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    School district, county considering joint grant writer

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners and school board are interested in hiring a grant writer to help locate funds to benefit all areas of the county.

    At a study session for both groups last Thursday, they discussed contracting with a grant writer, who would find grant opportunities, write proposals and administer the grants. They suggested talking with other government agencies in the county to get them on board and to help share the costs.

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.

  • Undefeated: Clear Creek’s football program turning the tide

    It would be impossible for any of them — not Ty Judge, not Noah Sarria, not Mark Hawkins — to remember the feeling. They weren’t even born yet.

    It was Sept. 13, 1997, a 7-6 win over Kent Denver. That was the last time the Clear Creek Golddiggers’ football program started a season 3-0. In actuality, the team was 6-0 that season before suffering a 14-7 defeat to Faith Christian in a battle between the No. 1 and 2 teams in 2A at the time.

  • Springs annexes 15 acres at Argo tourist site

    The Idaho Springs city council approved annexing 15 acres near the Argo Gold Mine and Mill tourist site to aid in its development.

    The new owners plan a $70 million development that will include a 160-room hotel, conference center, restaurants, retail and 200 housing units.

    Alan Tiefenbach, the city’s community development planner, said that of the property’s 27 acres, the 15 acres were in unincorporated Clear Creek County.

  • DA candidates spar in debate

    The three candidates for Clear Creek district attorney took turns being cross-examined during a Sept. 19 Republican-hosted forum at Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs.

    Incumbent DA Bruce Brown, a Democrat, is running for a second term and was in the hot seat during much of the forum.

  • County tourism guides going like hotcakes

    Visitor interest in Clear Creek County has been so high that a supply of tourism guides that was supposed to last two years is already gone, necessitating another printing for next year, according to Tourism Director Cassandra Patton.

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau this year printed 50,000 guides at a cost of $27,000 and distributed them, but the demand has wiped out the bureau’s stock.

  • Non-native trout to be removed from stream

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week will reclaim the Dry Gulch fishery for the threatened greenback cutthroat trout by killing off any remaining non-native trout.

    The Dry Gulch stream is north of Interstate 70 and just south of Loveland Ski Area, and it empties into Clear Creek.

  • Searchers rescue injured hiker on Mount Evans

    Rescuers with the help of dogs on Sept. 20 tracked and found an injured woman from the Denver area who spent the night lost on Mount Evans.

    After the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 hang-up calls from that area on Sept. 19, Evergreen-based Alpine Rescue was activated to determine if a person was injured and needed assistance near the Mount Evans Resthouse Trail.

  • Evergreen's Al 'Buffalo Bill' Huffman dies at 84

    While people the world over knew Earl “Al” Huffman as “Buffalo Bill” Cody, many mountain area residents knew him as a community leader, a family man and a friend.

    Huffman, a longtime Evergreen resident, died last Thursday at the age of 84.

    In addition to being a well-known Buffalo Bill impersonator, Huffman was a staple of the mountain community and a charter member of the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

  • Bond reduced for suspect in April slaying

    Over objections from a deputy district attorney, a judge on Friday reduced the bond amount for the suspect in last April’s slaying of 44-year-old Eric Spencer of Idaho Springs.

    Chief District Judge Mark Thompson reduced bond from $250,000 to $100,000 for Colton Davison, 22, who is facing a second-degree murder charge in the slaying at the Aspen Leaf Apartments on April 10.

    Davison has since been released on bond and is living with family in Clear Creek County while subject to numerous bail conditions.