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Today's News

  • Coach of the year: Marc Gorenstein

    Marc Gorenstein didn’t have to look far to realize how good the Clear Creek girls basketball team was going to be during the 2014-15 season, not with four seniors — Anna Schwecke, Katie Vieweg, Claire Werlin and Kaela Kalabany — leading the way.
    But even then he didn’t expect the season that the Lady Golddiggers had.
    “It was great, especially because with the four seniors that we had it was great to see them succeed as well as they did. It was fun,” Gorenstein said.

  • Female athlete of the year: Anna Schwecke

    There is little doubt, be it on the basketball or the volleyball court, that Anna Schwecke left her mark on Clear Creek High School over the past four years. The 6-foot-1 recent graduate was an imposing figure on the athletic field.
    A three-sport athlete — she also played soccer — Schwecke was the catalyst for CCHS’ girls basketball and volleyball teams. They, pretty much, went as far as she took them. For that, Schwecke has been named the 2014-15 Clear Creek Courant Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year.

  • Male athlete of the year: Nate Kocol

    Nate Kocol would consider himself a football player first and foremost with lacrosse being his hobby sport. He was also, self-admittedly, a better wrestler than he was a basketball player. But during the 2014-15 school year, the recently graduated Clear Creek High student-athlete played all four sports, and he did quite well for himself in each discipline.
    Kocol, a 12-time letter-winner over the course of four years and a captain in three of the four sports, has been named the 2014-15 Male Athlete of the Year by the Clear Creek Courant.

  • Two snowbound hikers rescued on Mount Evans

    Two brothers from the Denver area who got lost on a Mount Evans hike were airlifted out by helicopter Tuesday night after calling for help on a cell phone.

  • Girls at Cougar Camp learn from a pro

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courant
    Evergreen High School’s girls basketball camp has been running for nearly two decades, but this year the elementary and middle school campers are getting some extra coaching from a pro.
    Cougars junior varsity coach Cheryl Newhall is leading this year’s Cougar Camp. Earlier in the year, Newhall contacted pro basketball player and 2008 Evergreen graduate Tricia Oaks to help coach the girls.

  • Building the EHS mystique

    At times, it would’ve been difficult to notice that the Evergreen Cougars’ summer tournament team hadn’t practiced once prior to the start of the Colorado Dugout Club Classic tournament. Then, at other times, it was as clear as day.

  • County eyeing land near Bakerville exit for shooting range

    Clear Creek County officials could buy land to establish a public shooting range near the Bakerville exit on the north side of Interstate 70.

    The price of the land and the potential cost for improvements were not immediately available. The property is on the frontage road north of I-70 and just east of a bridge over I-70 that's euphemistically referred to as "the bridge to nowhere." It's near mile marker 224 on the highway. 

  • Gambling towns turning into ‘tinsel’

    “The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other.”

    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Some years ago, I spontaneously took a trip to Las Vegas. I’ve little interest in gambling, and my betting skills are less than my interest, but the thought of basking in the sun around a pool after a harsh Rocky Mountain winter seemed the perfect elixir.

  • Springs hires another code enforcement officer

    The city of Idaho Springs has hired a code compliance officer for the second time this year.

    Georgetown resident Steven Zacharias was selected last week from five candidates. He will start June 8, assuming the duties formerly held by Peter Krzanowsky, who left recently after being in the position for a few months.

    Zacharias’ job will include handling animal complaints, parking violations and other ordinance issues.

  • 2015 Empire Frog Rodeo canceled

    This year’s Empire Frog Rodeo has been canceled due to a lack of volunteers, but Mayor Wendy Koch said the event will likely be brought back next year.

    As the sole dedicated volunteer, Koch said she doesn’t have the necessary time or resources.

    “And I cannot find anyone who will do it,” Koch said. “It is just getting too close to time, and it hasn’t been done, and there’s just no way to bring it all together.”