Today's News

  • Hiking safety a priority

    The Alpine Rescue Team’s Safety Day on Saturday was a win-win for both attendees and rescuers.

    Attendees learned about backcountry safety and were able to attend seminars on cell phones and personal locator beacons, mountain weather and avalanche safety. They checked out the vehicles used in search-and-rescue operations and met with rescuers. There were also games to entertain the kids, a visit by a Flight for Life helicopter, and search-and-rescue dogs to meet.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • John McEuen, co-founder of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to perform at United Center

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courant

    Nov. 3 will be a homecoming of sorts for John McEuen.

    The California native, who is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, lived in Clear Creek for 20 years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fun run raises funds, community spirit at King-Murphy

    The King-Murphy PTA’s second annual fun run fund-raiser on Friday morning was a success in several ways:

    • Students enjoyed the 38-degree fresh air as they ran laps around the turf field. Most of the younger students ran at least 1.5 miles in about 30 minutes, with a few running closer to 3 miles. The first group included the preschoolers through second-graders, with the older students running later.