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  • Incumbent Houston wants another term on Clear Creek school board

    The sole candidate from District B in the Clear Creek School District’s election on Nov. 7 hopes to continue the work he’s done for the past four years.

    Mitch Houston, 55, a Clear Creek County resident since 1984, currently serves as the board’s president. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons attending Clear Creek High School.

    While Houston lives in District B, which is the northeast part of the county, all Clear Creek voters elect school board members.

  • Biz Beat: New pinball arcade provides family fun in Conifer

    After decades of collecting pinball machines, the McCarthys of Conifer have made good on their longtime goal to open an arcade.

    Blizzard Mountain Pinball, 25797 Conifer Road, Suite #C-206, hosted its grand opening this weekend, with several local families and professional pinball players attending.

    Kevin and Laura McCarthy and their two children have always enjoyed playing pinball together as a family, and wanted to open up a family friendly arcade in Conifer. The family started looking for locations two years ago, but found the logistics were difficult.

  • Marshdale students learn about Laws of Motion with balloon rockets

    Twelve wires hung in the library, each strung through a straw and stretching to the other side of the room. Some of the wires angled up from the straws; others, down; and a few were completely straight.

    The students taped their balloons to the straws, and as Chris Swathwood counted down, they shouted, “Blast off,” and let their balloon rockets fly.

  • Mount Evans releases 2018 calendar

    About 6,000 calendars featuring a snow-covered barn, a ptarmigan, a sunrise and sunset over the mountain flora, among other wildlife and landscape photographs will be floating around the mountain area as Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice has introduced its 2018 “Seasons of Our Mountains” community calendar.

    The calendar, which was started in 1984, raises about $20,000 annually for the hospice. This year, there were 121 photographs submitted, of which 13 were chosen and 12 were honorable mentions, confirmed calendar coordinator Beth Foster.

  • Election 2017: 3 questions with Platte Canyon school board candidate Frank VanDeHey

    For many in the mountain communities, Frank VanDeHey is not just a school board candidate — he’s their neighbor, their former teacher and their kids’ former teacher. In fact, even in Evergreen, VanDeHey is likely a familiar face — his wife, the late Pat VanDeHey, taught at Evergreen Middle School for 31 years.

  • Election 2017: 5 questions with Jeffco school board candidate Erica Shields

    Littleton resident Erica Shields was a late-comer to the 2017 race for three Jeffco school board seats. Filing the required signature petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline, Shields is challenging incumbent Susan Harmon in District 2 and counts herself a newcomer to public office. The mother of four Jeffco students, Shields is perhaps most recognizable from her reign last year as Mrs. Colorado America 2016, as well as her participation in the Littleton Leadership Academy.

  • Platte Canyon school board candidates stump for seats at candidate forum

    With less than a month until the November elections, campaign season is in full swing in the Platte Canyon community as six people vie for one of three open seats on the school board. On Oct. 9, all six candidates faced off at a candidate forum hosted by the Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce at Platte Canyon High School.

  • Hudson found not guilty in sexual assault case

    Mark Edward Hudson, the Evergreen man and former Clear Creek music teacher accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at his home in Evergreen over Thanksgiving in 2015, was acquitted by a jury Friday afternoon on charges related to the incident.
    Hudson, 59, was found not guilty of one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in January.

  • Allegations in Hudson case destroyed victim’s family, relationship

    Family ties dominated the third day of trial proceedings in the case against Mark E. Hudson, the Evergreen man and former Clear Creek music teacher accused of sexually assaulting the teenage daughter of family friends over Thanksgiving in 2015.

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