Today's News

  • Polis shops in Springs to support local merchants

    When 2nd Congressional District Congressman Jared Polis visits Idaho Springs during the holiday season, he wants to shop.

    Polis was in town Tuesday not only to buy gifts for his mother and sister, but to meet with local business owners about economic struggles they're experiencing related to the Highway 103 bridge being removed for Interstate 70 construction.

  • Slow beginning, turnovers keep Diggers in check

    LYONS — Lyons’ defense, or at least what Clear Creek allowed it to do, played as much a factor as anything else in the Golddiggers’ 68-46 setback Dec. 13 at Lyons High School. Turnovers — lots of them — didn’t help Clear Creek, either.

    Zach Christiansen scored a game-high 22 points and Justin Gorman added 14 as Lyons, and behind a full-court pressure defense, pulled away for its second victory in a week over CCHS. The Lions (3-3) beat Clear Creek 44-36 at Highland High School on Dec. 6.

  • Outside shot opens up for Lady Diggers

    LYONS — With the height that Clear Creek’s girls basketball team has, particularly with Anna Schwecke and Rebecca Abrahamson controlling the paint, the Lady Golddiggers know that teams are going to focus on them down low and force CCHS to shoot from the outside. Lyons did just that Dec. 12, but Clear Creek had an answer, namely Katie Vieweg.

  • Diggers’ McNeil wastes little time

    BAILEY — There’s something to be said for experience, and luckily for Clear Creek wrestling coach Stan Gould, he has that this season. Instead of dedicating the early part of the 2014-15 season to the sport’s fundamentals, Gould can work with his wrestlers on getting them better than they already were.

  • CIA’s culture needs an overhaul

    Since the 15th century when Tomas de Torquemada made his mark, his name has become synonymous with torture. Torquemada was a Dominican monk, quite pious, it is said, in his private life but fanatical in his public role. He was appointed by Spain’s Most Catholic Majesties Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain to head the Inquisition.

    Torquemada was aptly named, in that torque means “to twist, turn, turn about, twist awry, and torture.” That is what he did to human bodies.

  • Ceremony to dedicate Veterans Memorial Tunnels canceled

    The threat of inclement weather has forced the cancelation of Sunday's ceremony to celebrate the Veterans Memorial Tunnels’ new name and the completion of the widening of both bores.

    Colorado Department of Transportation officials are moving up the start of the lane realignment to Saturday from Sunday evening.

  • County approves up to $1.3 milion for remodeling sheriff's office

    The Clear Creek County sheriff’s office will finally get a face-lift, after county commissioners signed a contract for up to $1.3 million with MR Construction last week.

    Commissioners previously budgeted $1.1 million for the project — $300,000 in this year’s county budget and $800,000 in next year’s budget, according to documents posted on the county website.

  • Report turns up the heat on drilling — in a good way

    A new hot-water report in Clear Creek County has at least one economic development advocate saying, “Drill, baby, drill!”

    Ed Rapp, the advocate, called on colleagues at the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. to support his idea to do "wildcat drilling" for water heated geothermally — basically drilling a test well near Empire using information from the report. Rapp spoke at a meeting of the economic development group last Thursday.

  • County officials sore about eyesores

    The image Clear Creek County presents to outsiders might be holding it back on the economic development front, leaders say.

    “(We need to make) a list of business owners that don’t take pride in the county,” County Commissioner Tim Mauck said. “The view from the interstate gives people the vision that they get in this community. We need to be honest about that.”

    Empty properties that have piles of material stacked on them are an area of concern, Mauck said. So are aging mobile home parks around the county, he said.

  • Youth, mental slipups stop CCHS in its track

    AULT — When you graduate three of your top six players, lose another because he went home after a year serving as a foreign-exchange student and only have two players back with regular varsity experience, growing pains are to be expected. Clear Creek is most definitely undergoing that right now.