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Today's News

  • Diggers limping into first bye week

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    THORNTON — The natural reaction after getting drilled is to bounce right back into action and take out the frustration on the next opponent. In the case of Clear Creek’s football team, the heart is willing, the body not so much.

    The Golddiggers’ physical wounds matched the emotional scars following a 42-6  pounding at Cornerstone Christian in the 1A Metro League opener on Sept. 6, leaving them relishing a bye this week.

  • Lady Diggers ‘Twin Towers’ take charge

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Oscar Wilde would be proud of Karin Thomsen. So far, the Clear Creek volleyball coach has resisted the temptation to pair her “Twin Towers” together on the court — though she’s intrigued by the prospect.

    Until then, Anna Schwecke and Becca Abrahamson will take turns terrorizing opponents.

  • Latest plan streamlines off ramp at Springs

    The road into the east side of Idaho Springs at Exit 241 off Interstate 70 is planned for a re-route that should be more direct than a previous plan.
    The off ramp from I-70 into is slated to be reconfigured in connection with a new bridge planned to be built over the highway at Exit 241 as part of a $72 million eastbound peak-period shoulder lane project.

  • Slow and steady wins the school snail races

    With grinning youngsters peering down at them, three snails were off, moving down an elaborate cardboard racetrack at — pardon the pun — a snail’s pace.

  • Parents should embrace educator role

    In my book, Neil Zeron was one of the greats. As a rookie teacher struggling to hold my head above water in a sea of 13-year-olds whose last desire was to sit in an eighth-grade American history class, Neil was a font of wisdom. He became my mentor, a trusted guide into and through the byzantine labyrinth of teaching.
    During one conversation at happy hour, which became our debriefing sessions, I reflectively mused what it would be like to see how “my kids” turned out later in their lives.

  • Society’s 50th anniversary is pure gold

    The Historical Society of Idaho Springs is celebrating a half-century of preserving the past.
    The nonprofit recognized the milestone with an event Sept. 6 at the Underhill Museum in Idaho Springs. Another, final celebration is also planned during its annual gala Nov. 8 at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk.
    “We’re tickled to death to be celebrating our 50th year as an organization and the 20th year of our heritage museum,” said historical society board president Omer Humble.

  • Goldfinches check out feeders as fall weather arrives

    Friday, Sept. 5, had been a wet, cloudy day that finally turned into rain about 5:30 p.m. It feels much too cold for September, but so be it. Our summer is over because by the time you read this, it will be Wednesday, Sept. 10. I just hope we will still have some nice fall weather in September and October.
    Many people have asked what they can bring me, to which I have had to respond that there’s nothing that I really need. I am grateful for their kindness and desire to be good friends by their offers to bring me some tokens of their friendship.

  • Arrest on I-70 closes westbound lanes

    Clear Creek County sheriff’s officers arrested an apparently suicidal Arvada man on the east side of Floyd Hill on Interstate 70 early Monday morning after he allegedly pointed a hand-held Taser at them.

    Westbound I-70 was closed near mile marker 271 near the Floyd Hill exit between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. during the incident, according to Maj. Rick Albers, a Clear Creek County sheriff’s spokesman.

  • Swenson, Werlin lead CCHS in opener

    FORT COLLINS — Brandon Swenson placed 63rd overall in a field of 197 at the SaberCat Invitational on Aug. 30 at Fossil Ridge High School. Swenson finished in a time of 18 minutes, 13.6 seconds.

    He helped Clear Creek take 25th out of 28 schools in the boys race. The Golddiggers finished with 663 points. Chaparral won the predominant 5A/4A race with 113 points. The next top CCHS boys finisher was Liam McDonough, who came in 130th in 19:51.4.

  • Diggers reverse fortune at home

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Clear Creek’s offense saw the light long before Xcel came to the rescue and provided power to the four light standards on the south side of Golddigger Stadium late in the fourth quarter of its home opener.