Today's News

  • Giving and receiving warm hearts at Santa Shop

    The annual Santa Shop helped deliver thousands of presents to more than 230 area children this holiday season.

    The shop, which was hosted Friday and Saturday at the Elks Lodge, offered area families in need an opportunity to select presents for their children, and for the kids to get gifts for their families. The gifts and funds were donated by individuals, families, organizations and businesses in Clear Creek County.

  • Springs council OKs 15 percent increase in water, sewer rates

    Idaho Springs wants to increase water and sewer rates by 15 percent in 2017 — which would represent the first boost in six years.

    The city council approved the rate hike on first reading Dec. 12. A town hall meeting for the public to discuss the increase with city officials before the final vote is slated for 6 p.m. Jan. 5. The council is expected to take a final vote Jan. 9; if approved, the increases would take effect March 1.

  • City to create three new positions in 2017

    Three new employee positions and several large projects highlight Idaho Springs’ 2017 budget.

    The city wants to hire a police officer, a seasonal code enforcement officer and a half-time administrative clerk. Also in the budget is money to rebuild part of Soda Creek Road and make improvements to the sewer plant.

  • Judge retains most bond restrictions for suspect in slaying

    After objections from a deputy district attorney, a judge agreed to modify only one of several bond restrictions for the suspect in last April's slaying of 44-year-old Eric Spencer of Idaho Springs.

    On Dec. 12, Chief District Judge Wayne Patton gave the officer in charge of overseeing the bail release of Colton Davison, 22, discretion to decide whether Davison could leave the area on a case-by-case basis.

  • Avalanche danger high in Clear Creek Snowfall patterns, high winds spur warning

    Recent windy conditions and snowfall patterns have created high avalanche danger in Clear Creek County.

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center considers Clear Creek to have a considerable threat level, so "cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making (is) essential," according to the center’s website.

    Over the last week, the center reported 22 human-triggered avalanches in the state, in which 14 people were caught and four buried. No one was seriously injured.

  • Springs might seek tax hike for parking garage

    The city of Idaho Springs might consider asking voters for a tax increase next November to fund a much-discussed parking garage downtown.

    "A ballot question is under consideration," said City Administrator Andy Marsh. "Certainly one of the options for funding (a parking garage) is to go to the voters and ask whether (they) want to support bonds or support a designated tax."

    The city is working with a consultant on a conceptual design for the garage, which will identify what costs might be involved with various plans.

  • 2016-17 skiing capsule preview

    Head coach: Conradt Fredell
    Assistant coach: Brian Inman

  • Short-handed Diggers struggle at Sheridan tourney

    Daniel Mathew scored Clear Creek’s lone win with a disqualification victory over Eaglecrest’s Jimmie McLelland at 132 pounds at the 13th annual Sheridan Tournament on Dec. 17.

    The Golddiggers, with just three wrestlers in the field, finished with just two points among the 13 teams in the field. Florence won the team title with 159.5 points. Only Gilpin County had fewer wrestlers in the tournament with two.

  • Diggers feeling all right after fourth straight win

    By Tyler Jordan
    For the Courant

    Despite both Clear Creek and West Grand coming into their Dec. 16 game with identical 3-2 records, the Golddiggers had to feel good about their chances behind a sizable turnout at CCHS, a three-game winning streak and with WGHS having dropped its previous game a day earlier to Middle Park.

    That feeling would be proven true following a 73-63 Clear Creek victory.

  • Hour of Code is time well spent for fourth-graders

    If there’s one thing the Hour of Code has taught fourth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary, it’s the W.E. Hickson adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

    The fourth-graders spent time in the school’s computer lab recently learning about computer science and programming.

    “I think I have to figure out how to do this,” student Tucker Langelier mused during a coding lesson. Minutes later he exclaimed: “I figured out what I messed up!”