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Today's News

  • Multiple uses envisioned for entertainment venue

    A new Clear Creek County entertainment venue could include more than an event center, according to three Denver companies competing to work on the project.

    After hearing creative ideas from consultant representatives at a recent meeting, county leaders sent them back to the drawing board to modify their proposals, County Manager Keith Montag told the county commissioners at a meeting on Feb. 10.

  • Retracing the Clear Creek-Gilpin line

    According to Colorado Statute 30-5-112, the description for the county line between Clear Creek and Gilpin is simply: “Commencing at the junction of North and South Clear Creeks, and running thence up the dividing ridge between said streams, to the summit of the Snowy Range …” (more commonly known as the ridge extending between forks of North and South Clear Creek, and the summit of James Peak).

  • Give a little

    Clear Creek High School’s National Honor Society hopes to get a record number of students and residents to roll up a sleeve during its community blood drive on Feb. 25.

    Last fall the event, organized by students but run by Bonfils Blood Center, drew 24 donors, one short of the goal. Organizers this year aim to double that number.

  • No matter how you spell it, it’s still a bluebird

    I don’t know how to write this article about bluebirds, blue birds, Blue birds or Blue Birds found in this area. All four spellings plus a hyphenated form are found in various bird books. I, myself, prefer the single word of bluebird.

    Friends returning last week from Santa Fe told me they had seen bluebirds eating juniper just south of the state line in New Mexico. My friends thought the birds were on their way back for the summer. They well may have been.

  • A learning experience

    Scoring a point for underdogs everywhere, the Clear Creek High School robotics club proved its mettle during two recent robotics competitions.

    Though the team did not qualify for the state competition, the members of the first-year 4-H robotics club said they did far better than expected in two smaller contests, going up against bigger and more established teams.

  • CDOT may find different contractor for Exit 241 bridge

    State officials may look for a different company to rebuild the Interstate 70 Exit 241 bridge in Idaho Springs, a spokeswoman said Friday.

    The announcement comes as Clear Creek County officials continue to complain loudly about delays in the replacement of the Highway 103 bridge over I-70.

  • Rafting business seeing rapid growth in Clear Creek

    A record 72,224 rafting tourists plied the waters of Clear Creek in the 2014 season, more than double the 35,422 rafters recorded just two years earlier, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

    "Fantastic water" coming from the 2013-14 winter snowpack and the continuing economic rebound across the state were the two biggest contributing factors to the increase, said John Cantamessa, owner of Colorado Adventure Center, which operates in Idaho Springs as well as other locations in the state.

  • Clear Creek’s defense stifles Arrupe Jesuit

    It was two baskets — one early and one late in the second quarter for Arrupe Jesuit. That was a lot, all things considered, because the Clear Creek’s girls basketball team played tenacious defense throughout in stifling the Lady Generals on Feb. 13 at Clear Creek High School.

    Anna Schwecke scored a game-high 20 points to carry Clear Creek (15-3 overall, 10-1 3A/2A Frontier League) to a 48-7 victory that was every bit as lopsided as the final score would indicate.

  • Diggers almost prevail in spite of foul troubles

    Noah Sarria, one of Clear Creek’s leading scorers, could barely stand after he landed hard, bruising his tailbone on a charge call with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half of the Golddiggers’ home game with Arrupe Jesuit on Feb. 13 at Clear Creek High School.

  • Kocol punches ticket to state

    EDGEWATER — Though Clear Creek senior Nate Kocol had been pinned in 1 minute, 28 seconds of his semifinal-round bout against Valley’s Brendan Gonzales, he was confident that things were going the way they were expected to. After all, he wasn’t projected to beat the top seed at 160 pounds in the 3A Region 3 tournament Feb. 14 at Jefferson High School.

    “I believe this is exactly where I thought I was going to end up,” Kocol said.