Today's News

  • ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’

    Editor's note: In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Clear Creek Courant spoke with a county resident about his experience during the Vietnam War.

    1969 — the year of Woodstock and the moon landing — was also the year Bert Weaver failed to dodge the Vietnam draft.

    A college student, Weaver continued to attend college but worked hard not to finish his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Amid tragedy, Sarria excels on court and field

    On senior day at Golddigger Stadium, as the Clear Creek football seniors were greeted on the field by their parents at halftime, one young man, Noah Sarria, was greeted only by his younger sister, Christine. Together, they wept for what that moment meant not only for Noah’s accomplishments, but for what they had lost.

  • Words of honor: Carlson students lauded for academic achievements

    For the first time in recent memory, Carlson Elementary School has started an honor roll, and 28 students were recognized with the new distinction on Nov. 8 during an assembly.

    “We’ve never had one,” said Principal Marcia Jochim. “Not in the 10 years I’ve been here.”

  • County sales tax approved by voters will help with EMS budget shortfall

    County officials say voter approval of a sales tax increase last week to help fund the county’s EMS district will make up a budget shortfall.

    “It’s a big issue for the county, and I’m very proud of our residents who value emergency services to the degree they do,” Commissioner Tim Mauck said. “This will be so important for us helping to meet the challenges with this county budget but also continue to provide first-class service into the future.”

  • Approved bond issue paves way for street improvements

    Idaho Springs officials now must figure out a way to decide which streets will get improvements first after voters last week gave the city the green light to move forward on a bond issue.

    Residents approved an $18 million bond to fix the city’s streets and make water and sewer improvements with 64 percent of the total 435 ballots cast. The city council will use the money to do the work and repay the loan with the 1 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2014 that was earmarked for road improvements.

  • County reps deliberate affordable housing options

    In the next six months, the county could work to streamline the zoning process, create a list of developable land and preserve the county’s current affordable housing, attendees at a housing strategy workshop said on Thursday.

    Representatives from the county’s municipalities, elected officials, business owners, consultants and architects reiterated that affordable housing options are in demand, but there was a dearth of current options or places to build new housing.

  • Cassell ready to dive in to school district work

    Jennifer Cassell, the Clear Creek school board’s newest member, is excited to dive in and help with pressing issues facing the district.

    Cassell won the District C seat in the Nov. 7 election, garnering more than 70 percent of the vote in unofficial results. Cassell beat Scott York, who received about 30 percent of the vote.

    The two were vying for a seat held by Jeanne Biggs, who is term-limited and couldn’t run for the seat again. This was a low-key election with both candidates campaigning by talking with constituents.


    Technology program ahead of schedule

    Thanks to a grant from the King-Murphy Elementary School PTA and a rebate on the cost of Chromebooks, the Clear Creek School District will be able to equip all students in the district with their own e-tablets in two years rather than three.

    Technology director Galen Thompson told the school board at its Thursday work session that model classrooms are now operating in first, fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Carlson Elementary and in first, second, fifth and sixth grades at King-Murphy.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Oct. 30-Nov. 5

    • Monday, Oct. 30 — Clear Creek Dispatch received a report of suspicious activity as unknown people were reportedly trespassing at a residence along Patty Drive. The people left when they saw the resident, who said they would call dispatch back if the unknown people returned.

  • 'Craving' stage presence

    It started as a flurry of activity: students reciting lines, others working on stage lights and sound, while still others moved around set pieces and furniture.

    Then as Deborah Sandblom, Clear Creek High School English teacher and fall play director, started talking, they quieted and drew to her like an iron filing to a magnet.

    They followed her from one side of the stage to the other as she gave directions for the dress rehearsal of the comedy play “The Craving.”