Today's News

  • Summer workers scrambling for housing

    Zip-line guide Tory Gentes lived in a tent on private property in Idaho Springs this summer — mainly, she says, because she wasn’t paid enough to rent available rental housing in the region.

  • Society’s 50th anniversary is pure gold

    The Historical Society of Idaho Springs is celebrating a half-century of preserving the past.
    The nonprofit recognized the milestone with an event Sept. 6 at the Underhill Museum in Idaho Springs. Another, final celebration is also planned during its annual gala Nov. 8 at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk.
    “We’re tickled to death to be celebrating our 50th year as an organization and the 20th year of our heritage museum,” said historical society board president Omer Humble.

  • Goldfinches check out feeders as fall weather arrives

    Friday, Sept. 5, had been a wet, cloudy day that finally turned into rain about 5:30 p.m. It feels much too cold for September, but so be it. Our summer is over because by the time you read this, it will be Wednesday, Sept. 10. I just hope we will still have some nice fall weather in September and October.
    Many people have asked what they can bring me, to which I have had to respond that there’s nothing that I really need. I am grateful for their kindness and desire to be good friends by their offers to bring me some tokens of their friendship.

  • Arrest on I-70 closes westbound lanes

    Clear Creek County sheriff’s officers arrested an apparently suicidal Arvada man on the east side of Floyd Hill on Interstate 70 early Monday morning after he allegedly pointed a hand-held Taser at them.

    Westbound I-70 was closed near mile marker 271 near the Floyd Hill exit between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. during the incident, according to Maj. Rick Albers, a Clear Creek County sheriff’s spokesman.

  • Swenson, Werlin lead CCHS in opener

    FORT COLLINS — Brandon Swenson placed 63rd overall in a field of 197 at the SaberCat Invitational on Aug. 30 at Fossil Ridge High School. Swenson finished in a time of 18 minutes, 13.6 seconds.

    He helped Clear Creek take 25th out of 28 schools in the boys race. The Golddiggers finished with 663 points. Chaparral won the predominant 5A/4A race with 113 points. The next top CCHS boys finisher was Liam McDonough, who came in 130th in 19:51.4.

  • Diggers reverse fortune at home

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Clear Creek’s offense saw the light long before Xcel came to the rescue and provided power to the four light standards on the south side of Golddigger Stadium late in the fourth quarter of its home opener.

  • Up-and-down start for CCHS

    LAKEWOOD — Elitch Gardens would have probably been more fun, but the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers rode through their own highs and lows during their first matches of the season at the Gold Crown tournament Aug. 29-30. Clear Creek played back-to-back matches over two days, facing four teams. 

    The Lady Diggers’ first day was like a yo-yo — down one minute, up the next. First, they were shut out 25-15, 25-9, 25-13 by Fruita Monument, then they came back to defeat Hinkley 25-18, 25-10, 25-21.

  • Forest Service increasing enforcement of 14-day camping rule

    U.S. Forest Service officials plan to step up enforcement of a rule that allows campers to stay 14 days on Forest Service land 5 miles south of Idaho Springs before moving.
    Campers appear to be living longer than 14 days on the land known as “Fisherman’s Access” on the west side of Colorado 103, Penny Wu, district ranger in the Idaho Springs office, told the county commissioners on Aug. 26.

  • Hotel a possibility for former BLM parcel

    A lodge/hotel and an RV campground could be built near the Bakerville exit of Interstate 70, according to a new land-use plan.

  • A river runs though it

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series examining the past, present and future of Clear Creek.

    By Ian Neligh
    Courant Editor
    Through the mountains and down to the plains, Clear Creek has rushed along its jagged banks long before civilization ever found it and the gold hidden within. Its discovery led to industry, economy and community. The tie binding the stream to the people living along its banks will not be broken easily.

    A commitment