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Today's News

  • O’Brien, Davies better selves in season opener

    BROOMFIELD — For Clear Creek junior Samantha O’Brien, the Holy Family Invitational holds special meaning. After all, last year, it was the first race she ever ran in her high school cross country career. This year was even better.

    O’Brien didn’t reminiscence too much about the race on her way to a 14th-place finish in a field loaded with runners from 5A down to 2A. She placed in a time of 22 minutes, 26.7 seconds.

  • 2016 prep football preview: Mercer has drive to succeed

    The drive from Mount Vernon, Ky., to Clear Creek County is more than 18 hours and 1,260 miles. It wasn’t particularly a venture that Isaiah Mercer wanted to make going into his senior year, but logistics — both of his parents landed jobs in Colorado — dictated the relocation.

    “Yeah, it was hard for me. I didn’t really want to move at first, but then we came out here and we made some new friends,” Mercer said.

  • Leafy spurge weeds can grow in abundance unless eradicated

    (Reprinted from Aug. 29, 2012)

    It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn, I’m unhappy to say. Seldom does autumn come this early, but the drought seems to have made plants mature early, and many of the late summer and autumn flowers are blooming or past blooming already.

    When any plant is stressed by drought or any other condition, they do what all plants do: They bloom and produce seeds to carry on the species. Last week, Sylvia Robertson brought me a plant specimen taken from a large patch at Evergreen Lake.

  • Migrating nighthawks fill the evening air

    (Reprinted from Aug. 22, 2012)

    There is a small order of birds known as goatsuckers. The scientific name is the Caprimulgiformes, which comes from the Latin Caprimulgus, a milker of goats and forma or form.

    This name comes from the old belief that these birds, which are often seen in low sweeping flight over meadows, were sucking the milk out of goats. There are not as many species in this order as there are in some other orders such as finches and warblers.

  • Voters must veto the prince of profane

    Aug. 24. Four weeks and a day to the autumnal equinox. I guess I should call it the first day of fall, but autumnal equinox sounds better, more educated. But probably snooty to some. To them, that probably makes me a pointy head.

  • Diggers' cross country team continues to build off of youth movement

    Coach Jeff Miller could’ve looked at how the tank was somewhat depleted in 2015, and it was. 

    After all, Brandon Swenson, the favorite to be Clear Creek’s top male cross country runner a season ago, transferred to nearby Evergreen High and finished seventh in the 4A state meet.

    But the tank “didn’t go dry by any stretch of the imagination,” Miller noted. That is evident by who the Golddiggers have coming back in 2016.

  • Lady Diggers look to rebound from year of seasoning

    It would be easy to look back on the 2015 volleyball season as a rebuilding one for Clear Creek High School. 

    After all, the Lady Golddiggers not only had their first losing season in more than a decade but also the first in the four-year tenure of head coach Karin Thomsen.

  • Rich back in the game for Diggers

    Jonah Rich doesn’t have much recollection of the game itself. It may have been against Jefferson High, but that’s not for certain. It was a JV football game. He recalls that.

    He was just a freshman and a quarterback, at the time, for Clear Creek High. Then he got his bell rung — a midseason concussion that did more than just knock him out of this game. It temporarily, at least to his coaches, sidetracked his high school football career.

  • Migrating nighthawks fill the evening air

    (Reprinted from Aug. 22, 2012)

    There is a small order of birds known as goatsuckers. The scientific name is the Caprimulgiformes, which comes from the Latin Caprimulgus, a milker of goats and forma or form.

    This name comes from the old belief that these birds, which are often seen in low sweeping flight over meadows, were sucking the milk out of goats. There are not as many species in this order as there are in some other orders such as finches and warblers.

  • Mount Evans moments

    Young mountain goats cavort near the summit of Mount Evans on a recent sunny day. Cooler weather was expected to move into the area later this week, as summer wanes and the tourism season winds down.