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Today's Sports

  • Depth is a concern for Clear...

    The tears literally flowed from Jeff Miller when the Clear Creek cross country coach learned that Katie Sullivan was relocating to Summit. It wasn’t just because she was expected to be the Lady Golddiggers’ third best returning runner, but because she is a great kid in general.

    But Sullivan isn’t back and neither is Grace Diekman, a 2014 graduate who was the team’s No. 3 runner in 2013, leaving some uncertainty in Clear Creek’s pecking order with the cross country season around the corner.

  • New book peers into the private...

    I recently read a review of a new book that stirred my desire to actually read the book, so I called the Jefferson County library to inquire if it was available. The book is titled “The Thing With Feathers” by Noah Strycker, but it was the subtitle, “The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human” that really piqued my interest. They did indeed have it and so within a few days and a bookmobile visit later, I had it in my hands.

  • Glorious fall colors cover area...

    Usually the fall colors reach their peak during the last week of September or the first week of October. It seems a bit off schedule this year, but whenever it comes, it is my favorite time of year. Usually we have a few Indian summer days of fine weather along with the brilliant color and cool clear nights.

  • Golden-to-Evergreen trail may be...

    A long-awaited stretch of bicycle path that will help riders get from Golden to Evergreen could finally be built, starting in October.

    The estimated $1.25 million path is planned to cover a 2-mile route on the north side of Interstate 70 between the Genesee and El Rancho exits.

  • A fungible hobby

    Some mushroom hunters have “secret” harvesting spots along Highway 103 in Clear Creek County.

    Others look for edible mushrooms at Evans Ranch near Mount Evans and at other more remote mountain locales. Every year, they find and harvest King Boletes, also known as porcini mushrooms, chantarelles and other varieties such as lactarius deliciosus, which has no common name.

  • Pygmy nuthatches display...

    Sitting at the window one day last week, I saw birds at my feeder when I suddenly noticed some odd behavior among the birds coming to a nearby ponderosa pine.

  • Dark blue Steller’s jay easily...

    Friday, Sept. 12, was a truly cold fall day. I awoke to falling snow, but it never was cold enough for it to accumulate to cover the ground because the temperature hovered just above the freezing point all day. It was dark and gloomy all day and just cold enough to require my heavy sweater.

  • Goldfinches check out feeders as...

    Friday, Sept. 5, had been a wet, cloudy day that finally turned into rain about 5:30 p.m. It feels much too cold for September, but so be it. Our summer is over because by the time you read this, it will be Wednesday, Sept. 10. I just hope we will still have some nice fall weather in September and October.

    Many people have asked what they can bring me, to which I have had to respond that there’s nothing that I really need. I am grateful for their kindness and desire to be good friends by their offers to bring me some tokens of their friendship.

  • First pine siskin heralds...

    Looking out my window early this morning, I saw a pine siskin at my feeder. The feeder is empty since I am all out of seed, so the bird did not stay long. However, pine siskins are frequent visitors to our winter feeders in this area.

  • Gentians bloom in the area as...

    August days have been hot summer days, much like they are in the East, but the nights here are usually quite cool. Clear skies and our altitude bring us start-spangled nights, but often temperatures drop in the low 40s. August is a rich, full month, as near to being full summer as it gets in Colorado. But it also brings the first signs of fall.