Today's News

  • Man gets 3 years in fire that gutted artist’s home

    The roommate of a local artist has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in an arson fire in November that destroyed a house on Puma Ranch Road west of Idaho Springs.

    Robert Raymond Leibold III, 36, also was ordered to serve three years of mandatory parole after he pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to second-degree arson, a class 4 felony.

    The district attorney’s office said Leibold admitted to setting the fire on Nov. 12. Liebold was arrested moments after the fire was set.

    Local artist Dave Shelton lost everything in the blaze.

  • A look back at 2016

    From the unexpected death of a county commissioner to the long-sought deal to bring a clinic to the county, there was no shortage of news in Clear Creek in 2016. Following is a recap of some of those stories.

    Tom Hayden dies at age 60

    Clear Creek County Commissioner Tom Hayden, 60, died of natural causes Feb. 29 at his home near Upper Bear Creek Road.

    Hayden was completing his first four-year term as a commissioner and was planning to run for re-election as an unaffiliated candidate.

  • County increases Planning Department service fees

    The Clear Creek County Planning Department increased its service fees on Jan. 1.

    Planning Director Fred Rollenhagen said the fees were not boosted by a flat percentage but rather based on the amount of time and resources required for each service and on how much other counties charge for the same services.

    Rollenhagen asked the county commissioners to increase his department's fees to become less reliant on the county's general fund in light of declining revenues as a result of the Henderson Mine winds down operations.

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  • Will Trump be impeached during presidency?

    Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.

    — Donald Trump, July 2016

    So spoke the Republican nominee and now president-elect. It didn’t take a genius to realize that if the Russians could hack the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails, it might do the same to the Republican National Committee. Or Trump.

  • Diggers get back on track, top Grizz

    DENVER — It should come as no surprise that most teams who play against Clear Creek will key in on stopping junior Noah Sarria and rightfully so. 

    After all, he was averaging 33.1 points per game. So host Bruce Randolph probably didn’t mind that the high-scoring shooting guard didn’t start the Jan. 14 game for disciplinary reasons. That, however, may have been more problematic than actually having Sarria on the court.

  • Lady Diggers get off to a fast start

    DENVER — Rachel Lucas couldn’t recall it ever happening prior, and it’s probably a good bet that it never has. Starting out a game with a 34-0 lead?

    “I don’t think so, but it definitely shows how far we’ve come from even last year,” Lucas said. “We’re starting off strong. We’re not starting stagnant. We’re just getting things down early.”

  • Shrikes common in foothills, though not easy to identify

    (Reprinted from Jan. 23, 2008)

    For some time now, the birds at our feeders have been nervous, flying into the prickly thickness of a nearby blue spruce or darting into the lilac bushes every time anything moves in the yard or even inside the window. Such behavior, especially in cold, snowy weather, can mean only one thing. There is a predator of some kind working in the area. But what kind? That is the question.

  • I-70 now open after rollover east of Idaho Springs

    Eastbound Interstate 70 is open again after a tractor-trailer rolled about 2:30 p.m. and closed lanes of the highway near the Hidden Valley exit east of Idaho Springs.

    The semi's driver was uninjured, and a tow truck was called to remove the vehicle.

  • Underwater hockey is true passion for Debrunners

    Seventeen-year-old Ianna Debrunner and her 14-year-old sister, Elsa, swim for the Conifer Lobos’ girls swim team. But it’s no secret that competitive swimming isn’t their first love — it’s actually underwater hockey. 

    When Ianna and Elsa, both petite and unassuming with their blond curls and big blue eyes, tell people that underwater hockey in their favorite sport they get laughs or people insisting it’s a joke.