Today's News

  • Construction of eastbound toll lane may miss completion deadline, CDOT says

    Construction of the eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 might not be done by Oct. 31 — the date specified in the contract, according to Amy Ford, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

    Wet weather this spring might have caused construction delays, Ford said. CDOT officials may re-assess potential late penalties for Mountain Corridor Constructors, the contractor for the estimated $78 million eastbound express toll lane, Ford said.

  • Westmuttster fund-raiser canceled until next year

    The Westmuttster Dog Day Afternoon fund-raiser for Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek/Gilpin Animal Shelter, has been canceled due to multiple construction projects around Idaho Springs.

    Donna Gee, event coordinator for Friends of Charlie’s Place, said officials with the fund-raiser expect next year’s event to be bigger and feature more activities, with a focus on making it more like a festival.

  • Column: From Alberta to New Mexico, Lynch goes on quite a ride

    Chances are you didn’t spend a portion of your summer like Charles Lynch did. I certainly didn’t.

    The 2013 Evergreen High School graduate and now a recreation major at Western Washington University only went on a 2,768-mile bike ride from Banff, Alberta, to the New Mexico-Mexico border, passing through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado in the process. That’s all.

  • Revitalized Morton conquers Mt. Evans

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Life on the fast track isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Lachlan Morton, who from 2012-14 was a rising star on the prestigious Garmin-Sharp cycling development team based in Boulder.

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Press box adds new element to games at EHS

    Sitting just off the track at Evergreen High School, the blue and gold-colored press box is a welcomed sight. It’s been a long time coming, but it was a necessity if the school wants to host more varsity football game up in the foothills.

    “It’s very nice. I really like the way it looks,” Evergreen varsity football coach Rob Molholm said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re excited to have it.”

  • Kickball allows players to relive childhood

    Kickball quickly is becoming the go-to team sport in the adult recreation league circle, allowing people to relive their childhood for a few hours every week. For some, kickball is about hearing the hollow “plink” that comes from the ball as it’s launched by a swift foot. For others, like 45-year-old Amy Romine, it’s a much-needed distraction and way to connect with her family.

  • Four more hummingbirds occasionally visit the area

    Last week I wrote about the two most common hummingbirds seen locally, the broad-tailed and the rufous.

    Broad-tailed hummingbirds usually arrive in April and nest here. Rufous hummingbirds, which have gone north along the Pacific coast in early spring, have nested as far north as southern Alaska and return south along the mountains where there are still wildflowers.

  • Commissioners huddle with sheriff in apparent violation of Open Meetings Law

    Clear Creek's county commissioners huddled with Sheriff Rick Albers in a 10-minute closed meeting on July 14 without voting to convene an executive session or giving a reason for the secret meeting, a violation of Colorado's Open Meetings Law.

    Soon after the commission meeting began, Commissioner Phil Buckland, who chairs the group, suddenly announced that the three commissioners would meet behind closed doors with the sheriff.  

  • Privacy issues are involved when police use body cameras

    By District Attorney Bruce Brown

    In the wake of police officer-involved shootings from Ferguson, Mo., to North Charleston, S.C., there is no hotter topic among law enforcement agencies and district attorneys than the routine employment of body cams for patrolling police officers. In next year’s Colorado legislature, which has an enormous appetite right now for regulating police, there are bound to be proposals including requiring body cams for every police department.