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    June 10
    Idaho Springs Public Library Games Night 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    June 13
    The first-ever books and cooks event will feature Chef Ormerod from Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub. The chef will be preparing homemade mozzarella at the Idaho Springs Library. The event begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Stop by on your lunch break or stay for the entire demonstration.

  • Canine capers: Westmuttster Dog Day Afternoon raises spirits, funds for local shelter

    From the best tricks to the worst breath, dogs of every shape, size and disposition were celebrated June 5 at the ninth annual Westmuttster Dog Day Afternoon fund-raiser for Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek/Gilpin Animal Shelter.

  • Nonprofit raising funds for fenced dog park at shelter

    Friends of Charlie’s Place, the nonprofit associated with the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter, is trying to make life easier for both the dogs and the shelter’s volunteers.
    The group wants to raise $3,700 to add to previous donations and grants to build a fenced dog park estimated to cost $10,000.
    Laurie Phenix, president of Friends of Charlie’s Place, said the park is desperately needed because of its benefit to stir-crazy dogs and to volunteers unable to keep up with the caged canines.

  • Safety concerns cited before fatal fire at Cabin Creek hydro plant

    By Gabrielle Porter
    For the Courant
    Supervising engineers for Xcel Energy at the Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant above Georgetown documented safety concerns at least 10 days before a fire killed five workers in October 2007, a federal prosecutor said Monday.
    Prosecutor Jaime Peña showed jurors an e-mail from Xcel Energy project engineer John Keahey to other project managers during the criminal trial of Xcel Energy and one of its subsidiaries, Public Service Co. of Colorado.

  • Udall tours wood-pellet facility in Silver Plume

    Focusing on the themes of alternative energy and jobs, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, toured New Earth Pellets in Silver Plume on June 3.
    Udall’s stop was the first of three along Interstate 70 to show his commitment to new-energy efforts in the state. His other stops included Vail and Avon.

  • Hummingbirds make an appearance at area feeders

    In last week’s column, I promised to write about hummingbirds this week. To old-timers, I apologize for one more article about hummingbirds, but I receive more phone calls about hummingbirds than any other bird and most of these callers say, “I know you have written about hummingbirds before, but I didn’t save the article, so I need you to write about them again.” The most frequent request is the formula for making syrup to feed hummingbirds.

  • Column ideas that won’t be written

    Every once in an occasion, I encounter kryptonite for writers: writer’s block.
    It comes in fits and starts, blindsiding the writer at unexpected and the worst of times. Ironically, it tends to come on the heels of a stretch in which topical ideas populate like communities with plural marriages.
    But in my case, like the snowflakes that blew in Memorial Day afternoon, they’ve melted away, leaving little evidence of their existence.

  • Mount Evans Road open to summit

    Colorado Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans was fully opened by the Colorado Department of Transportation on June 2.

    Crews spent the last few days clearing snow from Summit Lake to the top — a 4-mile stretch.
    The road was opened from Echo Lake to Summit Lake on May 26, but heavier than usual snowfall last month prevented CDOT from opening the highway to the top. In recent years, Colorado 5 had been open to the summit before Memorial Day.

  • Sandbags available to G-town residents as melting snowpack fills creeks

    Georgetown residents living along the town's creeks are being encouraged this week to protect their property with sandbags in case of high water.

    Concerned residents can get up to 20 sandbags from town hall. People are being asked to bring shovels so they can fill the bags from a pile of filling material in the town hall parking lot.

  • For Bill Lee, road to recovery may include a race

    In a demonstration of what it means to have an indomitable spirit — and a little true grit — Bill Lee opened the annual Georgetown Railroad and Mining Days’ Burro Race with a challenge.