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Today's News

  • Lady Diggers stand tall, slam Pawnee

    AULT — Mentally, games like the one Clear Creek had against Pawnee in the opening round of the 2014 Canine Classic on Dec. 5 can be hard. But like senior center Anna Schwecke said, more than anything they are fun. The Lady Golddiggers had their fair share of fun for sure.

  • CCHS poms compete with a confident attitude

    DENVER — A la seconds – it sounds like something one might partake in during Thanksgiving, but actually it’s the technical term for the leg-extended turns that the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers poms squad executed beautifully, although not perfectly, during their bid for a third consecutive state title on Dec. 6 at the Denver Coliseum.

    The Lady Diggers’ a la seconds and kick line were both on-point, but, ultimately, it wasn’t enough and Vail Christian, relegating them to third place, dethroned them.

  • November election was good and bad

    It’s been a month since the 2014 elections, and the post-mortems have been written ad infinitum. I promise to be brief with regard to it.

  • Starlings light up feeders during dreary December

    Early December is a dreary time of year. Winter has taken a fairly good grip on the land. Our landscape becomes mostly black and white. It is cold, and few exciting or unusual birds are to be seen.

    Only the hardiest winter birds come to the feeders. The fall migrant birds have all passed through. The year-round residents that exist here in the mountains are relatively few. The hairy and downy woodpeckers still appear, dressed in black and white except for a small red patch on the nape of the male, so they blend right into the winter landscape

  • Teamwork, Will Robinson!

    The Clear Creek High School robotics club isn’t likely to build a robot armed with lasers or even capable of subjugating humanity — but a mechanical claw and catapult are definitely on the drawing board.

  • County, Empire end practice of accepting free lift tickets

    Clear Creek County and the town of Empire have stopped accepting free lift tickets from Loveland Ski Area after a recent advisory from the state’s Independent Ethics Commission said that accepting them was unethical.

  • A boardroom in his basement

    Casey Day is determined to raise ski making to an art — at every step of the process.

    From concept and design to engineering, prototype development and graphics, the Silver Plume resident does it all. The 34-year-old got into the ski-making business 11 years ago and this year started selling his own brand, Powder Factory, out of his house, where he meticulously handcrafts each ski.

  • Indian Hot Springs has new owner

    The Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs has been sold to the former owner of Hot Sulphur Springs near Granby.

    While the sale price has not been recorded yet, the property is valued at $1.53 million by the county assessor’s office. That assessment is based on market value for the land in 2012, and would not include the value of the business or the water rights, according to Diane Settle, county assessor. County assessments are about two years in arrears of the current time period.

  • Springs again looking for community development specialist

    Idaho Springs officials will search for a new community developer after Tim Katers left after just three months on the job.

    Katers is working as a disaster recovery specialist on projects related to the September 2013 floods in northern Colorado, according to his LinkedIn page. He was not immediately available for comment. He works for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Community Development Block Grant program.

  • Clear Creek rates high in personal income

    Clear Creek County has the third highest average personal income in the state at $59,970, according to statistics released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    But federal statistics can be misleading, according to County Commissioner Tom Hayden. Per-capita income can look “very skewed” in a county of just 9,000 residents, he said.