Today's News

  • Springs voters approve 1-cent boost in sales tax

    Idaho Springs voters overwhelmingly approved a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax, which officials hope to use for road maintenance.

    According to unofficial results from Tuesday's election, 61 percent of voters were in favor the tax hike.

  • A big(horn) time coming to Georgetown

    It's the time of year when bighorn sheep flock to the hills above Georgetown to begin their ram-centric, horn-clashing spectacle.

    For the ninth year, locals, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts will come to Clear Creek to try to catch a glimpse of the biggest bighorn sheep herd in the state during the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival on Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Schools implementing changes in assessment, curriculum

    The Clear Creek School District is undergoing a host of changes this school year involving curriculum alignment, student assessment and educator evaluations.

  • All systems go...


    Xavi Vedoya, 4, launches a pumpkin with the help of his parents, Tara and Gonzalo Vedoya, during the sixth annual Pumpkin Smash Festival at the Idaho Springs Ballfield Complex on Saturday. The local nonprofit Scraps-to-Soil hosts the event, which provides an educational component about recycling and composting during the day of frenzied pumpkin destruction.

  • Springs to hire code ‘compliance’ officer

    The city of Idaho Springs will hire a person to enforce city codes with a new title and new job duties, and the employee will report to the city administrator rather than the police chief.
    The new position will be called a code compliance officer rather than code enforcement officer. The officer will give out parking and code-violation warnings and tickets. City officials are still working out the final job description but hope to hire someone who can start in January.

  • County scrutinizing sheriff’s department overtime costs

    Incoming sheriff Rick Albers is looking into costs related to traffic control contracts on Interstate 70 at the request of Clear Creek’s county commissioners.
    Sheriff’s deputies make $50 per hour in overtime pay to handle traffic control services near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels during construction, according to Albers. Under current Sheriff’s Office contracts, the county is reimbursed $55 to $65 per hour by the state transportation department, Albers said.

  • Cougars rally past D’Evelyn, win league title

    By Michael Hicks
    Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — After the regular season that the Evergreen Cougars just had, it would be easy to be content. But this team, this year, is not satisfied. In Evergreen’s mind, the season is just starting. More importantly, it’s a new season — playoff season. The past 10 weeks have been just a warm-up.

  • Cougars struggle, place 5th at state

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    THORNTON — Evergreen became this year’s Murphy’s Law poster child for high school gymnastics in Colorado.

    “We just had a rough season,” second-year coach Chancey Hines said after the Lady Cougars, who won the 2011 title in 4A, finished fifth out of six teams at the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 state meet at Thornton High School.

  • Family bonding

    It’s rare for David Schuessler to ask either of his two young sons, Seattle, 11, or Zephyr, 6, to shoot baskets or to play catch when they’re at home. Usually, it’s the other way around. But for the 49-year-old athletic director at Clear Creek High School and Middle School and long-time basketball coach, that’s what makes it so much more enjoyable.

  • Alliance with Pro Challenge considered for Triple Bypass

    Organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride might partner with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race soon to help the well-known local event grow, according to its director.

    Pro Cycling officials contacted Triple Bypass organizers recently to offer marketing, promotion and potential sponsorship help, said Peter Morales, president of the board of directors for Team Evergreen, the nonprofit group that has run the Triple Bypass for 26 years.