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Today's News

  • Remote-controlled avalanche trigger to be used on Berthoud Pass

    A new system to combat avalanches on Berthoud Pass in Clear Creek is expected to be in operation by the winter of 2015.

    The system is called a "Gazex Exploder,” which can trigger avalanches remotely with a propane-fueled blast of compressed air. 

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will spend $2 million to have five of the systems installed next summer along the Stanley Slide path. The path crosses U.S. 40 in two locations, and an avalanche there has the potential to close the road for days.

  • Log home company looking to expand

    A Dumont company that builds log homes wants to expand and hire up to 30 people.

    Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes currently manufactures its homes off site. After 10 years at the location, owner Dennis Anderson has applied for rezoning at 1501 County Road 308 in Dumont so that he can build the kit homes there.

  • Lady Diggers scrambling after home loss to Middle Park

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Clear Creek was no match for the best volleyball team in the Frontier League. On the surface, that wouldn’t necessarily seem to be a bad thing for the conference’s lone 2A member. But head coach Karin Thomsen warned the Lady Golddiggers after a home-court rout in straight sets 25-18, 25-14, 25-16 to Middle Park on Oct. 1 that they will face “bigger and stronger” opponents in the upcoming playoffs.

  • Homecoming anything but joyous for CCHS

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Clear Creek’s football season couldn’t get any stranger or more frustrating, but head coach Brian Inman isn’t giving up on the final three weeks.

  • Polis, Leing in battle for 2nd Congressional District seat

    Niwot lawyer George Leing, a Republican, is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Idaho Springs and Georgetown.

    The wide-ranging district includes Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, as well as mountain towns farther west and a broad swath of cities on the Front Range running all the way to Colorado’s northern border.

  • Empire to decide soon on whether to hire police officer

    Empire officials will decide whether to hire a police officer in the next month as the town moves into its annual budgeting process.
    Empire saved close to $80,000 this year by not replacing former police chief John Castrodale, who left in January to work for the Idaho Springs Police Department in its No. 2 position.
    Town officials waited to decide whether the town really needed its own law enforcement and can simply have the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office handle calls. Now some officials are leaning toward bringing back a chief of police.

  • Science unit energizes Carlson students

    Carlson sixth-graders stood in line last Friday to receive shoebox-size cardboard boxes to take home. While small on the outside, the boxes were filled to the brim with science.

  • For teens, 3-D printer is a virtual (and tangible) thrill

    Local students now can take their creativity into the third dimension at the Idaho Springs Library.
    The library, with the help of fund-raising and grants, purchased a $1,700 LulzBot TAZ 3D printer.

  • Economic incentives could be used to lure hotel

    A hotelier may be wooed to build in Clear Creek County by economic incentives, according to an economic development official.
    County economic development officials plan to “get creative and put together some (economic incentive) options to see what kind of interest there is,” Peggy Stokstad, president of the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp., said recently. A recent hotel viability study showed a 10 percent profitability gap between what it might take to build a hotel and what its potential revenues might be in the beginning.

  • Eagle County administrator to be offered county manager job

    Current Eagle County Manager Keith Montag is the county commissioners' choice to do the same job in Clear Creek County.

    At a meeting Tuesday, the commissioners said they would offer the job to Montag, after choosing him from three finalists who were interviewed Sept. 22. The commissioners plan to meet with Montag formally on Monday, Oct. 13, to sign paperwork. He is expected to start work Nov. 17.