Today's News

  • Springs set to narrow field of administrator candidates

    The Idaho Springs city council plans to narrow the candidates for city administrator to five this week.

    The city will host a meet-and-greet with the top applicants on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.and conduct interviews on Oct. 3.

    After the interviews, the council will make an offer, interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams said. The selected candidate’s start date will depend on his or her schedule.

    The new city administrator will be paid between $68,000 and $88,400 annually.

  • Diggers get a rude awakening

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant
    IDAHO SPRINGS — It’s hard to imagine a team brandishing a positive attitude against an opponent that rolled it by 36 points the previous year. But with Clear Creek seeking the program’s first 3-0 start since 2007, coach Brian Inman sensed his Golddiggers entered the Sept. 11 homecoming game against Cornerstone Christian Academy in that frame of mind.

  • ‘A wonderful day’

    Moments after a raucous, patriotic-themed Clear Creek High School homecoming parade in Idaho Springs on Sept. 11, soldiers, police and state and local officials gathered near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to commemorate the project’s completion and renaming.

    The recently widened and renamed Veterans Memorial Tunnels on Interstate 70, formerly the Twin Tunnels, underwent the name change last year after local veterans took the plan to the state legislature.

  • Closure of Mount Evans Wildlife Area irks resident

    The Mount Evans State Wildlife Area is open to hunters and closed to all other recreational users through the end of October.

    Peter Jacobson, a nearby resident, is one recreational user who is unhappy about the seasonal closure. Jacobson says not much public notice was given before the popular area 10 miles west of Evergreen was closed the day after Labor Day. Signs were posted saying it will be closed until November.

  • Clear Creek High welcomes nine new teachers

    Clear Creek schools have begun the new year with energy and enthusiasm — and with several new teachers.

    Turnover among teachers in the district is nothing new, but at the high school this year turnover is unusually high, district officials said.

    At Clear Creek High School, nine of the school’s 18 teachers left in May for varying reasons: retirement, a spouse getting a different job farther from Clear Creek, a career change, jobs closer to home.

  • Plowing ahead

    Following are short profiles of area workers encountered doing their jobs around Clear Creek.

    Fred Nelson, snowplow driver for the Clear Creek County Road and Bridge Department

    If the road is clear of snow and ice the morning after a storm, thank Fred Nelson and the other snowplow drivers at the Clear Creek County Road and Bridge Department.

  • Many residents welcome possible shooting ban

    Most area residents seem to have a story about recreational shooting — even though most of them don't shoot.

    Mike Sowder and his wife dove for the ground when they heard bullets whizzing near their heads while walking near their home in the York Gulch area about a year and a half ago, he said. The couple's home is at the top of York Gulch near the border of Clear Creek and Gilpin counties.

  • New concrete wall in Argo Tunnel designed to prevent spills

    A new $920,000 concrete wall inside the Argo Tunnel above Idaho Springs will prevent spills of contaminated mine water, according to a project manager for the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

  • Co-op could make health care affordable

    The debate over health care comes down to an essential premise: Is it a right or a privilege? Then the practical: How should it be provided and paid for?

    A century-long effort to implement some sort of national health care system saw fruition with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which has survived constitutional scrutiny and been successful in achieving its goal of insuring tens of millions of previously uninsured. Since 2013, Colorado’s uninsured rate has decreased from 14.3 percent to 6.7 percent. That’s the good news.

  • Many varieties of wildflowers grace foothills landscape

    We have seen many wildflowers in a variety of colors all season. However, one of the earliest spring flowers are those of Mahonia repens. Also known as Oregon grape for its clusters of blue berries in fall. This species is a low-growing shrub that bears yellow flowers both early and prolifically.

    Other flowers come and go all season, usually with a big splash of blue gentians in July or August. Late August and early September, however, bring a vivid display of yellow flowers that are the last hurrah before snowflakes remove all color.