Today's News

  • Clear Creek government offices closed

    All Clear Creek County offices and the courthouse were closed at noon Friday due to weather concerns as a storm moved in, according to a news release.

    The offices are scheduled to reopen at their normal times Monday.

  • Evergreen stakes claim to soccer title

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    COMMERCE CITY — Members of Evergreen’s 2015 boys soccer team have no direct recollection of the last time the program won a state championship for an obvious reason: They weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes in 1989.

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit foothills at different times

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Henderson Mine closure is personal, too

    The impending Henderson Mine closure is not surprising in the sense that it’s part of every extraction industry’s boom-bust cycle. Minerals and other deposits — oil, gold or molybdenum — are finite. Every oil well goes dry; every mine plays out.

    On the one hand, the closing will provide opportunity for redevelopment that will reap incredible benefits to the Clear Creek community. Entrepreneurial and visionary types are licking their chops.

  • Fledgling pot industry learning as it goes

    Editor’s note: Clear Creek County is home to a budding recreational marijuana industry — an industry that has blossomed statewide since recreational sales became legal on Jan. 1, 2014. Since then, the state has received more than $76 million in fees and taxes from this burgeoning business. This is the last installment of a series that traced the marijuana process from seedling to sale.


    A line formed in front of the Kine Mine marijuana dispensary in Idaho Springs during the cold, early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2014.

  • In this job, you get the shaft

    With a cloud of dust billowing behind her, Deb Zack drove her black Jeep along the narrow dirt roads high above Idaho Springs. She navigated the sketchy dirt lanes on the north side of Virginia Canyon with familiarity.

    Zack is a project manager and reclamation specialist with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety’s inactive mine program.

    And she’s been quite busy.

    It’s estimated that Clear Creek County has some 3,000 inactive mines, with 22,000 abandoned mines in the state.

  • Ideas to help public keep tabs on boards

    More than likely if you are reading this column, you are an American citizen. And as such, given ours is a participatory democracy, it requires your active engagement. Being fed up, angry, uninformed or disinterested gives no American a pass when it comes to being an engaged and educated citizen.

  • Veteran EHS teacher receives Hero Award

    Tears were shed when Evergreen High veteran social studies teacher Scott Haebe was told he was one of three Jeffco teachers receiving the Hero Award this year.

    Science teacher Ali Meyers made the presentation at a recent faculty meeting. Meyers knows Haebe both as a colleague and as one of her teachers/mentors when she was an EHS student.

    She fought back tears as she talked about the impact Haebe has had on her life and on the lives of students and colleagues.

  • Grad students’ study urges Springs to build parking garage

    Graduate students from the University of Colorado at Denver have recommended that Idaho Springs build a parking garage on the southwest side of the historic district at a cost of $6 million to $14 million.

    Project coordinator Michael Tupa presented the city council with the information during a work session Nov. 2. Tupa said the ideal location for two parking garages connected by a crossover would be on the southwest side of the historic district adjacent to the 24-hour parking lot.

  • Springs’ new administrator settling in

    Idaho Springs’ new city administrator, Andrew Marsh, is quickly settling in to his new position — but he’s been on the road to the for years.

    The former fire chief in Englewood and Federal Heights began working for the city Oct. 26. His annual salary is $80,000.

    “I’m very happy to be here, and my first couple of weeks have been great,” Marsh said.