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Today's News

  • Front-end loader rolls, killing Arvada man

    A front-end loader rolled down an embankment and killed an Arvada man as he was widening a dirt road to the Franklin Mine above Idaho Springs.

    David A. Pineau, 72, was crushed in the accident on Aug. 11, according to Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling. The information was not immediately released pending notification of Pineau's family.

  • Fire Authority eyes purchase of three ATVs

    Members of the Clear Creek Fire Authority board may spend about $23,000 to buy three all-terrain vehicles to help fight wildland fires and work at special events.

    The board discussed buying two single-seat ATVs and one "side-by-side" ATV, as well as trailers to carry them, at a regular board meeting Aug. 12. Fire officials were instructed to look at prices from more vendors on the equipment being discussed and to bring more information to the board's September meeting.

  • Possible thefts reported from St. Mary's mailboxes

    Recent attempts to break into mailboxes in St. Mary’s have prompted the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office to advise residents to watch for suspicious individuals or vehicles.

    Several mailboxes in the community showed evidence that someone had tried to break into them, it was reported Aug. 5. A similar incident occurred several months ago.

    “It looks like they tried to pry open the back of the mailboxes,” said Capt. George Weidler.

  • Springs-Georgetown bus service planned

    A new Idaho Springs-Georgetown bus route may get rolling in January, after county officials recently received a $75,000 state grant for a new bus.

    Hundreds of people in Clear Creek County who can’t drive could be a target market for the new bus service, said John Bryan, a Clear Creek County spokesman. A private taxi service costs as much as $80 for a ride across the county, Bryan pointed out.

  • Event center idea still under consideration

    An event center feasibility study may still be in Clear Creek County's future, based on a meeting that's planned between BBC Research and Consulting and the county commissioners.

    The Denver consulting firm was one of three companies that bid to do an event center feasibility report in January before the project was put on hold. County officials still plan to hold a meeting with BBC Research, based on information announced in a recent commission meeting.

  • USFS extends sport-shooting comment period

    About 170 residents have submitted comments about a new plan to manage sport shooting on U.S. Forest Service lands in the region.

    Officials have extended the public comment period to Sept. 9 because of interest in the issue, said Tammy Williams, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson. The Forest Service also has scheduled a public meeting on the issue at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Clear Creek School District Administration Building, 320 Highway 103 in Idaho Springs.

  • A trash-talking, beer-drinking good time on the field

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courant
    IDAHO SPRINGS — If you try too hard playing co-ed slow-pitch softball, your team might not do so well. Instead, it may behoove you to focus on a little friendly trash talk, drinking beer, having fun and playing ball.
    On Aug. 20 at the Idaho Springs Ball Fields, it was the final night of regular-season play in the Clear Creek Metropolitan Rec District co-ed league before the postseason tournament where one of five teams will try and snatch the title from three-time defending champion Bad Influence.

  • Arneson embraces game he once despised

    Reed Arneson used to say that he would never touch a football. All he wanted when he was younger was more time with his dad, R.G., a former offensive guard at the University of Nebraska.
    He wanted to just play, not watch, football like his dad. Now, the 18-year-old Clear Creek High four-year starter couldn’t imagine his life without the game as a part of it.
    “I couldn’t picture my life any other way. If I got home before 7 o’clock, I wouldn’t know what to do with my life,” Arneson said.

  • School board should reassess its value

    In last week’s column, I noted Mark Twain’s dismissive attitude toward school boards. Needless to say, Twain was eviscerating.

    Unlike my literary hero, I have been on both sides of the school board table, having negotiated a master contract in Summit County in my capacity as teacher association president and having served on the Clear Creek board. During those experiences, I dealt with some who brought to mind Twain’s epithet. But I primarily collaborated with stellar, thoughtful citizens who focused on creating sound educational policy.

  • Texas officer to become Springs’ next police chief

    Chris Malanka, a lieutenant in the Austin, Texas, police department, will become Idaho Springs’ new police chief on Oct. 1.

    The Idaho Springs city council officially hired Malanka at its meeting Monday night. He will be paid $80,000 a year.

    “Council felt that he was a good fit for the community, (and) he was very energetic,” said Mayor Mike Hillman. “He had researched our community and what was going on and some of the things we have envisioned for the future, (and) he was very excited, very enthusiastic about it.”