Today's News

  • Judge hopes to provide senior leadership

    John Judge doesn’t have to look far to see just how valuable the playing experience he gained last season — his first as a starter — was. All he needs to do is look around at practice.

    Jared Cook is gone. So is Jordan Howard. As are Chandler Morgan and Niclas Schoenhof. Those are four players in a six-man rotation that not only worked hard, but the rotation worked quite well. But with just Judge and fellow starter Tommy Wann back in the fold for the 2014-15 season, that experience is unbelievably invaluable.

  • Reflecting on not-so-glorious history

    For the past several months, the world has been confronted with the horror of psychopaths beheading hostages. Decent men and women have decried the subhuman behavior by ISIS, the Islamic State. President Obama condemned the latest of five-to-date executions as “an act of pure evil by a terrorist group.”

    One-hundred-fifty years ago on Nov. 29, 1864, American “soldiers” engaged in a similar atrocity, an act of barbarism that has become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

  • Sledding, tubing not permitted on Berthoud Pass

    For the ninth year, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding residents and visitors to the county that sledding and tubing on Berthoud Pass is illegal.

    The sledding ban affects the area within a quarter-mile of the parking area at Berthoud Pass on U.S. 40, about 12 miles northwest of Empire.

    “This area has a history of serious injuries resulting from sledders colliding with vehicles in the parking area and with other users,” Clear Creek District Ranger Penny Wu said in a written statement. 

  • Planning Commission OKs pot growing in industrial, agricultural zones

    Pot growing should be allowed in the county’s industrial zones, Clear Creek Planning Commission members recommended on a 4-2 vote Wednesday.
    Four industrial zones in the county are located at either end of Idaho Springs, in Dumont and just west of Empire.

  • County to turn over 5.6 acres to town of Empire

    A 5.6-acre parcel at the gateway to Empire could be town property soon — and it could become a community park in the future.

    The undeveloped parcel of county land is on the right side of the road as a driver approaches Empire from the south. Clear Creek County put the parcel up for sale last year for $150,000 but did not receive any interest, said Lisa Leben, the county’s special projects director. The county assessor’s office values the parcel at about $35,000, Leben said.

  • Global-warming claims spark heated responses

    Colorado’s recent cold snap and snow come directly from worldwide global warming, according to a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist who spoke Tuesday evening at the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council.

    Specifically, Super Typhoon Nuri in Japan on Nov. 8 pushed warm air north into the Arctic. Warm air in the Arctic pushed cold air south into the United States around Nov. 12, said Kevin Trenberth, the Boulder NCAR scientist. Trenberth discussed “Climate Change: Coming, Ready or Not!” at the event at Mount Vernon Country Club.

  • Idaho Springs readies for festive holiday season

    Surely I am not the only one who is happy to see the elections behind us. I wonder how the networks and the Internet will possibly be able to fill their advertising space without all those political ads. Just a little post-election sarcasm there. None of the county office candidates had any opposition, and all but one were incumbents. They all deserve congratulations and our thanks for what they have done and our support for what they intend to do.

  • Sunny side up

    It was breakfast heaven on Nov. 21 for Georgetown Community School students, who carefully tread the school’s halls, balancing ponderous plates piled high with pastries, muffins and doughnuts.

    For the past three years, the school has hosted a Thanksgiving breakfast, which fills the gymnasium and its bleachers with parents, teachers and children.

    Sausage, eggs, fruit, danish, quiche and more, all brought by families and school staff, filled two long tables in the gym.

  • Delays in bridge project anger owners of businesses

    Local business owners, frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs, want the state to fund a promotional campaign to boost their businesses.

    At a meeting Nov. 20, the business owners told officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mountain Corridor Constructors, that they are losing revenue, and that their employees are working fewer hours as the holiday shopping season arrives.

  • Currants make a tasty meal for mice and bears

    Beneath the ponderosa pine that grows outside my window is a wax or squaw currant bush, Ribes cereum. This shrub is probably one of the most important plants that grows in the foothills.