Today's News

  • Clear Creek rafting companies riding high

    Folks who love to ride the rapids in Clear Creek haven’t had this much fun in years.

    Heavy rains and snowmelt on high have led to a big boost in business at rafting companies in Clear Creek County in recent weeks. Water levels in Clear Creek are running 25 to 30 percent higher this year than last year at the same time, said Brandon Gonski, general manager at AVA Rafting.

  • Volunteers train for whitewater rescues

    "Swimmers," each wearing two wetsuits, gloves, life vests, helmets and fins, plied the waters of a raging Clear Creek at Lawson Whitewater Park on Saturday to help volunteers train for future water rescues.

    To kick off the exercises, a team of two "swimmers" jumped in the water slightly above the whitewater park. As they were swept downstream, rescuers along the shore threw ropes to them and pulled them in. 

  • Black market reportedly still exists for marijuana

    Even though registered pot growing operations appear to be following the rules, there's still believed to be a thriving black market for marijuana, the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says.

    "We're trying to enforce it the best we can," said Undersheriff Bruce Snelling. "It's a cash business, so, to some extent, cash creates corruption."

  • Greenway Authority seeking new director

    Officials again are on the hunt for a greenway director to oversee construction of the Peaks to Plains Trail from Loveland Pass to the Jefferson County border.

    A job description is expected to go out in July to recruit the new person — who is expected to be part fund-raiser, part facilitator, part marketing person and part mediator, among other things. No salary has been set for the new director.

  • Defendant in local sex-assault case reportedly has ties to woman in Washington controversy

    Defendant Joshua Dolezal had a status hearing Monday in Clear Creek County in a child sex assault case slated to go to trial on Aug. 11.

    Joshua Dolezal reportedly is related to Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president in Washington, a source told the Denver Post on Monday. Rachel Dolezal has been making headlines since last week, when her parents said she is a white woman who has pretended to be black for years.

    Rachel Dolezal has been assisting the person her brother is accused of assaulting, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday.

  • Balancing service needs with less money

    During my conversation with Clear Creek Economic Corp. executive director Peggy Stokstad and Commissioner Tim Mauck on KYGT about post-Henderson Clear Creek, I quipped that while the belief that the Japanese character for chaos is the same for opportunity is urban legend, it remains a wonderful idea.

    On the one hand, both Stokstad and Mauck aver it’s important to keep in mind the size of the Henderson property-tax footprint has not always been gargantuan. Nevertheless, it is something we need to be concerned about.

  • Idaho Springs accepting police chief applications through June

    Applicants for the Idaho Springs police chief job have until June 30 to submit their resumes.

    Interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams said KRW Associates, the company helping with the hiring process, began receiving resumes almost immediately after the job was posted June 1.

    After the cutoff date, the city will narrow the list of candidates before conducting interviews.

  • Vireos common but not abundant in foothills

    How many of you have seen a warbling vireo? Probably not very many of you. Although they are relatively common, they are not very abundant. Only a single pair is ordinarily found in one breeding area.

    They are not brilliantly colored or birds that you might see walking about in your yard like the American robin. They usually defend their nesting territory with song, and an established pair will keep any other pair from nesting nearby.

  • A barnyard in the backyard

    Editor’s note: This is the third part in a series interviewing Clear Creek residents who want to bring aspects of farming and agriculture into their backyards. Sometimes called “backyard homesteaders,” they are looking to be more self-sufficient and are raising everything from ducks to bees.

    It’s hard to say how it first started, but chickens, geese, ducks, pheasants, turkeys, quail, horses, mules and most recently peacocks have made their way to the McNeil home.

  • Schwecke catches glimpse at future

    ALAMOSA — It’s June 11 and Anna Schwecke had just arrived at Adams State University for the 59th annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State girls basketball game. 

    A dorm room awaited her, but what happened next after two days of practices was the intense action on the court — the kind of action the recent Clear Creek High School graduate expects to see this fall when she starts playing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.