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Today's News

  • Krause repeats at Mt. Falcon 15K

    By Craig Harper, For the Courant

    MORRISON — Her 9-year-old daughter’s soccer schedule prevents Lindsay Krause from fulfilling a full schedule of races. But Krause has managed to squeeze in the last two Mt. Falcon 15K runs — the third and middle leg of the Evergreen Trail Racing Series — and she’s made the most of both opportunities.

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway reopens

    Mountain visitors can rejoice — the road to the top of Mount Evans is finally open for summer drives.

    Not only did the road from Echo Lake to the top of the mountain reopen Aug. 4, but it's planned to stay open until the first substantial snowfall — probably in mid-October, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The road usually closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Prospector targets area near Santiago Mine

    Mine-claim owner Stephen Hilgers has filed plans to prospect for minerals near the Santiago Mill in an area near the historic ghost-town region of Waldorf south of Georgetown.

    Officials at the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety are reviewing the permit request, after a public comment period recently closed, said Michael Cunningham, an employee at the state agency. A 60-day review period generally ends with a decision to approve or deny a plan, although an applicant can request an extension, he said.

  • Clear Creek EMS legend dies

    Robert Marlin — a man called a "living legend among the emergency medical services community" in Clear Creek County — died on Saturday, Aug. 1.

    He was 63.

    Kelly Flenniken, Marlin's daughter, said her dad was very committed to the mountain community, from his work at the ambulance service and coaching daughter Cameron's Little League teams when she was younger, to volunteering on the Loveland Ski Area ski patrol. His grandchildren, Phoebe and Piper Flenniken, meant the world to him, she said.

  • Should it be all about getting results?

    It is tempting to write about the nut-case rhetoric spewing forth from Republican presidential candidates. For a writer, it is low-hanging fruit. I tried resisting, however …

    Like many others, I am past the shock level. Listening to them trying to out-demagogue one another is like watching a movie in which the F-word is used incessantly. After a while, the viewer no longer hears it, having become desensitized to its impact.

  • Inventor hopes fishing floaters lure customers

    A creative fishing trip as a little girl inspired Clear Creek County resident Sheri Keller to become an inventor, entrepreneur and ultimately a business owner.

    Keller used her fishing experiences to form KBT Weights LLC, which is on the verge of receiving the patent for her fishing sinkers and floaters, and is in talks with potential distributors — all thanks to her grandfather’s invention.

    She said her family went camping and fishing on vacations because there wasn’t enough money for more extravagant trips.

  • Pups with a purpose

    Following a missing hiker’s scent as it moves through the air is something 7-year-old Hiydn does well.

    Set loose to run through the wilderness, the black Labrador retriever homes in on someone needing help, then returns to her handler, Jeff Sparhawk, to lead a rescue team back.

    This is not unlike a highly trained version of Lassie alerting the homestead that Timmy fell into a well.

    When someone needs rescuing in Clear Creek County’s wilderness, the Alpine Rescue Team is often the first called.

  • Wildflowers abundant in late summer

    One of the most common roadside flowers of the late summer and early autumn is the yellow sweet-clover, Melilotus officinale. The common roadside plant, oddly enough, is not a native.

    According to the books that I have, the white sweet clover is a native, but the yellow was introduced from Europe because it was known to be both a good honey and forage plant. It is also known as honey clover and yellow melilot.

  • Five finalists named in search for Idaho Springs police chief

    Idaho Springs has narrowed the candidates for chief of police from 12 to five.

    Those five will meet with the public on Friday, Aug. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and residents will likely be given the opportunity to fill out comment forms.

    Interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams said the candidates then will be interviewed by the city on Aug. 22 and later by a selection committee made up of the Clear Creek County sheriff and undersheriff, and the town marshal for Georgetown, which will share its findings with the city council before a decision is made.

  • Refurbished rec center set to reopen

    Workers applied finishing touches last week to the $7.8 million expanded and refurbished Idaho Springs rec center in time for its Aug. 18 grand opening.

    The temporary rec center at the former middle school closed Sunday so equipment could be moved into the updated facility at 98 12th St.

    On Aug. 13, the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District will host a VIP reception, which director Dane Matthew said will help the organization fine-tune its offerings and what’s needed before the big day.