Today's News

  • County eyes nonprofit funding amid budget woes

    As the county looks to trim its budget, officials are eyeing the funding they provide annually to nonprofits.

    Every year the county allocates between $40,000 and $66,000 to about 20 organizations, including the Project Support Senior Center in Idaho Springs; Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice; KYGT-FM, the nonprofit radio station; and other recipients such as races and booster clubs.

    Organizations receive as much as $15,000 or as little as $500 from the county’s general fund.

  • Event center offers the rustic and the luxurious

    Rustic decorations, antiques, historical photos, a luxurious 3,200-square-foot lodge on 22 acres: The newly opened Blackstone Rivers Ranch aims to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.

    Rachel and Zuri Betz opened the event venue in August to provide a unique location for weddings, retreats and conferences at 3673 Chicago Creek Road off Highway 103 outside Idaho Springs.

  • Police chief rips fire station staffing; fire chief calls him ‘misinformed’

    Idaho Springs Police Chief Chris Malanka has complained to the Clear Creek Fire Authority board that his city’s fire station is not regularly staffed — but the fire chief counters that Malanka is misinformed about how a volunteer fire department actually works.

    Malanka addressed the board Sept. 14 during the public comment portion of its meeting — after he reportedly was removed from the regular agenda. He said that Station 2, at 2000 Colorado Blvd., more resembles an empty warehouse than a first-response springboard.

  • Chief’s ouster from agenda sparks anger

    The removal of the Idaho Springs police chief from the regular agenda of the board of the Clear Creek Fire Authority raised the ire of both the chief and Springs Mayor Mike Hillman.

    “For us to have someone who is in his position not to (be able to) address the board — it just doesn’t make sense,” said Hillman, a member of the fire board.

    “I think that’s chicken. I really do,” he told fire board President Phil Buckland, who also serves as a county commissioner.

    Malanka expressed similar sentiments.

  • Davies, CCHS girls reach state cross country meet

    Wes Davies placed ninth with a time of 17 minutes, 59 seconds and the Clear Creek girls team took fourth at the 2A Region 1 championships on Oct. 21 in Yuma.

    Both Davies and the CCHS girls qualified for the 2A cross country championships, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

  • Diggers sweep Lake County, Pinnacle

    By Tyler Jordan
    For the Courant

    Round-robin tournaments have a way of testing a team’s depth, athleticism and determination. For the Clear Creek varsity volleyball team, the challenges started before it took the court.

  • Golddiggers’ playoffs hopes rest in CHSAA’s RPI standings

    BAILEY — Noah Sarria pondered as he stood alone at the 47-yard line. The game — Clear Creek’s penultimate of the 2016 regular season — hadn’t ended the way he or the Golddiggers had hoped just 2 minutes earlier.

  • Huskies escape Diggers on late Schmidt TD run

    BAILEY — Otis Schmidt shared an embrace with his father, Mike, who also serves as Platte Canyon’s head football coach, after the game. Otis, the team’s senior quarterback, was thankful for the opportunity he had been given just moments earlier.

    Sure, Mike Schmidt calls the Huskies’ plays, but Otis Schmidt had to run it to perfection. He did just that.

  • Vox

    Wood, Condon have qualifications

    to be excellent commissioners


    Residents of Clear Creek County: You have important choices to make for county commissioner and who will be responsible to our community. We have two candidates who are extremely qualified with management and fiscal experience. Please look at the record and background of Sean Wood and Cindy Condon.

  • Witches and bats and bears — oh no!

    (Reprinted from Oct. 28, 2009)

    I am sorry to say that I made an error in my article of two weeks ago. In the article of Oct. 7, I wrote that grizzly bears “had been all but eliminated in the contiguous 48 states.” This is not true, and I apologize. I checked this information in the book “Bears of the World” by Lance Craighead, and assumed it to be up to date, for he is an authority on bears and it is a fairly recent publication.