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Today's News

  • County staff says city should annex Argo plot

    Clear Creek County has recommended that the county commissioners approve the proposed Idaho Springs annexation of 15 acres near the Argo Gold Mine and Mill tourist site to aid in future development.

    “We did receive an annexation report from the city. Staff has reviewed that, and we find no issues,” County Manager Keith Montag told the commissioners on Aug. 23. “(There are) no problems, no concerns, and so it would be our recommendation to allow that annexation to move forward.”

  • Paving under way in Colorado Boulevard reconstruction

    Contractors began paving portions of Colorado Boulevard this week in what Idaho Springs officials are calling a milestone for the reconstruction project.

    “They are starting at Riverside Drive, and they’ll be paving the first couple of blocks where they’ve put in the curb, gutter and sidewalk,” City Administrator Andy Marsh said. “That’s an exciting benchmark.”

    Marsh said the surface wouldn’t be the final top coat, but it would provide a smoother ride until the project is finished.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS GOLF
    Tenney, Urbas lead EHS to Jeffco win at Bear Creek
    DENVER — Evergreen’s boys’ golf team not only was the best team in 4A Jeffco it was the best in all of Jeffco on Aug. 29 during the 5A/4A Jeffco League tournament at Bear Creek Golf Club.

  • 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.

  • Adams hired as executive director of Idaho Springs chamber

    Longtime Idaho Springs public servant Phyllis Adams has been hired as executive director of the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce.

    Adams, who served as a city council member and city administrator, was appointed earlier this month and is the first chamber director since 2012. She hopes to rejuvenate the organization and help the chamber board refocus its goals for the city.

    “I had the time and the knowledge and hopefully the skills that will help them,” Adams said.

  • Wheelock determined to take on county’s challenges

    County commission candidate Randy Wheelock says the county needs a strong advocate in dealing with future Interstate 70 expansion and a future without the Henderson Mine.

    The Empire resident, general contractor, former elected official and longtime leader of the Clear Creek Democrats is running for the District 3 commission seat in the Nov. 8 election. District 3 incorporates the west end of the county, including Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume.