a well.

    When someone needs rescuing in Clear Creek County’s wilderness, the Alpine Rescue Team is often the first called.

  • For 5 miles I ran through mud and a torrential downpour in my work clothes, one white-knuckled hand gripping the lead rope for a burro named Jack.

    It was a Monday evening, and I was in training for the 14th annual burro race in Idaho Springs, and it was my third burro racing class at Bill Lee's ranch southwest of town.

    Saying it was challenging was like saying the sun is hot. But as Captain Kirk once blithely informed Mr. Spock of his reason for doing something extremely difficult: "Because it's there."

  • Editors note: This is the fourth and final part in a series interviewing Clear Creek residents who want to bring aspects of farming and agriculture into their homes and backyards. Sometimes called “backyard homesteaders,” they are looking to be more self-sufficient and are raising everything from ducks to bees.

    Bugs, plants, fish and worms populate the thriving ecosystem at Adam Ledoux’s house in Empire.

  • A member of the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge has been named district Elk of the Year for the first time in recent memory.

    Cindy Teuling, an Idaho Springs native and police department employee, recently received the honor, which recognizes her commitment to both the Elks Lodge and the community.

  • Folks who love to ride the rapids in Clear Creek haven’t had this much fun in years.

    Heavy rains and snowmelt on high have led to a big boost in business at rafting companies in Clear Creek County in recent weeks. Water levels in Clear Creek are running 25 to 30 percent higher this year than last year at the same time, said Brandon Gonski, general manager at AVA Rafting.

  • "Swimmers," each wearing two wetsuits, gloves, life vests, helmets and fins, plied the waters of a raging Clear Creek at Lawson Whitewater Park on Saturday to help volunteers train for future water rescues.

    To kick off the exercises, a team of two "swimmers" jumped in the water slightly above the whitewater park. As they were swept downstream, rescuers along the shore threw ropes to them and pulled them in. 

  • Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series interviewing Clear Creek residents who want to bring aspects of farming and agriculture into their backyards. Sometimes called “backyard homesteaders,” they are looking to be more self-sufficient and are raising everything from ducks to bees.

    It’s hard to say how it first started, but chickens, geese, ducks, pheasants, turkeys, quail, horses, mules and most recently peacocks have made their way to the McNeil home.