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Today's News

  • Commissioner wants fishing access on CDOT wetlands parcel

    To allow fishing access or not to allow fishing access — that is the question for a key stretch of Clear Creek that's expected to be open to the public in the future.

    State transportation officials are planning an $800,000 wetlands project along a stretch of stream east of Georgetown near Shadows Ranch. Shadows Ranch is a 55-acre parcel that county officials are in negotiations to buy for future recreational uses.

  • Crews do emergency work to keep dam from overflowing

    Emergency management officials are watching closely to make sure the Lower Beaver Brook dam above the Beaver Brook neighborhood does not overflow.

    After county crews did some emergency ditch work to let water out of the reservoir above the dam earlier in the week, it appears stable, said Kate Bober, a resident who lives beneath the dam. But officials are worried about the weekend forecast of heavy rain and possible snow, Bober said.

  • Rec district considering RV park

    Could a government-run, 70-site RV park be in the cards for the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District in Idaho Springs?

    Dane Matthew, district director, thinks so. The district is conducting a $7,000 study to assess the feasibility of an RV park/campground in the county, Matthew said.

  • Make election about ideas, not attacks

    Game on. It looks as if it’s Hillary and Bernie versus the pack for now.

    Out of the gate, announced and presumed Republican candidates are spending more time trashing “Granny” than laying out specifics about their potential presidencies. One wonders what they’ll propose now that repealing the Affordable Care Act has lost its luster, the economy has steadily recovered under President Obama’s stewardship, and the deficit is becoming manageable.

  • Springs boosting salary range for police chief job

    The city of Idaho Springs is increasing the salary range and changing the responsibilities of its police chief position before hiring a new top cop.

    It’s common for a municipality to review the salary and job description for department heads once a position opens, according to interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams.

    Last month, the city announced the immediate retirement of longtime Police Chief Dave Wohlers, days after he was placed on paid leave.

  • Pups, owners preparing for Canine on the Creek fund-raising run

    It’s time to cry “havoc!” and let slip the dogs of fund-raising. The Canine on the Creek 5K Run is preparing for its fourth year on May 9, starting at 10:30 a.m.

    For the past three years, runners and walkers have gathered at Charlie’s Place, the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter in Dumont, to raise funds for the shelter and to share their enthusiasm for all things canine.

    The event is hosted by the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District.

  • Boulder raspberry a good shrub to grow in foothills

    Many readers of this column have asked for suggestions on the best trees and shrubs to plant in landscaping their homes in this area. If you need large trees, there is nothing better than the native ponderosa pine, blue spruce and Douglas fir.

    However, the blue spruce and Douglas fir need a bit more water and do their best in a ravine on a north slope, while a ponderosa pine will grow on a south slope. All of these or any other trees will need extra water for the first two to three years until they become established.

  • Rec district considering RV park

    Could a government-run, 70-site RV park be in the cards for the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District in Idaho Springs?

    Dane Matthew, district director, thinks so. The district is conducting a $7,000 study to assess the feasibility of an RV park/campground in the county, Matthew said.

  • Sports briefs

    TRACK & FIELD
    Clear Creek girls place fourth at Frontier League meet
    BENNETT — Clear Creek’s girls track team placed fourth in the 3A/2A Frontier League championships on April 30 at Bennett High School. The Lady Golddiggers finished with 59 points. Bennett won the team title with 239 points.

  • Cohesive offense helps CCHS stun Lutheran

    Inner bickering can demoralize a team. Clear Creek’s boys lacrosse team knows that all too well. 

    But when the players started coming together and playing as a team, results like the 9-7 upset of Lutheran on April 29 at CCHS can be attained.

    The Golddiggers broke up a back-and-forth game with four straight Luke Hawkins goals in the fourth quarter as the team won for the fourth time in five games. Hawkins finished with seven goals, while Nate Kocol and Mark Hawkins also scored for Clear Creek (4-8).