Today's News

  • County sets rules for users of Peaks to Plains Trail

    Those who use the Clear Creek Canyon segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail now must follow rules put in place by the county commissioners on Dec. 20.

    Campfires and stoves are prohibited, and trail users are forbidden from damaging natural features, removing plants, discharging firearms, or camping within 300 yards of Clear Creek. Motorized vehicles also are not permitted on the trail.

    Violators will be charged with a class 2 petty offense and could face a $300 fine.

  • A much-needed glimmer of hope

    As the great French writer Alexis de Toqueville wrote in his seminal "Democracy in America," the greatest threat to American democracy is an uneducated voter. Well, folks, that threat is here now! As the Pogo cartoon famously said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”

  • Is Trump really a conservative?

    The years of late high school through early adulthood were a time of intellectual ferment for me. I majored in political science, read copiously and became enthralled with conservatism. William F. Buckley became my mentor and authority on all things true. I subscribed to and religiously devoured “National Review,” watched Firing Line, and became active in the Young Americans for Freedom

  • Commissioners skeptical of DA's request for pay raise

    Some skepticism was voiced among Clear Creek’s county commissioners about a pay raise for District Attorney Bruce Brown that would cost the county an additional $3,500 a year.

    Commissioners Tim Mauck and Phil Buckland suggested at the Dec. 20 commission meeting that the timing is poor because the county is cutting its budget because of the imminent closure of the Henderson Mine. Commissioner Peter Monson said the request was fair considering the challenges of Brown’s position.

  • Georgetown eyes affordable housing project

    Georgetown is hoping a workforce-housing development will be built on three parcels on the east end of town.

    The Summit Combined Housing Authority will use a $16,400 grant from the Henderson Mine to do survey, pre-development and engineering work on what is known as the “Mill Site,” which has been identified as an ideal location for 12 units.

    Once that preliminary work is done, the housing authority and the town will look for a developer to build the units and someone to manage them.

  • Werlin’s passion is displayed on the hardwood

    Grace Werlin has an obvious passion for basketball. 

    It’s not all that uncommon for the Clear Creek High junior to be shooting hoops outside at her Georgetown home during the summer or staying after practice, almost forcing head coach Marc Gorenstein to kick her out so he can turn out the lights.

    But it is that dedication to the game that has made her Clear Creek’s top offensive threat the past two seasons.

  • Sarria hitting on all cylinders

    It was Feb. 13, 2015, and Noah Sarria, by his own admission, was super nervous. He also was trying to get the crowd hyped up as his Clear Creek Golddiggers played host to Arrupe Jesuit. 

    The then-freshman attacked the basket, only to be called for a charge. The foul, however, was the least of his problems.

  • Young weather watcher provides flurry of data

    Luke Dulski loves snow — and rain and sun and any other type of weather you can think of. So much so, that he became a junior weather watcher for KCNC-Channel 4.

    That means 8-year-old Luke regularly sends weather data to the Denver TV station’s meteorologists, and on Dec. 9, he helped meteorologist Ashton Altieri deliver the bus-stop forecast on the 6:30 a.m. news.

    The broadcast has been shown throughout King-Murphy Elementary School, where Luke is a second-grader.

  • Springs lands $100,000 GOCO grant for greenway planning

    Idaho Springs, in partnership with the Clear Creek Greenway Authority, has secured a $100,000 planning grant for the portion of the proposed trail in east Idaho Springs.

    The grant from Great Outdoors Colorado is part of the organization’s Connect Initiative trail planning program, which provides funding for trail design, engineering and master planning work.

  • Priest conveys 'God's presence of mercy'

    The sanctuary at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Idaho Springs has a few seasonal additions — a cloth depicting the town of Bethlehem under the altar, purple banners on either side of the tabernacle, and a wreath with four candles.

    The whole scene calls to mind the word the ancient Romans used: “adventus,” or arrival.

    In the weeks preceding Christmas, Catholics around the world — along with other Christian denominations — celebrate the season of Advent, a time of spiritual preparation before Jesus “arrives.”