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Today's News

  • Empire to decide soon on whether to hire police officer

    Empire officials will decide whether to hire a police officer in the next month as the town moves into its annual budgeting process.
    Empire saved close to $80,000 this year by not replacing former police chief John Castrodale, who left in January to work for the Idaho Springs Police Department in its No. 2 position.
    Town officials waited to decide whether the town really needed its own law enforcement and can simply have the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office handle calls. Now some officials are leaning toward bringing back a chief of police.

  • High school helps family in need

    By Deb Hurley Brobst
    Staff Writer
    Clear Creek High School has donated $1,000 to a Clear Creek family in dire financial circumstances as dad Walter Lucas battles a debilitating lung disease.
    Lucas is next on the waiting list for a double lung transplant and double heart-bypass surgery in California, which would give him a new lease on life, according to his wife, Kathy. The cost for surgery and his recovery will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Kathy says the family is at the end of its financial rope.

  • Remote-controlled avalanche trigger to be used on Berthoud Pass

    A new system to combat avalanches on Berthoud Pass in Clear Creek is expected to be in operation by the winter of 2015.

    The system is called a "Gazex Exploder,” which can trigger avalanches remotely with a propane-fueled blast of compressed air. 

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will spend $2 million to have five of the systems installed next summer along the Stanley Slide path. The path crosses U.S. 40 in two locations, and an avalanche there has the potential to close the road for days.

  • Investigators examining human skull found near Silver Plume

    A human skull found near Silver Plume is getting a once-over from Texas investigators for clues as to how it got there.

    Few details have been released about the skull, which was found by a hiker on April 15.

    However, the skull is believed to be from a woman between the ages of 23 and 43, based on initial forensic investigation, said Capt. Bruce Snelling, a spokesman for the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office. The skull does not exhibit signs of trauma, Snelling said.

  • Reifeis, Cougars dominate Conifer

    CONIFER — As an ominous cloud hovered overhead Saturday afternoon, a light sprinkle fell on Lobo Field. But by game’s end, the sun had peeked through, shining brightly on the visiting Evergreen Cougars.

    The Mountain Bowl has, at least in recent years, been a nip-and-tuck battle waged until the closing seconds. Not this time. Not for Conifer’s homecoming. Evergreen, ranked No. 5 in the 3A state poll, stole the spotlight in a 44-6 demolition of the ninth-ranked Lobos that was every bit as lopsided as the final score suggests.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS LACROSSE
    Connell named Clear Creek head coach for 2015 season
    Rob Connell has been named the new boys lacrosse coach at Clear Creek High School, athletic director David Schuessler announced. Connell replaces Jake Buescher, who resigned the position to return to college to pursue his degree full-time, Schuessler said.

    Clear Creek was 2-10 during the 2014 spring season.

    “Rob will bring a lot of experience to our staff,” Schuessler said.

  • The Fastest of the Bunch

    Brandon Swenson may only be a 15-year-old sophomore, but he’s been running competitively since he was a seventh-grader at Clear Creek Middle School. He started running with the advice of his dad, Bradley. And, as it has turned out so far, Swenson is pretty good at it.

    “He’s the fastest runner that I’ve had in 18 years at this school,” Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller said.

  • Log home company looking to expand

    A Dumont company that builds log homes wants to expand and hire up to 30 people.

    Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes currently manufactures its homes off site. After 10 years at the location, owner Dennis Anderson has applied for rezoning at 1501 County Road 308 in Dumont so that he can build the kit homes there.

  • Log home company looking to expand

    A Dumont company that builds log homes wants to expand and hire up to 30 people.

    Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes currently manufactures its homes off site. After 10 years at the location, owner Dennis Anderson has applied for rezoning at 1501 County Road 308 in Dumont so that he can build the kit homes there.

  • Lady Diggers scrambling after home loss to Middle Park

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Clear Creek was no match for the best volleyball team in the Frontier League. On the surface, that wouldn’t necessarily seem to be a bad thing for the conference’s lone 2A member. But head coach Karin Thomsen warned the Lady Golddiggers after a home-court rout in straight sets 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 to Middle Park on Oct. 1 that they will face “bigger and stronger” opponents in the upcoming playoffs.