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Today's News

  • A learning experience

    Scoring a point for underdogs everywhere, the Clear Creek High School robotics club proved its mettle during two recent robotics competitions.

    Though the team did not qualify for the state competition, the members of the first-year 4-H robotics club said they did far better than expected in two smaller contests, going up against bigger and more established teams.

  • CDOT may find different contractor for Exit 241 bridge

    State officials may look for a different company to rebuild the Interstate 70 Exit 241 bridge in Idaho Springs, a spokeswoman said Friday.

    The announcement comes as Clear Creek County officials continue to complain loudly about delays in the replacement of the Highway 103 bridge over I-70.

  • Rafting business seeing rapid growth in Clear Creek

    A record 72,224 rafting tourists plied the waters of Clear Creek in the 2014 season, more than double the 35,422 rafters recorded just two years earlier, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

    "Fantastic water" coming from the 2013-14 winter snowpack and the continuing economic rebound across the state were the two biggest contributing factors to the increase, said John Cantamessa, owner of Colorado Adventure Center, which operates in Idaho Springs as well as other locations in the state.

  • Clear Creek’s defense stifles Arrupe Jesuit

    It was two baskets — one early and one late in the second quarter for Arrupe Jesuit. That was a lot, all things considered, because the Clear Creek’s girls basketball team played tenacious defense throughout in stifling the Lady Generals on Feb. 13 at Clear Creek High School.

    Anna Schwecke scored a game-high 20 points to carry Clear Creek (15-3 overall, 10-1 3A/2A Frontier League) to a 48-7 victory that was every bit as lopsided as the final score would indicate.

  • Diggers almost prevail in spite of foul troubles

    Noah Sarria, one of Clear Creek’s leading scorers, could barely stand after he landed hard, bruising his tailbone on a charge call with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half of the Golddiggers’ home game with Arrupe Jesuit on Feb. 13 at Clear Creek High School.

  • Kocol punches ticket to state

    EDGEWATER — Though Clear Creek senior Nate Kocol had been pinned in 1 minute, 28 seconds of his semifinal-round bout against Valley’s Brendan Gonzales, he was confident that things were going the way they were expected to. After all, he wasn’t projected to beat the top seed at 160 pounds in the 3A Region 3 tournament Feb. 14 at Jefferson High School.

    “I believe this is exactly where I thought I was going to end up,” Kocol said.

  • New pot-growing operations remain on hold

    New pot-growing operations are still on hold in Clear Creek County — at least until March — after the county commissioners voted to continue their discussion of a rezoning moratorium on Feb. 24.

    The county's three elected commissioners did not discuss the vote taken Feb. 10, contrary to most other items on their agenda.

  • G-town to interview candidates for police chief

    Georgetown is preparing to interview candidates to replace long-time Police Chief George Weidler, who left to take a position as captain of patrol and investigations for the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

    "I've always had a close working relationship with the sheriff office. ... When (Sheriff Rick Albers) asked me to work for him, it was kind of a no-brainer honestly," Weidler said, adding he's enjoyed his time working for Georgetown.

  • There’s more to see outdoors in winter than you think

    It often seems like there is not much to see in the outdoors in winter, but if you look around, you will be surprised at how much activity there is. Tracks in the snow will inform you about the animals that have been visiting your area, and weeds that last summer were stalks standing above the snow will inform you about what grew in your yard last summer.

  • HOA lands $212,000 in grants for wildfire mitigation

    Residents seeking to do wildfire mitigation around their Clear Creek County homes might be able to get some tips from the Echo Hills Homeowners Association near Mount Evans.

    The HOA recently received $212,000 in grants from state and federal agencies to cut down trees and do other wildfire mitigation projects on 35 acres, said Kathleen Krebs, county emergency management coordinator. Contractors will cut down “hazard fuels” on 14 private properties and along 19 acres of county roadway, using the grant money as payment, Krebs said.