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Today's News

  • Residents urged to be aware of flood danger

    The county is urging residents to be aware of flooding danger after a recent high-water warning from the Lookout Mountain Water District.

    Snowpack is up 135 percent over last year, according to a letter to the county from Donald Ranta president of the water district’s board of directors.

    Additionally, the district’s two reservoirs, Upper Beaver Brook and Lower Beaver Brook, have remained full and overflowing since last September. 

    The ground in the area is also heavily saturated after last year’s flooding.

  • A matter of principal

    Clear Creek High senior Cody Hill has learned that being a school principal isn’t as easy as some might think.

    Cody was principal for a day on March 21, and he attended meetings, helped select songs the school choir will sing at graduation, distributed treats to teachers, and recognized students on the honor roll.

    “It’s been different; that’s for sure,” Cody said about halfway through his day as principal. “I like to see what they do. It takes a lot of leadership and decision-making.”

  • Two workers injured when avalanche-mitigation cannon explodes

    Two state employees were injured Monday morning when a cannon used for avalanche mitigation exploded near Loveland Pass.

    A 20-year veteran of the Colorado Department of Transportation was in serious condition, and an employee of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center was in fair condition, according to CDOT spokesperson Crystal Morgan. Both were transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

  • Talbot, CCHS work OT to avoid upset

    DENVER — Rachelle Talbot is being looked upon to be one of the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers’ offensive leaders in 2014. As the top returning scorer from a season ago, the senior captain has to be.

    “She, right now, is kind of the motor that makes our offense go,” Clear Creek head coach Ben Potter said.

  • Castillo, Diggers handle Jefferson

     By Craig Harper

    For the Courant

    It’s not a coincidence that Eric Castillo was Clear Creek’s starting pitcher in its first two 3A Frontier League games.

    “He’s our ace,” head coach Shane Ball said of the junior right-hander. “We try to use him in the league games as much as we can.”

  • Frontier League All-Star games bring out the league’s best

    WESTMINSTER — It started as a boys basketball game and ended up a track meet.

    A lot of all-star games do that. The 10th annual Frontier League All-Star Game on March 22 at The Academy was no different. But this one had a little different flavor as opposed to its predecessors.

  • Tunnels’ new name honors vets

    The Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs on Interstate 70 have officially been renamed the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.

    The Colorado House of Representatives unanimously approved the name change on March 21, after the Senate had given unanimous approval several weeks ago.

  • GOP without candidates for sheriff, commission seat

    For the first time in 20 years, Clear Creek Republicans do not have a candidate for sheriff. 

    In addition, no GOP candidates came forward for the District 1 county commission seat held by Democrat Tim Mauck, who is seeking re-election.

    Adam Ochs, the county Republican chairman, said he didn’t have a comment about the March 22 county assembly’s lack of candidates.

  • Bids for rec center renovation 28% over budget

    Bids to renovate the recreation center in Idaho Springs are nearly $2 million over budget, which will require modifying the design to bring the cost back to $7 million.

    Recreation district director Dane Matthew said this snag will push the start of construction from May until later this summer. The project is expected to take about 10 months.

  • Work begins next week to widen westbound tunnel

    Major construction begins next week to create a third westbound bore in the Veterans Memorial Tunnels — formerly known as the Twin Tunnels — on Interstate 70, though once the extra lane is completed, it won’t be open to commuters for several years.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will close the third lane in the westbound bore until it has the funding to create additional lanes leading up to and out of the westbound tunnel, and that could take five to 10 years, according to Benjamin Acimovic, CDOT’s tunnel project coordinator.