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Today's News

  • Picking name is no walk in the park

    In the weeks to come, Idaho Springs will decide what name to give a new park on the grounds surrounding the Carnegie Library, and the debate is on.
    The library board wants to name the area “Margaret Robbins Park” to honor Idaho Springs’ first librarian, while some Idaho Springs Historical Society members want to name it in honor of the Plummer family, who donated the land and helped being the library to town.

  • Enrollment continues to fall in Clear Creek schools

    The Clear Creek School District’s decade-long enrollment decline continued this fall semester with a 3.4 percent drop.
    Willie Leslie, the district’s business manager, said the district has 29 fewer students than in fall 2013. The school district currently has 831 students.
    Willie attributed the loss to families moving out of the county and a reduction in the number of foreignexchange students.

  • Veteran has name placed on WWII memorial — 70 years late

    After nearly 70 years, Robert Miner finally received the recognition he was due.
    On Sept. 11, Miner’s family, friends and members of the Clear Creek Veterans Coalition formally placed his name on the Idaho Springs World War II memorial.

  • Three finalists named for county manager

    The Clear Creek county commissioners have chosen three finalists for the open county manager job, all of them from Colorado.

    The three candidates are:

    • Jane Berry, most recently town administrator/clerk/treasurer in Walden.

    • James "Mitch" Houston, chief intellectual property officer at Quest Technologies in Denver and a member of the Clear Creek County Board of Education.

  • Diggers limping into first bye week

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    THORNTON — The natural reaction after getting drilled is to bounce right back into action and take out the frustration on the next opponent. In the case of Clear Creek’s football team, the heart is willing, the body not so much.

    The Golddiggers’ physical wounds matched the emotional scars following a 42-6  pounding at Cornerstone Christian in the 1A Metro League opener on Sept. 6, leaving them relishing a bye this week.

  • Lady Diggers ‘Twin Towers’ take charge

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Oscar Wilde would be proud of Karin Thomsen. So far, the Clear Creek volleyball coach has resisted the temptation to pair her “Twin Towers” together on the court — though she’s intrigued by the prospect.

    Until then, Anna Schwecke and Becca Abrahamson will take turns terrorizing opponents.

  • Latest plan streamlines off ramp at Springs

    The road into the east side of Idaho Springs at Exit 241 off Interstate 70 is planned for a re-route that should be more direct than a previous plan.
    The off ramp from I-70 into is slated to be reconfigured in connection with a new bridge planned to be built over the highway at Exit 241 as part of a $72 million eastbound peak-period shoulder lane project.

  • Slow and steady wins the school snail races

    With grinning youngsters peering down at them, three snails were off, moving down an elaborate cardboard racetrack at — pardon the pun — a snail’s pace.

  • Parents should embrace educator role

    In my book, Neil Zeron was one of the greats. As a rookie teacher struggling to hold my head above water in a sea of 13-year-olds whose last desire was to sit in an eighth-grade American history class, Neil was a font of wisdom. He became my mentor, a trusted guide into and through the byzantine labyrinth of teaching.
    During one conversation at happy hour, which became our debriefing sessions, I reflectively mused what it would be like to see how “my kids” turned out later in their lives.

  • Elks Lodge donates AED to senior center

    The Idaho Springs Elks Lodge recently donated a $2,000 automated external defibrillator to the Project Support Senior Center.