Today's News

  • School district gets input on three possible paths

    Three proposals for different administrative structures for the Clear Creek School District generated optimism among parents and teachers at a community meeting last Thursday at the middle/high school.

  • No stop for Clear Creek on planned I-70 bus service

    Local officials are unhappy that the Colorado Department of Transportation’s $21 million plan to begin a regional bus service by the end of the year will have no stops in Clear Creek County.

    An e-mail movement to petition the state agency with requests to consider the county for a stop has spread. In addition, CDOT project leader Michael Timlin said he’s been inundated with phone calls from concerned citizens in recent days.

  • The rest is history

    Eighth-graders at Clear Creek Middle School blended American history with contemporary politics last Thursday during the annual mock congressional hearings.

    Working in teams, they spoke knowledgeably about the country’s first political parties, compared with political parties of today; the application of the Bill of Rights; and state versus federal rights.

  • Mountain Area Science Fair 2014 winners

     Winners at the Mountain Area Science Fair, which was held Saturday at Evergreen Country Day School.


    Second and third grades



    1st place, James Aldrich, Parachute Power, Bergen

    2nd place, Taylor Lozowick, Row, Row, Tow your Boat, Wilmot

    3rd place, Joshua Clapp, Floating Balloons, Parmalee

    4th place, Tori Field, Far Flying, Evergreen Country Day School



  • They are still red foxes no matter what color they are

     Probably the most common animal to be seen in this area is the red fox. When we first moved to Evergreen in 1965, there were only gray foxes to be seen, but it wasn’t long before a red fox moved in, and then gray foxes disappeared. For some time now, red foxes have dominated in the area to the point where I have not seen a gray fox for a long time.

  • Education reformers must take blinders off

     “We’re all the same, but at the same time, we’re all different,” professor John D. Hass explained to his methods class I was taking while earning my teaching credentials. 

    He used a lunch line as an example: A student should always enter at the back unless one has a special need such as having to make up a test. That principle served me well not only throughout my career but also with my societal outlook. 

  • Student hypotheses fare well (mostly) at GCS event

    Five-year-old Ellie Bottomley didn’t stand alone for long next to her science fair display in the Georgetown Community School gym.

    Ellie’s project, a wind-propelled wooden car with different types of sails, drew other kindergartners as she explained its details.

    As one of the youngest science fair participants, Ellie displayed enthusiasm for her project, and quickly brought it out in others.

    “Wow! That’s awesome,” one of Ellie’s kindergarten classmates said, looking at the little vehicle.

  • Roundabouts raise worries with residents

    Idaho Springs residents are skeptical of CDOT’s plan to put two roundabouts on the east end of the city when it replaces the bridge over Interstate 70 at exit 241.

    Residents at a town hall meeting Feb. 4 said the proposal did not address how pedestrians could get through the area and whether the roundabouts would cause traffic backups, and they felt pressured into approving the project without time to consider it.

  • Hiker dies from exposure on Chief Mountain

    A 44-year-old man from the Denver area died from exposure on Chief Mountain near Highway 103 over the weekend.

    Clear Creek sheriff's personnel and the Alpine Rescue Team found the body of Joseph Ong more than 25 hours after he became separated from his hiking partner on Saturday morning.

    According to Maj. Rick Albers with the Sheriff’s Office, the man was still alive when discovered by rescuers but died before he could be transported.

    Albers said Ong’s death was the first outdoors-related fatality of the year in Clear Creek County.

  • Idaho Springs council mulls new marijuana regulations

    Citing concerns about a negative public perception, the Idaho Springs city council discussed ways to regulate the marijuana business, which has been booming since recreational pot use became legal Jan. 1.

    At a study session Monday, council members said they were leaning against allowing marijuana businesses to expand; were considering leaving the 70/30 rule that requires pot businesses to grow 70 percent of their own product; and did not favor allowing smoking clubs in the city.