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Today's News

  • Ranger sees need for wildlife bridge over I-70

    It’s time to build an elevated wildlife crossing across Interstate 70 to lower the number of animal-vehicle collisions, said Penny Wu, U.S. Forest Service ranger.

  • White-breasted nuthatches begin nesting

    Almost everyone who has a bird feeder in a wooded area has a pair or two of white-breasted nuthatches coming to it. Although some books refer to them as being entirely insectivorous, I have watched them eat sunflower seeds at my feeders.

  • Habitat building home in Springs

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity began building its first home in Idaho Springs on Sunday.

    “We’re just very excited to get started on this,” Blue Spruce director Kathleen O’Leary said. “It is the first house west of the (Veterans Memorial Tunnels) for us, so we’re very excited.”

    The home is the first of many that likely will be built in the county over the next several years, O’Leary said. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that offers affordable homeownership to low-income families.

  • Vail Mountain ends CCHS’ season

    VAIL — Tess Johnson scored two goals to lead top-seeded Vail Mountain to a 4-0 victory over Clear Creek in the 2A state quarterfinals on May 8.

    Freshmen Katie Alonzo and Emma Hall added the other goals.

    The loss ended CCHS’ season with a 7-10 mark.

  • Flores’ PK propels Lady Diggers

    THORNTON — The advice made sense. Sophomore Jasmine Flores was told to aim for the corner of the net and not straight at Rocky Mountain Lutheran goalkeeper Noelle Boucher. What happened next made Clear Creek High School history.

    Flores, in the sixth round of penalty kicks, placed the ball into the lower right corner past a diving Boucher to send ninth-seeded Clear Creek to a 2-1 penalty kick victory over No. 8 Rocky Mountain Lutheran on May 5 at Five Star Stadium. The 2A opening round playoff victory was the first postseason win in school history.

  • A brotherly bond

    A day in the life of the Hawkins household can be a bit hectic when you consider there are five teenage boys — four now since the oldest has moved on to college.

    “It’s pretty crazy. It gets kind of loud,” 16-year-old Clear Creek High School junior Luke Hawkins said.

  • Flash-flood worries evaporate for now

    With the sun back out, officials are less worried that Lower Beaver Brook Dam could overflow above the Beaver Brook neighborhood.

    County crews did some emergency ditch work to let water out of the reservoir above the dam last week. The weekend's wet weather also led to some tense moments. Crews stacked sandbags on top of the dam, which remain.

    Water in the reservoir behind the dam goes to residents in the Lookout Mountain Water District to the east.

  • CDOT survey gauging tolerance for tolls

    A $30,000 survey wants to know what you — the Colorado driver — learned from an Interstate 70 mountain marketing campaign during ski season.

  • Group hopes to grow community garden

    Enthusiasts of the Scraps-to-Soil nonprofit have fund-raising plans to help grow the Idaho Springs community garden.

    They’re looking for money to build some raised beds and a storage building that would help make things easier for seniors, disabled people and veterans at the “triangle” at 2225 Miner St.

    Group leader George Marlin hopes community members will donate to the garden through a promotion with local restaurants. He does not have a formal plan or an estimate yet of the money needed to build the new parts of the garden.

  • Divergent uses envisioned for site of former mine

    At the top of the transmission-busting, four-wheel-drive road above Georgetown is the picturesque Santiago Mill complex.

    Despite the difficulty in reaching the site, a potential conflict appears to be shaping up between Salt Lake City-based Gold Mine Expeditions and volunteer “site stewards” who plan to work with the U.S. Forest Service to protect the remote area.