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Today's News

  • Residents concerned about proposed county park

    Dumont area residents are concerned that a proposed county park in their town will attract too many visitors and negatively affect wildlife and the natural environment.

    Almost 70 county residents attended a public meeting on the proposal Jan. 17 at the rec center in Idaho Springs.

    According to Beth Luther, executive assistant to Clear Creek’s county commissioners, the 560 acres in question, which the county calls the Blue Ridge properties, is in Dumont on the south side of I-70, near the animal shelter.

  • Man accused of setting woman on fire facing trial

    The man accused of setting a mother of two on fire while the four were on a camping trip last June in Clear Creek County faces trial on a first-degree murder charge.

    After a seven-hour preliminary hearing, Judge Russell Granger determined there was probable cause to try John Anthony Vasquez, 32, later this year.

    Vasquez, an Arvada resident, was arrested on suspicion of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend, Christina Archuleta, and setting her on fire at a remote campsite in the Arapaho National Forest.

  • Loans, grants to be available for Springs businesses that must move signs

    Through a new grant and loan program, Idaho Springs wants to provide funds to businesses required to move their signs because of the Colorado Boulevard reconstruction.

    The city recently received a $25,000 grant from the Henderson Mine, and last week the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. authorized $10,000 for low-interest business loans for business facades and signs.

    City Administrator Andy Marsh said the city is still working to identify which signs need to be removed, which need minor adjustments, and which can remain in place.

  • Xcel planning upgrades to Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant

    Xcel Energy is spending $88 million to upgrade the Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant above Georgetown, including replacing the two giant turbines that generate electricity.

    Design and engineering work will begin this year, with construction and retrofitting beginning in 2018. The 210-foot upper dam wall will be raised 4 feet to increase storage capacity. The work is expected to take four years.

  • Monson looks back at 10 months on county commission

    Peter Monson looks back at his 10-month stint as a county commissioner with pride, knowing he helped make key decisions that will affect the future of Clear Creek.

    The former school board president was appointed on March 9 by the governor to fill the late Tom Hayden's District 2 commission seat. Republican Sean Wood was elected to the seat in November.

  • Forest Service increasing camping fees by 10 percent

    The Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests are increasing fees for campgrounds and day-use areas by as much as 10 percent to offset rising operating costs.

    Those costs include campground maintenance, trash removal and staffing.

    Senior passes still will be available for half-price.

    The two national forests consist of 1.5 million acres that stretch from Interstate 70 to Mount Evans and across the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork area. The area also reaches north to the Wyoming border.

  • A mooooving rescue on Clear Creek

    A wayward cow running through traffic on Interstate 70 on Jan. 10 fell into Clear Creek and ultimately was pulled to safety by a handful of good samaritans and a CDOT truck sporting a crane.

    The bovine has made a full recovery after her time in the freezing creek, which had ice along its banks.

  • Lady Diggers run the table

    The girls’ basketball banner hanging in the gymnasium at Clear Creek High School doesn’t have an asterisk next to the 2016 Frontier League championship recognition, but it could. 

    After all, the Lady Golddiggers shared last year’s title with Bennett and Middle Park. This year, there is no sharing.

  • Golddiggers forced to hit reset button after regular-season finale

    A season low in points scored and a fifth loss in seven games were good enough reasons, if any, for the Clear Creek Golddiggers to need a reset to the 2016-17 season. 

    Granted, the reset was coming no matter what following the Diggers’ 52-37 regular-season ending loss to Academy on Feb. 14. After all CCHS had a week between that game and its 2A District 7 tournament opener at Dayspring Christian. But if CCHS wanted its season to continue, a change in direction was needed.

  • Mercer verbally commits to Cumberlands

    Isaiah Mercer might be headed home.

    The Clear Creek High School senior, who transferred from Rockcastle High in Mount Vernon, Ky., this school year, has verbally committed to play football for the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.