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Today's News

  • Green Lake Lodge for sale at online auction

    The iconic Green Lake Lodge and 125 acres between Georgetown and Guanella Pass are being sold through an online auction that ends Oct. 8.

    Buyers can bid on the lodge overlooking Green Lake, outbuildings and “recreational rights” to the lake, which is owned by Clear Creek County.

  • Education: We had it right, then …

    Mark Twain didn’t like school boards. Their banning of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which, according to Ernest Hemingway and countless others, is the quintessential and greatest American novel, was one reason.

    His disdain, though, wasn’t due simply to being miffed. Twain and other creative minds, from Thomas Edison to Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill to Dolly Parton, disdained their educational experiences, seeing public schooling as stultifying, repressive.

  • Some poisons to watch out for

    The first bit of fall color to appear in the Bear Creek Valley is the lovely orange-red of poison ivy, Toxicodendron rydbergii. Its unique color often appears to be in small clumps along the canyon walls, announcing the end of summer and the beginning of fall. One can hardly call the color red, for it is almost orange, an unusual color in the changing fall panorama.

  • Hot-rodders climb into G-town’s past

    A little rain didn’t dampen the spirit of a driver inside an earth-shaking ‘32 Ford Roadster — or, for that matter, the spirits of any of the classic-car connoisseurs at Friday’s third annual Hot Rod Hill Climb in Georgetown.

    The two-day event drew about 100 hot-rod enthusiasts from across the country. The re-enactment pays tribute to the original Hot Rod Hill Climb races of 1953 and 1954 on Guanella Pass.

  • County, district may join to market former middle school

    County officials and school board members may “go back to school” together to market the 88,000-square-foot former middle school in Idaho Springs.

    All three Clear Creek County commissioners and four school board members met last Thursday to discuss how to work together to market and sell the 7-acre property at 320 Highway 103. It’s valued at $2.4 million, according to county assessor’s records.

  • Opening practice brings optimism to Diggers

    There may have been a little extra skip in Brian Inman’s step Aug. 17, but the Clear Creek football coach had his reasons for that. No, the Golddiggers haven’t won as much as he probably would have liked in his five previous seasons at the helm — they’re just 14-30. But that’s in the past. It’s 2015 now, and when you get the kind of effort and turnout that CCHS had leading up to the official opening day of practice, it’s bound to put a smile on one’s face.

  • Zabel leading the Golddiggers' pack

    Sydney Zabel has quite the bond with Clear Creek cross country coach Jeff Miller. To know Zabel, one wouldn’t think the sanguine sophomore would need all that much motivation. She believes in herself. But when she told Miller that she would eventually run a sub-21-minute cross country race, he expressed some doubt.
    So a friendly wager was made.

  • Highway 103 bridge to close for three nights

    Workers plan to close the off-ramp at the Colorado Highway 103 bridge into Idaho Springs Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night to do drainage work.

    The ramp at Exit 240 is planned to close at 7 p.m. each evening and re-open at 6 p.m. the following morning. During the closures, drivers can get to Idaho Springs from Interstate 70 on Exits 239 and 241.

  • Front-end loader rolls, killing Arvada man

    A front-end loader rolled down an embankment and killed an Arvada man as he was widening a dirt road to the Franklin Mine above Idaho Springs.

    David A. Pineau, 72, was crushed in the accident on Aug. 11, according to Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling. The information was not immediately released pending notification of Pineau's family.

  • Girl escapes attempted kidnapping near Idledale

    A 16-year-old girl reported an attempted kidnapping Thursday afternoon near Idledale, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office release.

    The girl was jogging through Little Park when a man tried to talk with her, then grabbed her arm and started to drag her, according to the release. She broke away and ran, and the man chased her a short way. The girl flagged down a deputy nearby and reported the incident. The release described her as “unharmed but extremely frightened.”