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  • Editor’s note: Local paleoclimatologist Peter Link filed this report on a recent trip to Patagonia. His photographs accompany the article.

    By Peter Link

    For the Courier

  • Some people used the words “relocation center” to describe Camp Amache in southeast Colorado, but Kittredge resident Robert Fuchigami calls it what it was to him: a concentration camp.

    Today, his memories of the World War II internment center no longer hold Fuchigami captive; he’s made peace with what happened during the war, when thousands of Japanese-Americans were imprisoned by hatred and suspicion. Today, he’s fascinated with the camp’s history, not bound by his memories of the three years his family spent there.

  • Faye Hess may be almost 93 years old, but she can compete with people half her age when it comes to sewing and making quilts.

    Hess recently completed an enormous quilting project that she is donating to Mt. Evans Hospice, which is holding a raffle to raise money for the hospice.

    Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased online at www.mtevans.org or in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3081 Bergen Peak Drive. A drawing will be held on the Fourth of July at the party for the Freedom Run, a benefit for Mt. Evans Hospice.

  • Ten years ago, when Pastor Vera Guebert-Steward was looking for her first job as a minister, she heard about an opening at Evergreen Lutheran Church.

    She had a strong feeling that the church near Marshdale would be the right place for her. When she saw the little buildings and interviewed for the job, she was even more certain. When they offered her the job, it took about 30 seconds to decide.

  • Editor's note: As our country fights its way out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Clear Creek Courant is remembering those who fought for their very survival through the days following Black Tuesday into the winds of the Dust Bowl and onto the beaches of the Second World War.

    Longtime Empire resident Duane Lewis was 8 when he was given a trumpet and began learning to play music.
    He was 15 years old in 1929 when the stock market crashed, pitching the United States into the dark years of the Great Depression.

  • In addition to maintaining trails in the Clear Creek District of the Arapaho National Forest in the Upper Bear Creek Basin, I enjoyed working on the trails up Grays and Torreys Peaks.

  • By Virginia Grantier

    For the Courier

    The pine trees’ white coats were melting one recent February day, and at times the drip-drip-drip seemed the only sound in Indian Hills.

    Still, there was a hushed but persistent buzz in the foothills hamlet — a buzz that seems to be growing louder in the art world about a log building across the street from the Indian Hills post office.

  • People disposed to romantic musings assure us that this wide world holds one perfect companion for each of us, and the sometimes giddy, sometimes crushing, often humiliating and always hopeful search for that ideal “plus one” has been keeping poets, musicians and florists busy since long before a heartsick Troilus “mounted the Trojan walls, and sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents where Cressida lay that night.”

     

  • Angelique Malet’s birth record reflects that her father, Leon Malet, claimed a nice chunk of native grasslands in Buffalo Park by 1862. Included were meadow hay fields that have been producing and feeding stock for 150 years. They are fields still being harvested today, if the Lord is willing, and if it starts to snow soon. Meadows whose edges provided prime timber for Malet and his fellow French-Canadian neighbors, Samuel and Aszine Veznia, Antione Roy and John Riopelle.

  • If there’s anything to be said about Randy and Sharon Massey, it’s that they’re dedicated to everyone — whether on two legs or four.

    The Soda Creek couple are passionate about taking care of their customers at L&H Auto Body, and just as passionate — or even more so — about taking care of dogs. Sharon is the president of Retriever Rescue of Colorado, and the two have intertwined their callings to take care of auto repair customers and rescued retrievers.

  • Ever since he was 8 years old and tried to stretch the skin of a squirrel on a board, Brad Haddix has been attracted to the ancient art of taxidermy.

  • A Colorado governor whose courageous support of civil rights during World War II is now honored with a tall, rose-colored monument on Kenosha Pass.
    Some 264 miles of U.S. 285 was officially renamed the Ralph Carr Memorial Highway on Sunday in honor of the former governor, who opposed the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

  • For a decade in the middle of Winston Jones’ long run exhibiting the world’s largest bell collection, in and around his lovely home at the start of Upper Bear Creek, Orville Hagen gave Bergen Park the right to claim the title of the world’s largest collection of clocks. If you missed visiting the Clock Museum before its closure, you missed the chance to hear more than 1,000 clocks chiming at once. If you missed Winston ringing in the new year before his passing and leaving his collection to Hasting College, you missed a huge and unique opportunity.

  • By Virginia Grantier

    She knows about challenges: Brenn Lea Pearson, 64, who lives alone with her two dogs, is a longtime graphic designer in Evergreen who has been trying to regroup in this economy since her New York and San Francisco book publishing jobs went overseas and local work became scarce.

    They know about challenges: This group that waits in their chairs and wheelchairs on Wednesdays for Pearson. They have a range of issues: Some have Alzheimer’s; others are recovering from strokes or other debilitating physical conditions.

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  • “… The Hussars let loose their horses. God, what power! They ran through the smoke and the sound was like a thousand blacksmiths beating with a thousand hammers.”
    — Henry Sienkievich, describing
    a 17th-century battle between
    Polish Hussars and invading Swedish forces

  • The kids called him Mr. Awesome Cool Man — a telling title for Todd Brodeur, a world champion Frisbee player who taught students at Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley elementary schools the art of Frisbee.

    Playing with a Frisbee is a wonderful sport, Brodeur told students at an assembly at Bergen Meadow recently. Brodeur spent four days at the school as part of the schools’ artist-in-residence program.

    “You can stay active,” he said. “You can keep your heart beating and lungs breathing.”

  • While on hiatus from a career as a commercial real estate developer, Bill Valaika of Evergreen is using the down time to embellish guitars that are being auctioned off for worthy causes.
    Using a secret-formula glue and thousands of Swarovski crystals, Valaika turns a plain guitar face into a colorful, flaming logo light show.
    “It’s unbelievable to see on stage, Valaika said. “The crowd loves it.”
    Each guitar takes 40 hours to produce and is worth about $2,000 in materials.

  • By Burdette “Bud” Weare
    A hundred years ago, Colorado’s elk herd appeared to be following the fate of the bison. Locally, the Evergreen Elks outnumbered the Evergreen elk. And thereby hangs a tale.