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Today's News

  • Lions’ offensive onslaught problematic for Clear Creek in opener

    LYONS — Karson Kelly went 3-for-4 with five RBIs as Lyons, hosting the game after a last-minute switch, routed Clear Creek, 17-1, in the baseball season opener on March 12.

    Hector Rodriguez, Dawson Kelly and Austin Myers also had three hits for the Lions, who finished with 16 hits. Myers also scored a team-high three runs.

    Lyons scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Lions led 10-1 before scoring more runs in the fourth before closing the game out with an additional run in the fifth.

  • Lady Diggers pack an offensive punch

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Six members of the Clear Creek girls basketball team barely had time to find their soccer shoes and lace them up before the March 12 season opener. Four days, to be precise, just three practices, after their Sweet 16 loss in the 2A playoffs.

    “One day of rest and then we came and jumped right in,” said freshman Samantha O’Brien. “But I think it worked well. I feel like everyone got in the mindset right away, which is really good.”

  • Springs’ new planner envisions pedestrian mall downtown

    A pedestrian mall in historic downtown Idaho Springs could bring in new visitors and help the economy, says Geoffrey King, the town's new planner. 

    King says creating a pedestrian/walking area also could include moving existing parking spaces on Miner Street. He says a parking lot just south of Miner Street could be modified, or a parking garage could be built on a nearby open site. 

  • Road crews working on U.S. 6 bridge over I-70

    Road crews continued emergency repairs Wednesday morning on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    One lane was closed in each direction on the I-70 bridge over U.S. 6 for the work. The road surface had been worn down by traffic and equipment, leaving a large bump at the bridge expansion joint, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement. A temporary patch was being installed Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • County makes it easier for homeowners to add 'mother-in-law' units

    More "mother-in-law" apartments could be available for Clear Creek County workers to rent in the future, following a recent zoning change on accessory dwelling units.

    Such apartments typically are found in existing single-family homes. The accessory dwelling units, as they're formally called, are now allowed as a "by right" use for homeowners, after the county commissioners voted recently to condense the rules required to build them.

  • Couple plan to build event center, hotel near Idaho Springs

    A new event center for weddings and concerts could open this fall near Idaho Springs.

    Owners Rachel and Zuri Betz plan to build an outdoor amphitheater on the site at 3669 Chicago Creek Road about 4 miles south of Idaho Springs. It will be "along the lines of Red Rocks, but much smaller," Rachel Betz said.

  • Owls help keep rodent population under control

    The great horned owl is probably the most common owl in the Evergreen area. A few of the smaller owls may be nearly as common during their brief breeding period, but the great horned owl is a permanent resident in local areas where adequate food and nesting sites are available.

  • Dumont resident found guilty of two sex counts in case involving teenager

    A Dumont resident has been found guilty of two felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child.

    Jurors on Saturday convicted Chad Farrells, 43, of sexual assault on a child and enticement of a child.

    Jurors deliberated for two days after a five-day trial before reaching the verdict. Sentencing was scheduled for June 1.

    A statement from the district attorney’s office said Farrells could face a maximum sentence that includes life in prison. He also could be required to register as a sex offender and complete offender programs.

  • Idaho Springs police promote patrol officer Hardey to detective

    The Idaho Springs Police Department has promoted patrol officer Glenn Hardey to detective.

    Police Chief Dave Wohlers said Hardey is a good fit for the position because he’s familiar with working on cases in a small-town environment.

    Hardey was hired eight months ago as a patrolman. As a detective, he will be paid $22.17 an hour.

    “I’m a mountain kid. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado. I enjoy being in the mountains, living and working in the mountains,” Hardey said.

  • New sheriff making changes, adds community relations program

    In his third month on the job, Sheriff Rick Albers has streamlined his staff to save money, plans to overhaul the office’s regulations and policies, and is implementing a new community relations program for deputies.

    “It’s going good. I’m still excited, learning as we go and still having fun — so far,” Albers joked.

    Albers said he has worked to develop strong relationships with other departments and agencies in the county since he took office.