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Today's News

  • Desire for new skate park on wheels

    Momentum is building to find a way to build a new skate park in Idaho Springs.

    More than 20 community members met last Friday to discuss possible park locations and funding sources in an effort to have a park completed by 2017. Dane Matthew, director of the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, said the search for a location is the only hurdle to construction.

    “Where is the key question that we’re really trying to answer,” Matthew said.

  • CDOT's public-private deals lead to calls for more oversight

    Editor’s note:With the blessing of the Federal Highway Authority, Colorado authorities have embraced public-private financing for road construction projects around the state. This is the second installment in a three-part series looking at questions of cost, oversight and accountability.

    A consumer watchdog group and some elected officials want more oversight of a $72 million express toll lane project under construction in the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

  • For whom the lane tolls

    Editor’s note: With the blessing of the Federal Highway Authority, Colorado authorities have embraced public-private financing for road construction projects around the state. This is the first installment in a three-part series looking at questions of cost, oversight and accountability.

    Anyone who has driven east on Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County on a winter weekend knows the drill — be ready for a marathon session on the road.

  • U.S. 6 closed till 5 p.m. Saturday for trail project

    Workers this week are installing a key underpass for the Peaks to Plains recreational trail during a week-long shutdown of U.S. 6.

    The closure between mile markers 257 and 260 is scheduled through 5 p.m. Saturday. The closure limits access to Interstate 70 from Golden on U.S. 6. Access on the other branch of road to Black Hawk and Central City from Golden remains open.

  • Grass fire near I-70 contained

    Firefighters extinguished a small grass fire Saturday along Interstate 70 near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.

    Multiple fire departments first responded to the 4-acre blaze at 1:30 p.m.

    The cause of the fire was not yet known.

    See the full story in next week's Clear Creek Courant.

  • First spring migrants appear in foothills

    As March draws to a close, it feels more like spring every day. I love this time of year when winter slowly loses its grip on the land, and spring gets closer every day.

    Some days when the sky is blue and the temperature rises well above 60 degrees, you feel like spring is already here. Those of us who have lived here for awhile know better; we also know it may snow tomorrow, and it will be a long time still before Elk Meadow looks green instead of grayish-tan.

  • Fire destroys home in Clear Creek subdivision

    Fire destroyed a house in the Blue Valley subdivision in eastern Clear Creek County on Tuesday afternoon, after the home's residents were forced to evacuate.

  • Tennessee doctor abandons plan for clinic in Springs

    The former Idaho Springs Lumber Co. is back on the market, after a Tennessee doctor decided not to put a health care clinic there after all.

    The 1-acre property at 1965 Miner St. is listed for $539,000 with ReMax Mountain Realty. Tennessee doctor Toby Hampton said a year ago that he bought the property for $450,000.

    At the time, Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in the next 18 months. He operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee.

  • Depleted Diggers let lead slip away

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    The Clear Creek girls soccer team hopes its 3-0 start wasn’t fool’s gold.

    Playing without two starters, the Lady Golddiggers suffered their first loss as 3A Sheridan scored two minutes apart in the final 6 minutes, 9 seconds — the first goal on a free kick from just outside the penalty area after a hand-ball call — for a 4-3 victory at CCHS on March 21.

  • Messages for those involved with I-70

    The results are in: The Rail to Vail is a success!

    Well, OK, there’s no train through the Interstate 70 corridor providing rapid transit for Summit and Eagle county snow riders, but there were two from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park on March 14 and 15, and they sold out in hours.

    Skiers and boarders, as well as those who wanted to visit the area for just fun, were elated. No doubt some rode the train for nostalgic and “to-be-cool” reasons, but others appreciated the alternative to the never-to-be-ending I-70 morass.