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Today's News

  • School’s greenhouse cultivates knowledge, cooperation

    Clear Creek High School’s greenhouse has germinated many seeds this year: for the botany class, the school’s special-needs students, the Interact Club and the county’s Rotary Club. And they are all intertwined.

    Clear Creek County 2000 Rotary donated money for the greenhouse, which was built in April 2010 on the southwest corner of the school. The botany class spent the year cleaning up the greenhouse, which had fallen into disrepair, and grew crops.

  • Links to a kinder school

    Several students dragged thousands of brightly colored paper chains down Miner Street to the football field Monday morning and stretched them across the grass from goalpost to goalpost and halfway back again.

    Called a Random Acts of Kindness chain, the individual links of paper, each with a single act of kindness written on one side, took the students seven months to build. The entire school came to the football field to see the results of their kindness.

  • Consultant to address issues at King-Murphy

    Clear Creek School District officials have created a plan to help King-Murphy Elementary work through the negative issues that have plagued the school.

    The district is hiring an outside consultant to speak with parents, teachers and administrators to hear concerns and develop solutions to what has been called the school’s negative culture. Parents say that culture is a result of a lack of communication, transparency and accountability among many groups at the school.

  • County’s sixth-graders get a lesson in teamwork

    Using ropes, teamwork and ingenuity, a group of sixth-graders walked a large wooden “A” down the field. Like a dizzy giant, it swayed, bowed, teetered and threatened to fall forward.

    Once they reached the end of the course, an adult volunteer informed the students they had the best performance of the day. The students cheered.

  • Picture-perfect attendance

    Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill attended school every day of his high school career — all 664 days — and he now has a flat-screen television to show for it.

    Austin, 18, was the last honoree at the school’s awards ceremony May 11 for his accomplishment, and school officials don’t remember the last time a student reached this milestone.

    Austin’s 32-inch television comes courtesy of the Evergreen Walmart, which donated the TV at the request of Beau Campbell, the school’s resource officer.

  • Radio station will make the move to Argo Gold Mine and Mill

    It’s official: KYGT-FM is moving from its current location to the Argo Gold Mine and Mill.

    The nonprofit radio station, currently located in a cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs, must move by March 1, 2017, to make room for the expansion of Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park.

    The new owners of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill are offering the station a rent-free home and are hosting a fund-raiser to facilitate the move from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the historic tourist site.

  • New Idaho Springs police officer is sworn in at council meeting

    Newly hired police officer Ryan Frost was sworn in during the May 3 city council meeting, starting a new tradition for Idaho Springs.

    Police Chief Chris Malanka said he wanted to start having public swearing-in ceremonies.

  • Condon focuses on eco-development in county commission campaign

    County commission candidate Cindy Condon said she wants to encourage economic development and bring fiscal responsibility to the county.

    The Silver Plume resident, a former Idaho Springs city administrator and chair of the Clear Creek County Republicans, is running for the District 3 commissioner seat.

    “I have a proven track record for balancing budgets and bridging revenue shortfalls. I think that’s important,” Condon said. “I am a longtime resident, and I have a commitment to this community.”

  • District accepts offer for Empire School

    The Clear Creek School District has accepted an offer for the Empire School building, and the new owner wants to put a convenience store and gas station on the property on the south side of the town.

    While the $300,000 offer has been accepted, it could be months before the sale is finalized, according to district business manager Willie Leslie. He said a convenience store would be a good addition to the community.

  • Loveland Ski Area wraps up banner season

    Loveland Ski Area is reporting one of the busiest years in its 79-year history.

    The ski resort closed for the season Sunday, but despite a slightly shorter-than-average season, spokesman John Sellers said 2015-16 was "exceptional."

    "It was a great season for us," Sellers said, "and anecdotally what I've heard from other resorts is, it sounds like everybody did well along the I-70 Corridor."