Today's News

  • Commissioners delay decision on pot growing

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners again have delayed a decision about where legal marijuana growing may be allowed in the county in the future.

  • Clear Creek transfer station seeing more customers


    Clear Creek has seen an increase in trash and recycle drop-off business, now that the Evergreen transfer station is closed, according to Clear Creek transfer station manager Bob Tiedermann.

    In response, county officials plan to discuss a fee restructuring in the near future to capture more revenue, said Jo Ann Sorensen, county land use division director, who oversees the transfer station.

  • CCHS starts fast, rolls past Grizzlies

    DENVER — One of these days, the Clear Creek’s girls basketball team is going to get everybody in the scorebook. Until then, the Lady Golddiggers, like they’ve done so many times this season, will continue to jump out to an early lead, impose a full-court press to rattle the opposition and get as much playing time for everybody as they can.

    That was the case again Jan. 17 at Bruce Randolph where CCHS scored the game’s opening 18 points and never looked back in a 52-13 win that was as lopsided as the final score would indicate.

  • Déjà vu sets in for Clear Creek

    DENVER — It’s not exactly “Groundhog Day,” and the Clear Creek Golddiggers aren’t Bill Murray, but CCHS’ 57-32 boys basketball loss at Bruce Randolph on Jan. 17 had a familiar feel to it.

    A lack of multiple scorers — only four players produced points for Clear Creek, led by Tommy Wann’s 12 points — and an ineffective offense that never seemed able to penetrate Bruce Randolph’s defense spelled doom as the Golddiggers fell to 1-9 on the season, 1-3 in the 3A/2A Frontier League.

  • Book chronicles history of Loveland Ski Area

    A specialty publisher recently completed a book celebrating Loveland Ski Area’s 75-year history in Clear Creek.

    The Donning Co., in conjunction with Loveland, created the 160-page coffee-table book, “Loveland Ski Area: Colorado’s Best Known Secret,” which chronicles the early days of the iconic ski resort up to its 75th anniversary in 2013. The book sells for  $34.99.

    The book details the area’s background, from ski clubs and weddings to early snow-making efforts.

  • School board set to discuss hiring permanent superintendent

    The Clear Creek Board of Education will discuss at its Jan. 20 meeting how to proceed with hiring a permanent superintendent.

    Roslin Marshall, the middle school principal, has been the interim superintendent since May, when the school board accepted the resignation of superintendent Todd Lancaster.

    School board member Kathleen O’Leary said it made sense to wait until January to begin looking for a permanent replacement.

  • City, county honor law officers

    To show gratitude for the hard work of law enforcement officers, Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman signed a resolution last Friday making it Idaho Springs Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

    The resolution came on the heels of a similar measure passed by the county supporting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9.

    The idea for both resolutions came from Idaho Springs Elks Lodge exalted ruler Troy Erickson after the lodge wrote thank-you letters to each sheriff’s deputy and Idaho Springs police officer.

  • Developer hopes to build preschool at apartment complex

    A future preschool could draw residents to an 80- to 100-unit apartment complex planned for 5 acres in Idaho Springs, according to the developer.

    The apartment complex is planned to be built south of Interstate 70 and east of the town ballfields near the west side of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels where two houses now sit, said David Zucker, who plans to build it.

    It appears there’s a demand for early-childhood education, Zucker said, and the preschool would help fill it.

  • Northern shrikes are prolific small-animal hunters

    If you are riding around this area on a nice winter day and see a lone black-and-white bird perched on a fence or utility line, it is probably a shrike.

    The question is, “Which one?” because there are two species of shrikes that occur in different parts of our state at different times of the year. Shrikes are interesting birds that scientists have had trouble placing in the system of birds ever since they were first observed.

  • It’s not too late for a flu shot

    With the number of flu cases higher than in recent years, local health officials are urging members of the public to get this year’s flu shot, despite one strain not being covered by the inoculation.

    Clear Creek public health nurse Crystal Brandt said one strain has mutated, which is leading to higher sickness rates.