Today's News

  • Officials trying to bolster county’s broadband

    Clear Creek officials are looking for ways to improve Internet service for residents and make the county a more attractive place for new businesses.

    The county recently conducted a survey that found 80 percent of residents have only one option for broadband, and 40 percent experienced outages and were dissatisfied with their service.

    Commissioners also were concerned about the high cost of Internet service; 30 percent of survey respondents said they pay more than $50 per month.

  • Busted budget for rec-center renovation sparks vitriol

    Emotions ran high as rec district board members sought reasons for and solutions to the recent discovery that bids for the Idaho Springs rec center’s renovation are nearly $2 million over budget.

    The discovery requires modifying the final design to bring the cost back to the $7 million approved by voters when they OK’d a tax increase last November. 

  • Housing, jobs playing role in declining population

     Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series examining the causes and results of the declining population of Clear Creek County.

    Given Clear Creek’s declining population, China Tipton is exactly the kind of person the county and the school district hope to draw into the community.

    Tipton recently moved with her family to Empire and enrolled her son in Carlson Elementary’s preschool program. She also volunteers for a host of organizations around the area.

  • The county’s shrinking population

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series examining the cause and result of the declining population of Clear Creek County.

    In a state where population has risen steadily for more than a century, Clear Creek County has lost 5 percent of its residents over the past decade. 

    The declining population is a relatively recent development in Clear Creek, which showed slow and steady growth for more than 100 years. In fact, between 1960 and 2000, the county experienced a 234 percent increase in population.

  • Sports briefs

    Visiting Academy sweeps doubleheader at Clear Creek

    The Academy broke loose for 13 runs in the fourth inning to rally from a two-run deficit en route to a 16-5 victory over host Clear Creek in Game 1 of a doubleheader on April 19.
    The loss snapped Clear Creek’s four-game winning streak.
    The Academy won Game 2 as well 15-1 thanks to a five-run second inning followed up by a six-run third.
    In the opener, the Golddiggers got hits from Richard Allen, John Lovett, Noah Mazurek and Dalton Dziedzic.

  • Lack of numbers putting a damper on Diggers’ progress

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant
    Maybe the April 13 snowfall that postponed the next day’s home lacrosse game with Green Mountain wasn’t a bad break but a welcomed respite for Clear Creek.
    The Golddiggers played on April 18 and fell 19-2 to 4A’s fourth-ranked Alexander Dawson, their fourth straight loss. It was their only game in a 10-day stretch before playing Summit’s JV team on April 21.

  • Diggers eke out back-and-forth game

    Rachelle Talbot said that Clear Creek’s 4-3 victory over Bennett meant a lot to the team, particularly the Lady Golddiggers’ nine seniors. That’s because CCHS, which made the postseason for the first time just two years ago, has put itself in position to get back to the playoffs in 2014.

  • Unequal prosperity equals injustice

    If we’re to move forward to develop an economy that allows for the potential of every American to be successful, it’s imperative to move away from the either-or dichotomy of looking at capitalism: Either one has blind faith and is a fervent believer in it, or one is considered a socialist. That notion is nonsense on several levels, but suffice to say those who profess that are being simplistic.

  • Hummingbirds appear at feeders earlier than usual

    Spring is really here. The hummingbirds are back. The first call came in on Saturday, April 12, when a hummer showed up in Golden. The second and third were reported on Sunday, April 13, in Genesee and Kittredge.

    I was amazed of these first reports. Not only are the birds usually looking for the feeder in the same place they fed last summer, but usually these first reports are along the front edge of the foothills. Having them penetrate this far into the foothills canyon is unexpected.

  • Silver Plume melodrama strikes gold

    The annual Silver Plume melodrama is as much fun as it is a fund-raiser to help restore the town’s historic buildings.

    This year’s 37th annual melodrama is no exception, and as in the 36 years before it, this show is written and directed by local George Downing.

    The volunteer actors, some of whom have been part of the melodramas for decades, enjoy participating in the production, in addition to supporting a worthwhile cause. Proceeds go to the nonprofit People for Silver Plume.