Today's News

  • G-town's Bennhoff recalled as 'exceptional' public servant

    With vision and passion for his community as strong as the mountains he loved, former Georgetown mayor Tom Bennhoff impressed upon his family and friends the importance of service and volunteering.

  • Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0

     I’m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that’s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early ’70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.

  • Wealth disparity keeps widening

    On April 20, 2014, members of the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter, coinciding with the date for Western-rite Christians. On April 20, 1914, 100 years to the day, the Greek Orthodox Church again celebrated its Easter, but for 18 Greek Orthodox women and children of miners in Ludlow, Colo., that Easter Sunday was a day not of resurrection but of death, huddled together dying of smoke inhalation from fires set by goon squads sent by coal magnates and the Colorado militia, which operated at their behest. 

  • New businesses bring positive change to Empire

     One of our good neighbors, Mountain Mini Storage in Dumont, is celebrating 30 years of quality service to the community. This business fulfills a need in our community, providing a place to store all those items we want to keep but don’t have room for.

    Sandy and Lou Olnhausen founded Mountain Mini Storage in 1984. The Olnhausens were residents of Clear Creek County since 1964. During this time they owned and operated Clear Creek Oil Company, a gasoline distributing company that served 10 to 15 service stations in Denver, Clear Creek and Summit counties.

  • Days-long search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Hanssen, Fahnline place in top-10 at Weld Central meet

    KEENESBURG — Clear Creek’s Bailey Hanssen placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 5 1/4 inches and Maddie Fahnline was eighth in the 200 meters in a time of 29.62 seconds at the sixth-annual Rebel Round-Up at Weld Central High School on April 11.
    Grace Diekman had a pair of top-15 finishes for the Lady Golddiggers. She took ninth in the 1,600 in 6:24.28 and 15th in the 800 in 2:52.76. Hayden Hutcherson was 13th in the 400 in 1:09.76.

  • Game ppd. for lack of 2nd referee

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courant
    SHERIDAN — Clear  Creek girls soccer coach Ben Potter sees his team on the verge of greatness. But just one thing was missing from their scheduled road game with Sheridan on April 12 — another referee.
    The Golddiggers and the Rams were warming up for the contest on April 12 when the decision came down that a second official would not be arriving in order for the game to take place. It was rescheduled for April 28.

  • Diggers struggle in loss at Golden

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant
    GOLDEN — It’s tough enough trying to establish a program in its second year of varsity boys lacrosse when all but one other school is a classification higher in enrollment. The problem is compounded when you’re playing short-handed, as was the case for Clear Creek in its April 11 game at Golden.

  • Reserve pitchers pick up Diggers

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant
    SHERIDAN — Wrapping up a stretch of five games in as many days and with the heart of the 3A Frontier League schedule looming, Clear Creek coach Shane Ball turned to seldom-used members of his pitching staff for the April 12 doubleheader against winless KIPP Denver Collegiate.
    And, for the most part, they responded well.

  • ‘Upcycling’ is on the rise

    In what is undoubtedly a match made in heaven, Tommyknocker Brewery and Morning Gold Bakery have joined forces to create a beer doughnut.

    That’s right: a beer doughnut.

    The Idaho Springs businesses are using the spent grains from the brewing of Tommyknocker beer — and some of the beer itself — to create a hearty, sweet and substantial doughnut.

    For lack of a catchier moniker, it’s called the Tommyknocker beer doughnut.