Today's News

  • A little piece of home

    It’s not easy being away from home for the first time. And that’s even more true when you’re in a place known for its cold and snow, and home is a balmy 77 degrees — and more than 5,000 miles away.

    Micheli Dubien first came to Colorado from Brazil to learn English as part of a worker exchange program. But her time here was anything but easy. Living accommodations were expensive and crowded. When Micheli first came to the U.S., she lived with 11 people. Those who couldn’t find rides to their jobs hitchhiked.

  • Actions that roar

    Mike Morris is soft-spoken and nonchalant when he talks about the time he’s put into volunteering for the community over the past 35 years.

    But the old axiom “actions speak louder than words” has never been truer than when looking at Morris’ volunteer history.

    In recognition of Morris’ service to the community, the Clear Creek commissioners passed a resolution Dec. 23 recognizing his substantial contributions to the county — and it’s easy to see why.

  • BREAKING NEWS: District decides to go 7-12

    The Clear Creek County school board decided Tuesday evening to move the middle school to the high school building as a response to the district's financial and enrollment declines. Under this plan, Carlson Elementary School will remain open.

    Below is a letter from district superintendent Bill Patterson and the resolution approved by the Clear Creek County Board of Education:


    Announcement of Board Action

  • School restructuring brings heated comments

    The possibility of closing a school to address the district’s $300,000 deficit proved an emotional topic at a crowded meeting of the Clear Creek school board Monday night.

    The meeting was held in the Clear Creek High School auditorium so audience members could comment on proposals for restructuring grades. Speakers at times became heated, and prompted uproarious applause on several occasions.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Patterson, who led the task force charged with recommending a solution to the board, explained the pluses and drawbacks of potential solutions.

  • Free seminar designed to help those looking for work

    Judaism in the Foothills and Evergreen Newspapers are co-sponsoring a free weekly seminar in the Evergreen area to help people who are looking for work in the ailing economy.

    Rabbi Levi Brackman will give a presentation designed to help people as they transition to new careers or businesses. The lessons, wisdom and advice that Brackman offers come from the Torah and Judaism’s other ancient texts, but the seminars are open to all people no matter their religion or background.

    Brackman will help the attendees to:

  • Holiday decorating winners

    Georgetown Home Holiday

    Decorating winners

    Ward I (area near downtown and courthouse). First place: Al and Patty Fraley; Second: Tom and Ellen Elliott; Third: Marty and Kathy Marrone.

    Ward II (area near City Park) First: Ernie and Elaine Dunn; Second: Jodi Martin and Raymond; Third: Mike and Janice Moore.

    Ward III (area down by the Lake) First: The Barrows Family; Second: Mark and Kris Reynolds; Third: Jim Allen and Nancy Onago.

    Best Decorated Businesses

    Downtown: The All Aboard Inn; Gateway: The Eurogrill Restaurant.

  • District weighs closing Carlson Elementary

    Schools Superintendent Bill Patterson believes closing Carlson Elementary and putting grades seven through 12 together at the high school may be the best way to deal with the district’s $300,000 deficit and declining enrollment.

    The restructuring, in which the middle school would then house the elementary grades, would save the district $1.73 million over the next five years.

    The school board will hold a public meeting in the high school auditorium at 6 p.m. Jan. 5, and will make a final decision at the Jan. 6 meeting.

  • Dogmatic people of faith shackled by fear of heresy

    In his column last week “I don’t trust you people,” Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi takes to task those who believe in what he calls “conspiracy theories, peculiar beliefs, and harebrained philosophies.”  This he does while admitting to believing in his own mythological constructs.

    Now, I am not talking about myths right wingers like Harsanyi promulgate like our so-called free enterprise system and the munificence of limited government.

    I am talking about esoteric matters such as extraterrestrial life, the occult and astrology.

  • Springs man sentenced in illegal elk kill

    Larry C. Losch of Idaho Springs was sentenced Dec. 17 for his role in the illegal hunting of a large elk in Evergreen on Sept. 13, 2007.

    Losch, 27, one of four men arrested in the case, had 15 points taken from his hunting license and was ordered to pay a $10,000 penalty for aggravated illegal possession of wildlife.

    “Laws are not arbitrarily created. When laws are violated, our task is to investigate and prosecute,” said Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County district attorney’s office.

  • Christmas spirit infuses our everyday lives

    Wishing you a “Merry Christmas” is not politically correct these days. However, the holiday we celebrate on Dec. 25 each year is the birth of Christ, and Americans have created many traditions around it.  I am a Christian who believes in the message of this holy season and the goodwill that accompanies it.