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Approaching Murray Lake on the Silver Dollar Lake trail reveals the entire valley, with Naylor Lake below, and Silver Dollar Lake itself to the right.

Clear Creek featured hike: Silver Dollar Lake

It was almost high noon when I started the Silver Dollar Lake trail. A bright summer day, the sun cast the forest in extreme contrast, with sharp shadows from the trees falling over each other, the green pines highlighted and vibrant, the trail itself vividly lit from the sun beating straight down from above, and all with the surprising sound of a running stream just off trail.

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A snowy egret eats at Wheat Ridge's Prospect Park in May 2021.

June Wildlife Photo Page: Hummingbirds, Songbirds and Waterfowl

In honor of Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s 125th anniversary this year, the Clear Creek Courant and the Canyon Courier will have a monthly photo page celebrating the state’s amazing wildlife and parks. Each page will celebrate a different local animal or group of animals, including fun facts provided by CPW. For June, the mountain newspapers are celebrating Colorado’s hummingbirds, songbirds and waterfowl.
Holly Grant, the program coordinator for the Clear Creek County library district, explains how to paint sea-lanterns during week 3 of their the summer reading program at the Idaho Springs public library.

Clear Creek Library District’s Summer Reading Program in full swing

“It’s nice to be in-person this summer.”

Jacob Meyer grinding on a feature set up on Miner Street for Clear Creek Recreation District’s “Street Takeover” event.

City Council approves creating a conceptual design for Idaho Springs skatepark

Wheels of all sorts, but mostly skateboard wheels, took over Miner Street in Idaho Springs on June 21. 
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Asking the hard questions at the Benchmark Theatre

It is an unfortunate truth that some topics will always be relevant, no matter how many decades (or centuries) pass. Questions of race and identity are near the top of this list, and as we’ve seen …
Alissa Davies posing in front of her series "Firescape."

Wildfire art can create beauty out of tragedy

Robert Nesladek carves wood. He works in a sawdust-filled studio behind his house in Arvada, which he has owned for 47 years.  Two wood lathes spin fast to carve out bowls, vases and other …
Music and Movies at Infinity Park in Glendale returns this summer with live music and a movie showing on June 24, July 8, July 22 and Aug. 12.
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Infinity Park blends music and movies for new summer season

It is a truth universally acknowledged that everything is better under a warm summer’s night sky. And that’s just one of the reasons the Music and Movies at Infinity Park series has been such a …
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Strong summer starts for Denver

The Denver metro area really shines during the summer months. There are all kinds of outdoor options for dining, live music and activities, while classic concert spots and cultural hubs are still …

A crowd of people gather at the stage during last year’s Juneteenth Music Festival. Headliners for the 2022 Juneteenth Music Festival are Dave East on June 18 and Twista on June 19.

‘Music is a connector’

Growing up in Denver, Charles Luis Cox II remembers celebrating Juneteenth every year with family. They would pack a picnic and go to the park. Or, they would go to Lincoln Hills — historically a …

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Colorado means more dog years for fur babies

Colorado mountain dogs are just plain lucky, even if they don’t know it (but they totally do know it, I am convinced!). Growing up in the South, I conducted regular flea and tick searches on my dogs, often finding a tick as fat as a grape hidden in the soft fur behind the dogs’ ears.
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Get lost in the DMNS’ new experience

Most of what is on display in a museum is an exhibit. The focus with exhibits is to plainly educate and entertain at the same time. And then there are experiences, like the new Mazes & Brain …
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Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …

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Birds of a feather flock to DMNS

There are plenty of beautiful and important environmental sites that people are aware of - think locations like the Everglades in Florida. But then there are places that might be even more important …
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