Today's News

  • Restoration work on Clear Creek will improve rafting, benefit trout

    Work has begun to restore a section of Clear Creek near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to bring back the trout and to extend the whitewater rafting season.

    This week crews are deepening the river channel from the Lancaster Bridge to the east side of the tunnels to bolster trout populations.

    Most of the work will be complete by April 15. Access to the creek is restricted to the public during the project.

  • American dippers are the area’s most unusual songbirds

    When walking in the parking lot in downtown Evergreen on a snowy winter day, you may hear a bubbling bird song. It you are so fortunate, sit quietly along the bank of Bear Creek and listen.

    You are not hearing some unfortunate canary that someone has left out in the cold, but you are hearing one of our most unusual songbirds, the American dipper.

  • Amusement park assignment a wild ride for Carlson students

    The ideal amusement park from a first-grader’s perspective is an exercise in unfiltered imagination.

    It includes multi-colored towers, impossible roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, water rides and, in one case, visitors whipped around on a ride, narrowly avoiding the grasp of hungry dinosaurs.

    This exercise in creative thought took place last week in Carlson Elementary School’s first-grade classes, as students combined lessons in reading, math, science, map making and art into their own dream amusement park.

  • Despite opposition, Springs council endorses Exit 241 bridge project

    The Idaho Springs city council narrowly endorsed the Colorado Department of Transportation’s plan to rebuild the Exit 241 bridge over Interstate 70 on the east side of the city, despite public opposition to the plan.

    After a hearing Feb. 23, the council voted 4-3 in favor of a 1041 permit, which allows local governments some control over state development projects with local impacts.

    Mayor Mike Hillman and council members Marilyn Anderson, Bob Bowland and Lisa Highley voted yes, while council members Denise Deese, Kate Collier and John Curtis voted no.

  • Down the runway

    Even with no red carpet or high-fashion models, the King-Murphy kindergarten international fashion show was every bit a spectacle of beautiful costumes from different regions of the globe and a hit with parents.

    This year, the fashion show was set up in the gym, with Mary Pat Maroney’s second-grade class in the audience, along with parents and grandparents. School secretary Shirley Simon was the emcee, discussing the outfits that ranged from kimonos to sombreros.

  • Lady Golddiggers can’t hold off Highland

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courant

    GREELEY — It’s no wonder Anna Schwecke and Kaela Kalabany have a secret language on the basketball court after having thrown the ball around together for nearly a decade. The two Clear Creek seniors dominated the court, but it, unfortunately, was to no avail after the Lady Golddiggers lost to top-seeded Highland, 60-53, at Greeley Central High School in the 2A District 7 tournament finals on Feb. 20.


    Taylor Hutchen isn’t like most other 8-year-olds, per se. Sure, like other kids her age, she is more gums than teeth when she smiles, and she’d rather play outside than do homework. But unlike many her age, Taylor is a serendipitous blend of fearless adventurer, who is thoughtful beyond her years, with a full-blown addiction to skiing that transcends the negative effects of being cold or exhausted after a long day of carving fresh powder.

  • Up-to-the-minute info for I-70 motorists

    In the future, drivers in the Interstate 70 mountain corridor could get verbal warnings broadcast to their cars about highway accidents.

    Or they might be told about black ice up ahead. Those warnings would be a major piece of a $10 million federal “connected vehicle project” that state officials want to implement by 2020.

  • Erickson named veterans service officer

    Two new faces are now at the ready to serve veterans in Clear Creek County. 

    Troy Erickson is the new full-time Clear Creek County veterans service officer. He’ll help veterans with any issues they may have, including mental health issues, according to a county news release.

    The previous veterans service officer, Rick Winfrey, worked part time and helped veterans get government benefits. The job was expanded to a full-time position, with the additional duties, after Winfrey's contract ended.

  • Cyclists fear toll lane will curtail access to I-70 stretch

    “A fair number” of bicyclists use a short stretch of Interstate 70 to ride from Fall River Road to Idaho Springs, according to Michael Raber, a resident bicycle advocate.

    Now that a toll lane is being built on that eastbound stretch of highway, some riders are concerned about how they might be able to get through in the future. Raber said he does not know the specific number of cyclists currently using the highway. The $72 million toll-lane project is expected to operate on weekends year-round. It’s expected to open this fall.