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Today's News

  • There’s a new sheriff in town — but many thanks go to Krueger

    Surrounded by employees, co-workers, county officials and friends, longtime Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said goodbye to public service at his retirement party on Jan. 7.

    Krueger received plaques, a resolution recognizing his service, accolades, a memorial coin, a “retired” badge, and a standing ovation.

    “Thank you. It’s been a hell of a ride,” said Krueger, who served as a deputy sheriff from 1988 to 1995 and as sheriff from 1995 to 2015.

  • Cannon restoration completed with a bang

    The 154-year-old Civil War memorial cannon was placed on its new carriage and wheels Monday at its home in front of the Idaho Springs Library.

    Over time, the wooden wheels and carriage for the 1,200-pound cannon had deteriorated so they could no longer stand on their own. For the past year, the artillery piece was fenced off from the public.

    The city paid $2,000 to replace the wheels, and $12,000 was raised by private donors to replace the carriage, of which $10,000 came from Idaho Springs residents.

  • Huskies zone in, end slide against host Golddiggers

    Finally, the streak is over.

    It took a down year from Clear Creek, a better-than-usual start for Platte Canyon and 2-3 zone for the visiting Huskies to post their first win over the Golddiggers’ boys basketball program in nearly six years, but it finally happened. Behind 14 points from Isaac Tadla and 11 from Kenny Michel, Platte Canyon pulled away for a 48-27 victory at Clear Creek High School on Jan. 9.

    “It was a fun game. I was proud of the guys for working hard and for working together,” Platte Canyon head coach Dean Carlstrom said.

  • Lady Diggers press the issue, rout Platte Canyon

    With the likes of Anna Schwecke, Rebecca Abrahamson and Claire Werlin — all of whom stand 6-foot or taller — it would be easy for Clear Creek’s girls basketball team to attack the low post. 

    But opposing teams have taken to, and will continue to do so, employing a full-court press to keep the ball out of their hands. So CCHS, like it did Jan. 9 in a 77-30 thumping of an inexperienced Platte Canyon squad at Clear Creek High School, has taken to the press as well to counteract the opposition.

  • Truck fire closed westbound I-70

    Drivers were routed over Loveland Pass for more than an hour Monday after a truck fire on Interstate 70 closed the westbound lanes of the highway about 7:45 a.m.

    The truck was on fire in the right-hand lane of I-70 west of the Eisenhower Tunnel near mile marker 208, said Emily Wilfong, a state transportation department spokeswoman. The driver was able to jump out of the cab before flames engulfed the truck, and there were no injuries, Wilfong said.

    Traffic was routed over Loveland Pass for safety reasons. 

  • Bridge work continues

    Work was done on the new Colorado 103 bridge in Idaho Springs for the second of three nights Monday as CDOT continues its push to end delays and complete the contentious project by the end of the month. 

  • Idaho Springs hires city planner

    Idaho Springs officials have hired long-time county resident Geoffrey King as the city planner.

    King started work Monday and replaces former city planner Tim Katers, who left the position last fall after three months on the job to pursue a position as a disaster recovery specialist in Loveland.

    King will work part-time and be paid $25.48 hour to work with developers, city staff and the planning commission, while handling "land-use matters." The final description of the city planner's duties is not yet finalized.

  • County supports police appreciation day

    Thank a law enforcement officer if you see him or her today — or any day.

    That's the message from county commissioners in Clear Creek and from other government officials around the country who support the first National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Friday, Jan. 9.

  • County public works director resigns

    After 22 years of service, Clear Creek Public Works Director Tim Allen plans to resign Jan. 16.

    Karl Shell, the county’s west district public works foreman, will serve as the interim public works director, Montag said. Allen submitted his resignation Dec. 16, but the information was not made public until Tuesday.

  • Centura could open county clinic

    Centura Health could be the next health-care provider in Clear Creek County.

    Englewood-based Centura was the only respondent to a recent county request for interest from health providers. Centura is well known in mountain communities for its Flight For Life helicopter service and in Denver and the region for its 15 hospitals, including St. Anthony Hospital.

    Clear Creek County currently has no health clinic or provider that will accept Medicaid patients.