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Today's News

  • Nine semifinalists are named for Clear Creek’s county manager post

    Clear Creek County commissioners have chosen nine semifinalists from a pool of 38 candidates for the vacant county manager job.

    The nine were asked to describe their management styles and to respond in writing to other, similar questions, said Carl Small, the county’s finance director and one of three county employees currently filling the manager role. Former county administrator Tom Breslin left in late June to take a job as town manager of Dillon for $120,000 per year.

  • Detective was true to his mission, and himself

    Detective Al Billinger had his own special brand of “roadside justice” during the patrol years of his 29-year career with the sheriff’s department in Clear Creek County.

  • Library no longer assessing fines for overdue kids’ books

    Parents: it’s OK to let your kids check those books out of the library, because the Clear Creek Library District is no longer charging overdue fees for easy books and juvenile chapter and nonfiction books.

  • Idaho Springs hires community developer

    Tim Katers is the new interim community developer in Idaho Springs.

    City council members hired Katers to work part-time at an hourly rate, as all the city’s job descriptions are re-evaluated. The hourly rate and the future budget for the job were not immediately available from the city. Katers said he expects the job to grow to a full-time position in the coming months.

  • Cost doubles for shoulder lane on I-70

    It could now cost $72 million to build an eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 from Empire to Idaho Springs — $36 million more than state transportation officials originally budgeted.

    A bank loan of $20 million to $30 million could cover most of the difference, according to a memo from Tony DeVito, the state transportation director in charge of the region, to state transportation commissioners.

  • Three finalists named for county manager

    The Clear Creek county commissioners have chosen three finalists for the open county manager job, all of them from Colorado.

    The three candidates are:

    • Jane Berry, most recently town administrator/clerk/treasurer in Walden.

    • James "Mitch" Houston, chief intellectual property officer at Quest Technologies in Denver and a member of the Clear Creek County Board of Education.

  • Diggers limping into first bye week

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    THORNTON — The natural reaction after getting drilled is to bounce right back into action and take out the frustration on the next opponent. In the case of Clear Creek’s football team, the heart is willing, the body not so much.

    The Golddiggers’ physical wounds matched the emotional scars following a 42-6  pounding at Cornerstone Christian in the 1A Metro League opener on Sept. 6, leaving them relishing a bye this week.

  • Lady Diggers ‘Twin Towers’ take charge

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Oscar Wilde would be proud of Karin Thomsen. So far, the Clear Creek volleyball coach has resisted the temptation to pair her “Twin Towers” together on the court — though she’s intrigued by the prospect.

    Until then, Anna Schwecke and Becca Abrahamson will take turns terrorizing opponents.

  • Parents should embrace educator role

    In my book, Neil Zeron was one of the greats. As a rookie teacher struggling to hold my head above water in a sea of 13-year-olds whose last desire was to sit in an eighth-grade American history class, Neil was a font of wisdom. He became my mentor, a trusted guide into and through the byzantine labyrinth of teaching.
    During one conversation at happy hour, which became our debriefing sessions, I reflectively mused what it would be like to see how “my kids” turned out later in their lives.

  • Goldfinches check out feeders as fall weather arrives

    Friday, Sept. 5, had been a wet, cloudy day that finally turned into rain about 5:30 p.m. It feels much too cold for September, but so be it. Our summer is over because by the time you read this, it will be Wednesday, Sept. 10. I just hope we will still have some nice fall weather in September and October.
    Many people have asked what they can bring me, to which I have had to respond that there’s nothing that I really need. I am grateful for their kindness and desire to be good friends by their offers to bring me some tokens of their friendship.