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Today's News

  • Evergreen Newspapers staffers win awards

    Evergreen Newspapers photo editor Matthew Jonas won best in show for sports photography at the Colorado Press Association’s annual awards on Saturday in Denver.

    Jonas’ photo of a bronc rider at the Evergreen Rodeo, “Topysy-turvy ride,” appeared on the cover of the Canyon Courier last June. The same picture won first place in the sports photography category in the Courier’s class.

  • Paper, readers can help each other

    We’ve been hearing every day for months now about the bad economy. Every night we go home to the news of more layoffs and cutbacks. We have all been impacted in some way. I know the Courant has.

    We have reduced staffing through attrition, as employees have resigned for different opportunities; we have restructured and asked our current employees to take on additional duties.

  • Our future: the journalism of hope

    “For suddenly he was thinking … that if he was not a writer, he was not real, that he did not exist.”

    — Robert Penn Warren,

    in “Flood”

    As Coloradans listen to the echoes of a great voice gone suddenly silent, the words of Robert Penn Warren ring quietly and persistently for me in the void.

  • Era of respect and personal responsibility needed

    As the days get longer, the anticipation of spring and its promise of rebirth gives wings to the spirit. Joy is found in the simple things, and the mind wonders as it wanders.  

  • Schools clinging to outdated educational model

    For President Obama, the three driving domestic issues, in addition to the economy, are energy, health care and education.

    In Clear Creek, the trilogy is similar.  Besides economic development, it’s transportation, energy and education: TrEE.

  • Republicans’ carping cuts against conclusions

    If you are what you eat, carp has become the seafood du jour for Republicans.  

    In Colorado up until 2004, Republicans pretty much had their way and steered it into a pothole, literally and metaphorically.

    At the national level, George W. Bush’s policies were the epitome of trickle-down Reaganomics — massive deficits brought on by huge tax cuts for the financial elite — and for six years, he and the Republican Congress made a complete mess of it all.

  • A gathering place: Local nonprofit hopes to provide community with a variety of educational opportunities

    The house at 1422 Colorado Blvd. has witnessed a lot of history. It has seen Idaho Springs develop from a mining camp into a city. Seen dirt roads become paved and a mining community become a tourist destination.

    Across all those years, the structure wasn’t immune to change itself, experiencing a series of transformations over the past 149 years.

    From log cabin to two-story house, from residential to rental. Two years ago, the house was bought by the United Church of Idaho Springs and is now well on the way to its next incarnation — as a school.

  • Open Space, youth center team for recycling

    A program for at-risk youths and the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission have teamed to provide public buildings in the county with the ways and means to take care of their recyclables.

    Thanks in part to a grant from Coca-Cola and the National Recycling Coalition, the county received 60 recycling bins that have been placed at the courthouse, Idaho Springs City Hall, the recreation center and at business throughout the area.

  • What are the implications of your beliefs?

    “An educated person understands the implications of his beliefs.”

    - Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

  • Achieving balance: Snowboarding helps troubled kids develop confidence, trust

    Last week, Carolina Schumber turned 14. But it hasn’t been an easy 14 years.

    Carolina was raised in an environment prone to extreme abuse, and by the time she was just 8 years old, she was drinking heavily.

    She starting to act out in dangerous ways. When she talks, her voice sounds like that of someone twice her age.

    Learning to stand and face an uncertain future under normal circumstances can be difficult enough, but last Wednesday she was not only learning to stand — but to fly.