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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Clear Creek's 'Gentle Giant' leaves lasting legacy

    Summing up a man's life with words is difficult when, in every interaction, he was larger than life. One of Georgetown's better-known residents moved on to other mountains last week. Otto Werlin passed away early Tuesday morning, Nov. 25, 2008.

    At the Caring Bridge website, visitors used the following words to describe Clear Creek's very own Gentle Giant: greatness, big, gentle, giant, generous, humorous, stubborn, caring, committed, devoted.

  • The true spirit of giving: Santa Shop provides presents to those in need

    It's an illusion: Christmas trees with decorations, carolers, eggnog — none of these is a true reflection of holiday spirit. But it can be found in the eyes of mother Rina Wilkes as she spots a red wagon for her little boy, or in the voice of volunteer Joni Hargitt as she talks about the community that donated the wagon.

  • Coroner says 2008 a 'good year'

    The county coroner’s office is reporting a 41 percent decline in deaths in 2008 compared to the previous year. The number of overall deaths stood at 26 in the county, as opposed to 44 during 2007.

    County Coroner Don Allan attributes the sharp decline to motorists using safety belts and vehicles equipped with airbags. Allan said serious traffic accidents still occur, but safety features and public awareness have steadily brought down the number of fatalities in recent years.

  • Plan needed to deal with e-waste

    This past February I wrote about the looming conversion from analog to digital of TV signals and the implications it has for us in terms of our old sets.

    The conversion takes place two months from today: Feb. 17, 2009.

    In terms of the impact the conversion will have on the environment, the time is not only nigh but critical: TV sets along with computers, monitors, cell phones and other electrical devices contain highly toxic materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, phosphorous, lithium and polycarbons.

  • Clear Creek’s own Santa makes mirth and magic

    “A hush lay on the Laughing Valley now. Snow covered it like a white spread and pillows of downy flakes drifted before the dwelling where Claus sat feeding the blaze of the fire.”

    — from L. Frank Baum’s

    “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”

    Just a few minutes down Chicago Creek lies a magical valley like the one described above by children’s author L. Frank Baum.

  • Depleted Golddiggers go 0-2 at tri-meet

    BAILEY — The weather was cold and windy and the roads were icy, but the wrestling mat was warm, the gym was loud and the action was non-stop as Platte Canyon hosted a tri-meet on Dec. 18 that included Clear Creek and Evergreen high schools.

    The stands were close to full as spectators from all three schools cheered their boys on as they matched up in an early-season tussle that left all three teams walking away satisfied.

  • Where have all the children gone in the county?

    The county school district is faced with the problem of too many buildings and too few students. In several recent articles in the Courant, it was noted that student numbers are decreasing, the school district budget is stretched to breaking, there is a successful charter school in Georgetown, and a task force was appointed to look at whether or not we should consolidate our students into fewer buildings.

  • Consensus on school merger proving elusive

    The task force members charged with finding a solution to the school district's budget crisis are closer to a stalemate than a consensus.

    Superintendent Bill Patterson said the group has requested more time and possibly more public input. In the face of a $300,000 deficit and declining enrollment, the district is considering combining kindergarten through eighth grade or the middle school and high school.

    "The problem is, there just wasn't much separation between the options, and they all have their disadvantages," Patterson said.

  • Judge reduces sentence of hit-run driver