Today's News

  • Diggers rusty in return from spring break

    Dalton Dziedzic jokingly said that he hopes that Clear Creek ace Eric Castillo does so well once the Golddiggers get back to league play that the team won’t have to rely on their No. 2 pitcher too much. But it’s games like the non-conference tilt with Estes Park on March 29 where Dziedzic gets a chance to work on his pitching, so when his name is called against league foes, he’ll be ready.

    There’s still some fine-tuning to do.

  • A change of scenery

    The views from Silver Lake Lodge are simply breathtaking.

    The snow-covered mountains and valleys seen from the lodge, which is St. Mary’s Glacier’s new bed-and-breakfast, harken to a more rugged time.

    Conversely, inside the lodge is the epitome of comfort: lavish furnishings, comfortable rooms, gourmet food, crackling fires, friendly Kona the golden retriever — and no televisions in the rooms.

    That’s the whole idea.

  • Politics should not dictate views

    There is nothing wrong with changing one’s mind, especially when confronted with new information. In fact, it’s a virtue; intellectual honesty requires it.

    Long-entrenched thinking takes time to “evolve,” as Presidents Obama’s has on same-sex marriage. On that, he’s far from alone; millions of Americans have moved to support the principle, a vast change from homophobic days when a mad rush cluttered state constitutions with amendments defining marriage as between opposite-sex couples.

  • Bluebirds make colorful spring spectacle

     How I love these fine spring days. It is such a joy to be outdoors, to feel the warmth of the sun and to hear the song of the birds.

    On Tuesday, March 25, I stepped out onto the patio to be greeted with flashes of blue. Having taken my binoculars with me, I soon determined that the flashes of blue were three male mountain bluebirds, the first to arrive in my yard this year.

  • Currents

     April 1-30

    Free oral cancer screenings will be provided in April by Dr. David Drescher to Idaho Springs residents during Oral Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, call 303-567-4412.


    April 4

  • Empire uncertain if it will replace police chief

    Empire is taking a wait-and-see approach to deciding whether to hire a new chief of police.

    The town currently is saving the equivalent of $80,000 a year by not replacing former police chief John Castrodale, who left in January to work for the Idaho Springs Police Department in its No. 2 position.

  • Residents urged to be aware of flood danger

    The county is urging residents to be aware of flooding danger after a recent high-water warning from the Lookout Mountain Water District.

    Snowpack is up 135 percent over last year, according to a letter to the county from Donald Ranta president of the water district’s board of directors.

    Additionally, the district’s two reservoirs, Upper Beaver Brook and Lower Beaver Brook, have remained full and overflowing since last September. 

    The ground in the area is also heavily saturated after last year’s flooding.

  • A matter of principal

    Clear Creek High senior Cody Hill has learned that being a school principal isn’t as easy as some might think.

    Cody was principal for a day on March 21, and he attended meetings, helped select songs the school choir will sing at graduation, distributed treats to teachers, and recognized students on the honor roll.

    “It’s been different; that’s for sure,” Cody said about halfway through his day as principal. “I like to see what they do. It takes a lot of leadership and decision-making.”

  • Two workers injured when avalanche-mitigation cannon explodes

    Two state employees were injured Monday morning when a cannon used for avalanche mitigation exploded near Loveland Pass.

    A 20-year veteran of the Colorado Department of Transportation was in serious condition, and an employee of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center was in fair condition, according to CDOT spokesperson Crystal Morgan. Both were transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

  • Talbot, CCHS work OT to avoid upset

    DENVER — Rachelle Talbot is being looked upon to be one of the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers’ offensive leaders in 2014. As the top returning scorer from a season ago, the senior captain has to be.

    “She, right now, is kind of the motor that makes our offense go,” Clear Creek head coach Ben Potter said.