https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Springs residents, French family honor soldiers at flag retirement https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/springs-residents-french-family-honor-soldiers-flag-retirement <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-flagretirement01-rb-062018.jpg" alt="Flags are presented and their history is given before being retired at the flag retirement ceremony at Golddigger Stadium Wednesday, June 13, 2018." title="Flags are presented and their history is given before being retired at the flag retirement ceremony at Golddigger Stadium Wednesday, June 13, 2018." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Zee Schulze&rsquo;s uncle is buried more than 5,000 miles away at the&nbsp;Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial.</p> <p> Though she&rsquo;s never been to his grave, she knows it&rsquo;s being taken care of by the Clement family of France, who adopted her uncle&rsquo;s grave as a way to honor his sacrifice and those of his comrades.</p> <p> &ldquo;My father was a prisoner of war in a German P.O.W. camp (during World War II),&rdquo; Jocelyne Clement said. &ldquo;If the American forces had not liberated him, I wouldn&rsquo;t be here.&rdquo;</p> Clear Creek under temporary fire ban https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek-under-temporary-fire-ban <p> Clear Creek County is under a temporary Stage 1 fire ban &mdash; a restriction that will likely be upgraded in the coming weeks.</p> <p> The county joins Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Boulder counties in restricting activities to lessen the chance of a fire being caused.</p> <p> &ldquo;With wildfires happening around the state every day, we ask residents (and visitors) to plan ahead of an event, pay attention to the Stage 1 fire restrictions, be safe and be prepared,&rdquo; said Clear Creek County spokesman John Bryan.</p> I-70 expansion project could add another tunnel https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/i-70-expansion-project-could-add-another-tunnel <p> One day soon motorists may find themselves driving through a 2,000-foot three-lane tunnel on Interstate 70 from the bottom of Floyd Hill to the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.<br /> Stephen Harelson, the Colorado Department of Transportation&rsquo;s west program engineer, told residents who packed the Clear Creek High School gymnasium on June 12, that the plans for the new road alignment would straighten the highway.<br /> Leave No Trace ventures to Mount Bierstadt to discuss sustaining the recreation destination https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/leave-no-trace-ventures-mount-bierstadt-discuss-sustaining-recreation-destination <p> The trail leading to the top of Mount Bierstadt wasn&rsquo;t yet busy, but more hikers were arriving by the minute.</p> <p> The morning of June 14, the sky was a brilliant blue and the well-traveled trail was relatively quiet, but this calm wouldn&rsquo;t last long.</p> <p> A group with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics nonprofit stood at the trailhead waiting to talk to hikers about being sustainable while using the popular recreation destination.</p> Farmer’s market returning to Empire https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/farmer%E2%80%99s-market-returning-empire <p> The traditional summer farmer&rsquo;s market in the Town of Empire is back &mdash; with fresh produce and baked goods.</p> <p> The market will take place on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Theobold Park next to the town&rsquo;s visitors center, and Empire Town Clerk Nichole Lentz said that reaction to the event from people wishing to take part has surprised her.</p> Colorado’s 2018 primary election: Everything you need to know https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/colorado%E2%80%99s-2018-primary-election-everything-you-need-know <p> Yes, it&rsquo;s that time of year again where almost every other commercial is a political ad and there are perhaps too many candidates to keep track of for too many different races.</p> <p> After Colorado&rsquo;s primary elections next Tuesday, however, the pool of candidates for governor, state legislator, congressional representative and a smattering of other municipal offices will dwindle &mdash; setting the stage for four months of heavy campaigning by finalists and a clearer picture of what the November elections will look like.</p> CASA seeking volunteers in Clear Creek County https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/casa-seeking-volunteers-clear-creek-county <p> Clear Creek County is the source for half of CASA of the Continental Divide&rsquo;s workload, yet, of the 56 volunteers working to help neglected and abused children, only four are from here.</p> <p> &ldquo;That means other volunteers from other communities as far away as Eagle are coming over to serve Clear Creek kids,&rdquo; said Kathy Reed, executive director CASA of the Continental Divide.</p> Annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade draws a crowd early and often https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/annual-evergreen-rodeo-parade-draws-crowd-early-and-often <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news_parade_061618_alm001.jpg" alt="Kirstin Jutila of Golden pets a horse after the national anthem is played June 16 to kick off the Evergreen rodeo parade." title="Kirstin Jutila of Golden pets a horse after the national anthem is played June 16 to kick off the Evergreen rodeo parade." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Before the Rodeo Parade, it&rsquo;s tailgate party time &mdash; Evergreen style.<br /> Folks arrive as early as 5:30 a.m. to get spots in the downtown parking lot, where they set up tents and chairs in anticipation of the 10 a.m. parade start.<br /> The families from the Herzman Mesa subdivision were in full-swing party mode at 9:30 a.m. with about two dozen adults and kids eating breakfast, listening to country music and socializing.<br />