Today's News

  • The Tao is not silent: Chuck Pyle in concert July 17

    Chuck Pyle’s life turned around when he moved to Boulder in 1965, when he entered a 12-step program in 1986, when he wrote his first funny song— “I’m addicted to being angry for feeling guilty that I’m ashamed of being afraid”--, and when he performed in a New Thought church for the first time and found he’d “come home.”

  • A mother lode of entertainment: From early miners to modern-day residents, the county loves a good diversion

    By Phyllis Adams

    For the Courant

    Without question, the lives of the early miners in this valley were filled with hard work. However, history shows us they followed a simple principle: Work hard and play hard. Their lives were not devoid of entertainment. New ideas for diversion after a hard day’s labor were continually being thought up.

  • Kids need to be aware of poisonous plants

    If you have not taken a drive to see the wildflowers this year, now is the time to do it, for they will soon fade. Shrine Pass is always a delightful trip for wildflowers, and many can be seen without a great deal of walking. Arapaho Pass (west of Boulder) is also excellent but takes a bit longer and involves a bit more hiking. The unusual amount of moisture this year has made the wildflowers exceptional. Just last week friends of mine drove me to Bailey for dinner one evening, and the flowers along U.S. 285 were prolific, and the back roads were spectacular.

  • Commissioner crossing fine line

    Being a card-carrying member of the ACLU, I am in the vanguard when it comes to defending the right of an individual, including those who hold elected or appointed public office, to speak about any issue.

    Having the right, though, does not obligate one to speak, and, as we have been taught and often forget, there are times when it’s best to hold one’s tongue.

    Public officials occasionally walk a fine line when taking action on cases in which they have a vested or personal stake.

  • Other Voices: Process for Floyd Hill plan is unbiased

    Our colleague, Commissioner Harry Dale, strongly criticized the process for developing a Floyd Hill area master plan in last week’s Courant. We respect him and we respect his right to his opinions, but we think he was wrong when he asserted the process was secret and guided by people with a particular point of view. That is simply not accurate.

  • Updated: Phish reunion provides food for thought

    Editor's note: See the results of the July 15 county re-zoning meeting below.


    Anger, raised voices and accusations filled the room last Wednesday as critics argued with proponents during a town hall meeting on a proposed Phish-themed Phamily Reunion at Van Eden Ranch.

  • Longtime hospice director Walthers moving on

    Louisa Walthers, who has served as executive director of Mount Evans Hospice and Home Health Care for the past 24 years, has announced plans to step down at the end of August.

    Walthers, 54, joined the agency as its second director 24 years ago, only five years after it was founded. At that time, Mount Evans had a $300,000 annual budget and served three counties out of a two-room office in the Evergreen North shopping center.

    Walthers will be leaving an agency with its own building, serving four mountain counties and operating on a $3 million budget.

  • Other Voices: Meeting set for battle of Floyd Hill

    I want to alert all Clear Creek County residents that your county government in conjunction with the Norris Design consulting firm will be holding a public meeting in late July to unveil the closely guarded and previously secret Floyd Hill Sub-Regional Master Plan.  

  • Construction set to begin on Floyd Hill playground

    Floyd Hill residents are going to get their first playground this summer.

    Ten gold-painted shovels dug into the earth on the morning of July 3 to officially commemorate the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elmgreen Park Playground.

    The playground will cost $93,500 and is funded by a $49,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, plus contributions from the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, the city of Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County and the Floyd Hill Area Property Owners Association.

  • Contest carries local to end of the rainbow

    The mountains around Idaho Springs are filled with stories of miners and prospectors who risked life and limb to get their eager hands on the fiery metal that is gold.

    Its allure and promise of untold wealth have prompted explorers to cross oceans, miners to dig for miles under the earth, and — in local Mary Reid’s case — to promote Idaho Springs.