Today's News

  • Column: Passion for prep sports

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    My days of being mistaken for a ball boy on the sidelines of a high school football game are long gone.

    However, my enthusiasm for covering prep sports has never faded. I jumped at the chance when presented with the opportunity to become the new sports editor at the Columbine Courier, High Timber Times, Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant. Telling stories of student-athletes, coaches and teams through the written word and photos is what I was born to do.

  • Platte Canyon blanks Clear Creek

    Craig Harper - For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — “We got out swagger back!” a Platte Canyon football player exuded as coach Mike Schmidt gathered his team for the post-game huddle following a 40-0 victory over rival Clear Creek on Sept. 25.

    To which Schmidt responded afterward, “I never thought we lost it. But if they feel that way, that’s better.”

    At the least, said the Huskies’ Hank Bode, “We got our game back.”

  • Young DJ puts a spin on his future

    The mood-altering, atmosphere-warping sounds of club music spilled onto 16th Avenue moments before the Idaho Springs block party started on Sept. 24.

    Surrounded by a group of fellow high-schoolers, 15-year-old disc jockey Josh Reagon tested his equipment while several people in Citizens Park began to dance.

    Josh, a Clear Creek High School sophomore, was recently hired by the city to DJ for the block party. Josh started DJ’ing almost two years ago.

  • Get a mammogram, get healthy

    County health officials are making it easy for women to get a mammogram on Saturday, Oct. 10, as part of Women's Wellness Day.

    Getting the screening exam from a mobile mammography unit brought in specifically for the event will only take 15 minutes, but you have to sign up in advance. Call public health nurse Tami Bradley at 303-679-2385 to schedule the free appointment. Screenings may be free for women with no insurance or with high-deductible insurance. Screenings are meant for women 40 and older.

  • A pot pourri of pot

    Editor’s note: Clear Creek County is home to a budding recreational marijuana industry — an industry that has blossomed statewide since recreational sales became legal on Jan. 1, 2014. Since then, the state has received $76 million in fees and taxes from this burgeoning business. This is the fourth installment of a series that will trace the marijuana process over the next several months from seedling to sale, and will follow the money that flows into state coffers.

  • Springs plans recognition wall to honor residents’ contributions

    Work began last week on a community recognition wall on the east side of the Idaho Springs city hall.

    The brick wall will display plaques recognizing residents who have made contributions to the city. The wall will be 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, and will cost the city between $2,500 and $3,000 to build.

    Interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams said the city will select honorees each year.

  • Renowned pianist to perform in Georgetown

    Pianist Michael Gurt will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Georgetown Heritage Center's performance space.

    Gurt, a professor of piano at Louisiana State University, has won numerous piano competitions all over the world.

    "(Gurt) has performed as a soloist and with orchestras around the world," said Georgetown resident Maraday Wahlborg. Wahlborg and resident Ann Moore spearheaded the fund-raising effort to purchase the new $27,000 Yamaha grand piano that Gurt will play.

  • Loveland Ski Area installing new lift

    Loveland Ski Area is preparing for ski season with a new lift, and has made a request to the U.S. Forest Service for a restaurant, rental shop and lessons building at Loveland Valley.

    The new Ptarmigan Lift is a triple-chair that replaces the former Chair 2 on the upper part of the hill, said John Sellers, a Loveland Ski Area spokesman.

    Installing the new lift at the former midway point of Lift 2 and shortening that existing base-area lift will be more efficient for skiers, with fewer slowdowns and stops expected on the upper lift, Sellers said.

  • ‘Health-care bus’ suggested for Clear Creek

    A "health-care bus" could be in Clear Creek County's future, according to Cindy Dicken, the county's health and human services director.

  • Silver Lakes residents want trail routed elsewhere

    Bicyclists are not held in high regard in the Silver Lakes neighborhood in Dumont.

    Because they believe that cyclists generally don’t generally follow traffic rules and leave a mess in their wake, many residents don't want a planned new greenway recreational trail to run through the neighborhood.

    About 50 people attended a meeting Sept. 23 at the Dumont School, virtually all of them to protest any trail planned through their neighborhood on the south side of Interstate 70. Many raised their voices.