Today's News

  • Officials from Henderson Mine, county discuss closure

    Officials from the Henderson Mine and the county confirmed at a community meeting April 29 that the mine will close in about 10 years, and they answered questions about ways to offset the negative economic impacts of the closure.

  • 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.

  • Clear Creek needs to think, act boldly

    When preparing to write this column, I began by constructing an ideas list about intrinsic community assets young Americans expect or anticipate. The list, which surely is incomplete, follows, but upon reflecting on it, I’ve come realize it can be summarized in three words: the American Dream.

    The promise of America, whether for native-born youth or immigrants, is something that does separate us from most other nations. It helps make us exceptional.

  • Common house wren sings its bubbling spring song

    When I stretched out on my bed on the afternoon of May 12, I had only intended to rest my old back for a few minutes. But of course, I fell asleep. I was awakened about 20 minutes later by the bubbling song of a house wren.

    It had been an exceptionally warm day, and I had my windows open a few inches. The house wren sang again, this time louder than before. It was sitting on my windowsill, singing his welcome to the fine spring day.

  • Council member, code enforcement officer resign in Springs

    An Idaho Springs city council member and the city’s new code enforcement officer both resigned last week.

    Ward 3’s Lisa Highley on May 11 submitted a resignation letter to the city, saying she’s moving closer to her daughter, who lives in New Hampshire.

    Code compliance officer Peter Krzanowsky resigned from his duties with the city to pursue other opportunities.

    Ward 3 seat

  • Fahnline beats fears, then sets record

    LAKEWOOD — The 2A track and field championships can be an intimidating experience, especially for someone who was making her state debut like Clear Creek sophomore Maddie Fahnline was. So was it intimidating, at least at first?

    “Yes,” Fahnline said matter-of-factly. “It’s been this giant trip of nervousness, and you’re scared like you’re going to throw 30 feet and in reality you’re going to have the new school record in the discus.”

    Nerves? What nerves?

  • Mine’s closure provides opportunities

    The situation was presented in the CCHS auditorium by Henderson Mine/Climax Molybdenum officials, the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. and the county commissioners: Henderson will more than likely cease production after 2026.

     “The Henderson deposit is well defined,” said Henderson Mine general manager Stuart Teuscher. “It would be a gamble to think it could go past 2026.”

  • King-Murphy sixth-graders study homelessness

    A sixth-grade project intended for students to show what they learned in elementary school turned into something so much more.

    The sixth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary spent four months researching homelessness, coming away with more empathy for homeless people and their plight. Because of the experience, the students say they want to find more ways to help the homeless get back on their feet.

    The project is called Exhibition, and it is a requirement for International Baccalaureate schools. King-Murphy has been an IB school for more than three years.

  • Ranger sees need for wildlife bridge over I-70

    It’s time to build an elevated wildlife crossing across Interstate 70 to lower the number of animal-vehicle collisions, said Penny Wu, U.S. Forest Service ranger.

  • White-breasted nuthatches begin nesting

    Almost everyone who has a bird feeder in a wooded area has a pair or two of white-breasted nuthatches coming to it. Although some books refer to them as being entirely insectivorous, I have watched them eat sunflower seeds at my feeders.