Local News

  • County again issues fire restrictions

    Clear Creek County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban due to concerns about the extended forecast for dry weather and limited resource availability.

    Sheriff Rick Albers said in his announcement of the restrictions that many firefighting resources are currently "fighting the forest fire down by Pueblo."

    According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, the following are prohibited until further notice:

  • 'Peril at Polls' takes center stage -- actually, it's a melodrama

    At the convention of Colorado’s “Do Nothing Party,” the villain A. Beast — pronounced “best”; the “a” is silent — enters to boos and hisses, and proclaims that he is “one of the convention plotters — I mean, planners.”

    These are only a few of the amusing moments that pervade the melodrama “Peril at the Polls.”

  • Wheelock, Judge equal good commissioners

    Full disclosure: I am chair of the Clear Creek Democrats. I’m also a Courant columnist, 13 years running, and KYGT talk show host for 12. Over those years, I’ve spent considerable time listening to and conversing with citizens across the political spectrum, observing events and offering perspective on important issues for our community. It’s from that perspective — journalist and citizen commentator — I write this.

  • New owners plan to reopen Echo Mountain in December

    Echo Mountain Resort is gearing up for its first ski season under the ownership of SkiEcho LLC.

    The resort on Squaw Pass Road between Idaho Springs and Evergreen is expected to open in mid-December. The resort will honor existing passes; however, final lift-ticket prices are still being determined.

  • Veteran of rescue team has served on 1,000 missions

    Editor’s note: Three volunteers with the Alpine Rescue Team have reached the milestone this year of serving on 1,000 missions. This is the first time since the team’s creation in 1959 that any of its 800 members has reached this landmark. Of the 80 or so current members of the team, the closest will not reach 1,000 missions for another four years. For the average member of Alpine Rescue, it will take 20 years to come close. This story is part one of a three-part series profiling these volunteers.


  • State rep wants to continue work on education, economy

    Incumbent Democrat KC Becker is running unopposed for a second term in state House District 13.

    “Because I don’t have an opponent, I’m not spending time fund-raising for myself,” Becker said, adding that she’s not spending a lot of money on advertising this time around.

    “I think people appreciate it, because there is enough noise in the campaigns right now,” she said. “It (also) allows me to focus on the issues that matter in my district instead of on a campaign.”

  • County buys property to be used for greenway, recreation

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners have approved spending $542,000 for a 10.9-acre parcel in Dumont belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The property at 445 W. Dumont Road will be used as part of the county’s greenway and will possibly have other recreational uses, according to County Attorney Robert Loeffler.

  • Forest Service considering permits for access to Mount Bierstadt

    The public’s overuse of Mount Bierstadt is prompting the U.S. Forest Service to consider charging visitors in an effort to limit damage to the environment.

    The same concerns have Clear Creek’s county commissioners continuing to discuss creation of a toll or permitting system to control access to Guanella Pass to curtail the damage being done by overuse.

  • The science of snowmaking

    Making snow is a science.

    Since the beginning of October, Bobby Babeon has tirelessly coordinated seven snowmaking guns around the clock to prepare the slopes of Loveland Ski Area for the 2016-17 season.

    Babeon, Loveland’s trail maintenance and snowmaking manager, and his crew are carefully monitoring the temperature and the humidity. If it is 28 degrees and fairly dry, the guns act like giant snowmaking sprinklers.

  • Yoga class not a stretch for Clear Creek teachers

    Teachers at Clear Creek High School/Middle School participated in a yoga class on Friday — clearing their minds and creating a sense of calm — before spending the day catching up on their work while students enjoyed a day off.

    Principal Elizabeth Gardner said the class’ purpose was twofold: to help teachers find some internal balance — as they typically spend their days interacting with students and parents — and to provide a fun activity for the staff to do together.