Today's News

  • Schedule shifts for flu-vaccine clinics in Springs

    Clear Creek Public and Environmental Health will close its Friday walk-in vaccination clinics after Dec. 18. Walk-in clinics will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and by appointment through the office of nursing services. The vaccine is free and available to all who want to receive it. The schedule is as follows:

    • Final Friday walk-in clinic from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 18

    • Walk-in vaccination clinics from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays beginning Dec. 21

    • Vaccinations by appointment at 303-567-3147

  • Troops can make a difference in Afghanistan

    About this time eight years ago, a hopeful sign appeared in ancient and embattled Afghanistan: Women and girls stepped tenuously into a ray of sunshine of modernity.  They removed veils, some the burka, allowing their faces smiling with hope and promise to be captured by photographers. It came as a result of the invasion by American and other NATO forces.

  • Local governments to make up for loss of gaming funds

    Local officials are taking steps to see that nonprofits and law-enforcement agencies are not affected by Gov. Bill Ritter’s August decision to suspend the Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Program — a move that cost the county $900,000 in state funds.

    The program’s 2010 cancellation, which came amid the state’s budget woes, will affect Mount Evans Hospice, Clear Creek County Advocates, the Clear Creek Rock House, the Idaho Springs Police Department, the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office.

  • Local recycling business helps the community

    After years of living in Clear Creek and working in Summit, I can attest to one aspect wherein Clear Creek lags: recycling.

    Our friends and neighbors to the west are much further ahead on that curve, which says much of the values of our culture.

    In recent years, strides have been made to address the deficiency. The county’s Transfer Center has become more user-friendly, and the hazardous material — hazmat — dropoff event last summer was very successful.

  • Christmas Mart raises funds for Rock House

    The ingredients for a successful holiday season often vary, depending upon whom you ask.

    The annual Christmas Mart at Carlson Elementary School last weekend mixed one part fund-raiser and three parts holiday cheer to make the two-day event a merry success.

    This year the levent was sponsored by the Clear Creek Rock House youth center. It was the first year the nonprofit took the reins.

    Rock House director Cheryl Holmberg said this year’s vendors told her it was the busiest they’d seen it in years.

  • Currents

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    Funds have been set up for each family involved in the Thanksgiving-Dumont Fires. Send your donations to Mutual of Omaha Bank, P. O. Box 3309, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.

    Dec. 9

  • Concert to benefit Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity

    Three area churches are combining forces to offer the community a free concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 to benefit Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity.

    The concert is called Some Room for a Bed and will be at the United Center.

    The CowBoy Band and saxophonist Brian Coulterman headline this feast of Christmas music, popular and spiritual music.

    A free-will offering will benefit Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity, as will sales of refreshments before and after the concert.

  • Grant will help ranger district control off-road vehicles

    The Clear Creek Ranger District recently received a $15,000 grant from Yamaha Motor Corp. to hire a seasonal employee.

    The new position, which begins this summer, will aid the district with its Off-Highway Vehicle Enhancement Project, construct approximately 1,700 feet of fence to protect sensitive or degraded areas, and help with installing 95 directional or route number signs.

    The seasonal employee will also assist Clear Creek County emergency medical personnel and Flight for Life with seriously injured off-highway vehicle riders.

  • Vox

    Thank you from the Dumont fire victims


    Thank you to the entire community for helping us with all donations of food, clothing and prayers, all fire departments that helped, advocates, Red Cross, ambulance, sheriff’s department and everyone.

    This is a wonderful community, and we are proud to live here.

    the Rockwell-Zulka family

    and the Jeske family

    Motorist thanks Dumont

    residents for help


  • Putting the 'extreme' in huntress: Local woman a finalist in hunting contest

    For local resident Connie Renfro, a little self-empowerment can take the form of trekking into the backcountry for several weeks and hunting a bear with a bow — a bow that she carved out of a log.

    The former flight attendant and current radiology student’s extracurricular activities have made her a finalist in the “Primal Adventure” Extreme Huntress Contest.