Today's News

  • Hillman eyes county commissioner seat

    Second-term Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman has announced his intention to run for the Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners as a Republican candidate.

    Hillman will run for the District 1 seat, currently held by term-limited Commissioner Tim Mauck, in the November election. Hillman and former school board president Jeanne Biggs are both hoping to land the GOP nomination for the March 24 Republican County Assembly. Unaffiliated candidate Bill Macy and Democrat George Marlin have also announced their intention to run for the seat as well.

  • Biggs announces bid for commissioner seat

    Former school board member Jeanne Biggs is running for the Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners as a Republican candidate.

    Biggs announced her intention to run for the District 1 seat, currently held by term-limited Commissioner Tim Mauck, in the November election.

    Biggs and Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman are both vying for the GOP nod during the March 24 Republican County Assembly. Democrat George Marlin and unaffiliated candidate Bill Macy already have announced their intention to run for the seat as well.

  • Georgetown Community School interim principal Doug Hesbol is becoming part of the community

    It’s 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, and Georgetown Community School’s interim principal is turning on lights at the school in anticipation of a new day.

    “I’m having so much fun,” Doug Hesbol said of his job. “This is an amazing place.”

    After eight weeks at the helm of the public charter school, Hesbol is enamored with the school and its students and staff, with the people he’s met, and with Georgetown itself.

  • 2018 legislative update: Bills to watch

    The following is a brief summary of the newest bills that state representatives and senators who serve Clear Creek County are the primary sponsors of, including updates on previously introduced bills that have passed or failed since the Courant’s last update on Jan. 24.

    State Rep. Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, SD 2

    SB18-061: Traditional and large premium cigars tax definition

    Introduced: Jan. 29

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Feb. 12-18

    • Monday, Feb. 12 — A deputy received a report about threatening notes being left at an Old Squaw Pass Road residence. The deputy received a call later from the party stating that they no longer wanted to file a complaint.

    • Tuesday, Feb. 13 — An Idaho Springs police officer reportedly observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way down Colorado Boulevard. The officer issued a summons for driving under restraint and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

  • The un-squeaky wheel

    “The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” as the old proverb goes. The problem with this saying, as it applies to politics, is that the loudest voices are not always the will of the majority.  
    It seems more and more that the media and our government are paying attention to the wrong wheels. Time and time again, both entities are catering to those who make the most noise, the extremely vocal minority, while the majority remains silent or are intentionally shut out of the conversation.

  • Coming of age in the age of terror

    “I couldn’t stop thinking about the layout of my sister’s elementary school, worrying that her classroom was too close to the school’s entrance. I eyed closets and windows in my own classrooms, imagining where I would hide were a shooting to happen.”
    — Elizabeth Love,
    West High School SLC, UT - DOB: April 2000

  • The Echo of little ski boots at night

    If you drop by the newly renovated lodge at Echo Mountain on Wednesday evenings, you might see a spirited passel of kids cruising down the mountain with shiny helmets reflecting the bright spotlights lining the slope.  Inside a sparkling, newly renovated lodge, their parents enjoy the inviting fireplace, “really, really good burgers,” and perhaps a frosty beer.

  • Pressure gets the best of the Diggers at state

    LOVELAND — For the past several years, Yuma has dominated the girls 2A state tournament. On Saturday when the Clear Creek girls faced off with it, experience won over inexperience as the Golddiggers fell 45-23.

    For the first time in school history for any basketball program, the Clear Creek girls made it to the Great 8 portion of the state tournament up at the Budweiser Events Center. Going in as the No. 7 seed, they weren’t supposed to make much noise.

    But they did.

  • Girls basketball makes CCHS history

    Since Marc Gorenstein became the Clear Creek High School girls basketball head coach five years ago, the team has been in a constant upswing.

    This season, the camaraderie and incredibly talented players got the Golddiggers to their first state title game appearance in school history.

    Prior to last weekend, no Digger basketball team had ever made it past the Sweet 16 — boys or girls. Going into the Great 8 as the underrated No. 7 seed, they had nothing to prove. Instead, they played loose and focused on their game.