Today's News

  • Dog adoptions up at shelter in 2014

    The Clear Creek/Gilpin Animal Shelter saw a record year for dog adoptions in 2014, and it’s planning new programs and new construction in 2015.

    The shelter, also known as Charlie’s Place, adopted out 183 dogs last year, a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

    This year, the shelter will implement additional obedience training for the dogs and will find ways to keep them stimulated, including a dog park so the animals can get more exercise. Lastly, to keep dogs more comfortable in inclement weather, roofs are being installed on outdoor kennels.

  • School board votes to hire Marshall as superintendent

    The Clear Creek school board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to appoint Roslin Marshall, the former middle school principal, as district superintendent.

    Marshall had acted as interim superintendent since May, when the school board accepted the resignation of superintendent Todd Lancaster.

    The board approved Marshall to serve as superintendent for one year.

  • Effort to oust fire chief unsuccessful

    An attempt by two board members of the Clear Creek Fire Authority to pressure longtime Fire Chief Kelly Babeon to resign was tabled Jan. 14 by the other board members, who expressed opposition to the plan.

    Nearly 50 people filled the Dumont Fire Station to standing-room-only for the board meeting. The vast majority in attendance supported Babeon and decried what many considered “back-room dealings” to terminate him.

  • Denver area companies submit bids on proposed event center in county

    Three Denver area consulting companies want to help Clear Creek County officials decide if a proposed event center would be economically feasible.

    Consulting firms BBC Research and Consulting and Otak in Denver and THK Associates Inc. in Aurora submitted bids, said Beth Luther, executive assistant to the county commissioners, told the three commissioners at a meeting last week. The bids are “lengthy,” at probably 100 pages or so each, Luther said. The bid amounts were not immediately available from the county.

  • Tennessee doctor puts plans for local clinic on hold

    A Tennessee doctor’s plans for a new office in Idaho Springs are “on hold” because of health issues.

    In May, Toby Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in Idaho Springs within six to 18 months on the former lumberyard property on Miner Street. Last week, Hampton said he was delaying those plans, in an e-mail response to questions posed by a Clear Creek Courant reporter.

  • Commissioners delay decision on pot growing

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners again have delayed a decision about where legal marijuana growing may be allowed in the county in the future.

  • Clear Creek transfer station seeing more customers


    Clear Creek has seen an increase in trash and recycle drop-off business, now that the Evergreen transfer station is closed, according to Clear Creek transfer station manager Bob Tiedermann.

    In response, county officials plan to discuss a fee restructuring in the near future to capture more revenue, said Jo Ann Sorensen, county land use division director, who oversees the transfer station.

  • City, county honor law officers

    To show gratitude for the hard work of law enforcement officers, Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman signed a resolution last Friday making it Idaho Springs Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

    The resolution came on the heels of a similar measure passed by the county supporting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9.

    The idea for both resolutions came from Idaho Springs Elks Lodge exalted ruler Troy Erickson after the lodge wrote thank-you letters to each sheriff’s deputy and Idaho Springs police officer.

  • Book chronicles history of Loveland Ski Area

    A specialty publisher recently completed a book celebrating Loveland Ski Area’s 75-year history in Clear Creek.

    The Donning Co., in conjunction with Loveland, created the 160-page coffee-table book, “Loveland Ski Area: Colorado’s Best Known Secret,” which chronicles the early days of the iconic ski resort up to its 75th anniversary in 2013. The book sells for  $34.99.

    The book details the area’s background, from ski clubs and weddings to early snow-making efforts.

  • There’s a new sheriff in town — but many thanks go to Krueger

    Surrounded by employees, co-workers, county officials and friends, longtime Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said goodbye to public service at his retirement party on Jan. 7.

    Krueger received plaques, a resolution recognizing his service, accolades, a memorial coin, a “retired” badge, and a standing ovation.

    “Thank you. It’s been a hell of a ride,” said Krueger, who served as a deputy sheriff from 1988 to 1995 and as sheriff from 1995 to 2015.