Today's News

  • County hires public works director

    Rod Hamilton has been named the new public works director for Clear Creek County, replacing Tim Allen, who resigned in December.

    Hamilton will start work April 27. He most recently worked in La Mesa, Calif., and has a background in road and bridge operations, transportation, engineering and public administration, among other things. County officials did not make his starting salary immediately available. The job salary was advertised as being in an annual range from $71,400 to $91,000, according to Cate Gremillion, the county's human relations director.

  • Republicans shouldn’t stymie Iran deal

    It’s been fascinating, horrifically so, to watch events in the Middle East unfold. Comprehending the complexities of quantum physics seems child’s play compared with grasping the region’s dynamics.

    Religious strife, the Islamic version of Europe’s 16th-century Protestants-versus- Catholics wars, ethnic and racial hatreds, and economic dislocations and disparities ranging from oil-rich sheiks to abject poverty combine to present the observer an overwhelming but interwoven scene.

  • G-town to begin seeing revenue from tax hike in October

    Georgetown’s town board will have several months to decide specifically how to spend revenue from a 1-cent sales-tax increase approved by voters April 6.

    While the increase takes effect July 1, the town won’t see the first check until October. Home-rule municipalities can collect their own sales taxes, but there is a two-month delay for territorial municipalities like Georgetown because the fees are collected through the state.

  • Pasque flowers, hummingbirds indicate spring has arrived

    Spring in here! No matter how much more snow may still fall, spring is here. My friend and neighbor, Karel Buckley, called me on Monday evening, April 6, too late to make last week’s column, to tell me she had seen her first pasque flower in bloom on Sunday, April 5, and had heard her first hummingbird on the next day, Monday, April 6. These are the two species that people ask about and look for to establish the arrival of spring.

  • Meeting set to discuss impacts of mine closure

    If the Henderson Mine closes in a decade as expected, Clear Creek County stands to lose more than $20 million a year in property-tax revenue.

    Officials have scheduled a public meeting April 29 to discuss the impacts of the mine’s expected closure. Mine officials, county commissioners and representatives of the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. will speak at 5 p.m. in the Clear Creek High School auditorium about the life of the mine, getting the local economy ready for the future, and what the county is doing to prepare for the closure.

  • Idaho Springs announces retirement of police chief

    Just five days after he was placed on paid leave, it was announced that Idaho Springs Police Chief Dave Wohlers will retire from the department.

  • Bell recalled as ‘committed’ to community

    With a passion for Idaho Springs and its history as rich as the gold that led to its founding, Marjorie “Chee Chee” Bell demonstrated the priceless value of volunteering and preservation.

    The longtime Idaho Springs resident died at age 83 of natural causes on March 29. A memorial service, which drew more than 200 people, was held in the gymnasium at the former high school in Idaho Springs on April 3.

  • Virtual meeting slated Monday on sport shooting

    Clear Creek County residents will have a chance to comment on sport shooting and where it should be practiced at a virtual meeting on Monday.

    The government-based Sport Shooting Partnership will hold the virtual meeting streamed live from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Boulder County website — http://www.bouldercounty.org/gov/meetings/pages/hearings.aspx.

  • 3A/2A all-conference boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling

    The following are the all-conference teams for the 3A/2A Frontier League in boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling for the 2014-15 season:


    Josh Brown, Pinnacle; Sam Allen, Pinnacle; Seth Rodriguez, Bennett; Karl Giessleman, Bennett; Brandon Gonzales, Sheridan; Daniel Martinez, Sheridan; Devan Caswell, The Academy; Maximo Medina, DSST; Mike Robinson, Bruce Randolph; Kenny Michel, Platte Canyon

  • CCHS track & field off and running

    Noah Sarria is going to be pretty good. That’s what Clear Creek track and field coach Brian Inman thinks and for good reason.

    The freshman just may qualify for the 2A state meet this season in the 100 meters considering he’s already running 11.6 in practice, which is 0.3 of a second faster than he was timed at as an eighth-grader. Those times are just as fast as what Tevin Lucas, the school’s last state qualifier in the 100, was posting in 2013.