Today's News

  • Hoping to overcome irrationality

    And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. - I Cor. (13:13, KJV)

    No arguing with Paul, but I’d settle for more hope than charity. How, though, does one maintain it in the Age of the Big Lie?

    Liberals interpret hope expansively for humanity and, therefore, a better world. Conservatives tend to see it in a more personal, local context and for an afterlife. Liberals also prefer being proactive not reactive, which makes that better world an achievable goal.

  • Charging for parking on Miner Street seen as option for funding parking garage

    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman expects a consultant to suggest implementing paid parking on Miner Street to help fund construction of a parking garage southwest of the Historic District.

    He said charging for parking or creating a downtown improvement district would be better revenue sources than a property-tax increase, an idea suggested by the city council last year.

  • Idaho Springs targeting abandoned vehicles in city lots

    Some of Idaho Springs' parking lots have been changed from 24-hour to 12-hour lots to help reduce the number of abandoned vehicles taking up the city's limited parking spaces.

    The lots by the Clear Creek County Resource Center and the Exit 240 interchange are affected. The large city-owned parking lot south of the Historic District will remain a 24-hour lot.

  • Springs planning crackdown on meth trade

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is stepping up efforts to combat the use and sale of methamphetamine in the city.

    "It is something we don't like to talk about, but in this town, there is a presence of methamphetamines," Police Chief Chris Malanka said.

    With the city's approval of an additional officer in 2017, the department will have six patrol officers and two detectives. The two detectives will begin focusing on the illegal narcotics in the city.

  • High school hosts robotics competition

    Clear Creek High for the first time hosted a robotics competition on Saturday, a First Tech Challenge qualifier for the state competition. The day drew almost 200 students from 16 schools across the state — from Arvada and Fort Collins to New Castle and Kremmling.

    Clear Creek’s team did not compete because hosting a qualifier automatically guarantees a spot in the state competition.

  • CCHS’ poor shooting can’t make up for defense in defeat

    By Tyler Jordan
    For the Courant

    With the sour taste of their 89-49 road loss to Pinnacle High School on Jan. 23 still fresh in their mouths, the Clear Creek Golddiggers’ boys basketball team and head coach John Onago looked to get off to a better start than the 28-7 first-period hole they dug for themselves just four days earlier. 

  • Lady Diggers come back in the 2nd half

    By Tyler Jordan
    For the Courant

    “What is going on?!” echoed Clear Creek girls basketball coach Marc Gorenstein throughout a packed gymnasium as he slammed his clipboard down against the hardwood court. It was during a timeout with  1 minute, 21 seconds left in first period of Lady Diggers’ highly-anticipated game against the Bennett on Jan. 27.

    “We are better than that,” Gorenstein said.

  • Northern flickers make a big impression in the foothills

    (Reprinted from Jan. 30, 2008)

    Several times each winter, we receive phone calls from someone who has just seen a “large beautiful bird” at their feeder, which they have never seen before. They describe the bird, and I say, “Yes, that’s a northern flicker.” To which their usual reply is, “Oh no, it’s not a flicker; I see them around all summer, but they are not this big or here in the winter.”

  • G-town founders to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame

    Brothers George and David Griffith, who were among Georgetown’s founders, will be inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame on Thursday.

    The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Inc. are honoring the brothers for their contributions to Colorado.

  • Xcel planning upgrades to Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant

    Xcel Energy is spending $88 million to upgrade the Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant above Georgetown, including replacing the two giant turbines that generate electricity.

    Design and engineering work will begin this year, with construction and retrofitting beginning in 2018. The 210-foot upper dam wall will be raised 4 feet to increase storage capacity. The work is expected to take four years.