Today's News

  • ‘Road map’ for high-speed transit unveiled for county

    Clear Creek County officials now have a $130,000 “road map” that may be used to support building a future high-speed rail system on Interstate 70.

    The “I-70 Visioning Statement” will help community leaders evaluate future transportation projects, said Kevin Shanks, a spokesman for THK Associates Inc. in Aurora. THK was paid to create the document, using input from residents and elected officials. It was unveiled at a Clear Creek County commissioners meeting on May 27.

  • High-speed transit talks picking up momentum

    A high-speed rail system plan for the Interstate 70 mountain corridor appears to be gaining steam.

    The I-70 Coalition — a member group of elected officials and representatives from Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle and Garfield counties, among others — will create a committee to study a high-speed rail system known as the Advanced Guideway System, or AGS, after voting on the issue at a meeting on June 5. 

  • Officials hope to get G-town trails a facelift

    Trails that crisscross the hill above Georgetown – along with the nearby Silverdale trailhead — may get a facelift in the coming year.

    Clear Creek County open space officials have applied for money for a $75,000 plan to fix up the trailhead and trails, said Martha Tableman, the county’s open space coordinator. If the county gets the money, plans include building a public bathroom at the trailhead and additional designated fire rings, plus interpretive trail map brochures available at the trailhead.

  • Dumont tree mystery, vandalism needs solving

     Pvt. Rocky Rockwell was recently on leave at the home of his parents, Michael and Diana Rockwell, and his brother Colt, in Downieville. Rocky has returned to the United States after serving 4½ years at the Coronado Naval Base in Hawaii and is currently stationed in Texas. After serving 6½ years in the Navy, he will be released from active duty on June 24, 2014, leaving the service with a rank of equipment operator.

  • Summer’s warmth brings golden banner

     June is such a beautiful month. It is so great to see the outdoors green again. The black-and-white beauty of winter is stark and often exceptional, but the fresh green of June is full of promise of a few months of warm weather.

    I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living, trying to get my back and right leg strong enough to go back home, at least for a little while.

    Looking out my window this morning, it was a delight to see so many spring flowers blooming. The ponderosa pine forest behind this building is where the greatest number of wildflowers grow.

  • Music, books, choir events help keep G-town life active

     To hear the music, the stories and the healing music of Leon Joseph Littlebird is to experience love, harmony and a connection to the wonderful history of our area. Littlebird is a charismatic person. His warm handshake and intent listening skills make you feels like he has known you all your life. After mixing with the crowd that came to hear him play his original songs and tell his stories, Littlebird settled into the two-hour program. It was an interesting mix of song and storytelling that kept the audience spellbound and always wanting more.

  • A front row seat

     Reece Hagler, 6, of Fort Lupton and his mother, Mandy, watch as Reece’s father, Shawn Hagler, competes in the team roping event during the Oh My Gawd Rodeo on Friday at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds in Dumont.

  • County building permits up

    New single-family home permits are driving an increase in the overall number of building permits filed in Clear Creek County since the beginning of the year.

    Through the end of May, 82 building permits had been filed in Clear Creek County, compared with 60 in the first five months of 2013. 

  • Man dies in Clear Creek rafting mishap

    A 41-year-old man on a rafting trip with his wife and daughter died after he fell into Clear Creek east of Idaho Springs on Saturday.

    Brighton resident Kenneth Joe Barkley fell from his raft at about 2:50 p.m. when the raft in front of Barkley’s tipped over, spilling out its passengers.

    Saturday’s incident is one of four in the past week in which rafters have fallen into Clear Creek.

  • Coach of the year: Ben Potter, Clear Creek, girls soccer

    By Michael Hicks
    Sports Editor
    The 2013 girls soccer season was a building block for Clear Creek in 2014, head coach Ben Potter said. The team didn’t make the playoffs a year ago, but it also didn’t dwell on that fact. Instead, the Lady Golddiggers used it as a motivational tool. It worked out quite well.
    Clear Creek, after a 2-3 start, won seven of its final nine regular-season games to finish 9-6, 9-2 in the 3A Region 8 conference to qualify for the postseason for just the second time in school history and the second time in three seasons.