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Today's News

  • Quality time

    Thomas Thibeault, 6, fishes with his father, Eric, at Echo Lake on Saturday. Warm temperatures have made the county’s lakes and streams popular places to visit in recent weeks.

  • Springs-Georgetown bus service planned

    A new Idaho Springs-Georgetown bus route may get rolling in January, after county officials recently received a $75,000 state grant for a new bus.

    Hundreds of people in Clear Creek County who can’t drive could be a target market for the new bus service, said John Bryan, a Clear Creek County spokesman. A private taxi service costs as much as $80 for a ride across the county, Bryan pointed out.

  • New Empire fire station will go out for bid

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority plans to build a 2,400-square-foot fire station on the north side of Empire this year.

    Fire Chief Kelly Babeon said he planned to put the project out to bid on Friday. The Fire Authority has set aside up to $1.6 million for the station, although Babeon said he expects the actual building to cost much less.

    While the future firehouse has not been assigned a street address yet, it will be on a vacant parcel of former federal Bureau of Land Management land next to U.S. 40 on the north side of Empire, Babeon said.

  • Canadian dies during Red Rocks Century bike ride

    A Canadian man died Saturday morning in Evergreen while riding in the Red Rocks Century bicycle ride.

    Bohdan Juzkiw, 66, apparently crashed near Little Cub Creek and Stanley Park roads during the ride, according to bystanders. He died from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s office.

    While witnesses initially thought the man had suffered a heart attack, the coroner’s office found otherwise.

  • Evergreen woman collapses, dies after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks

    A 59-year-old Evergreen woman collapsed and died Monday, Aug. 3, after hiking Grays and Torreys peaks.

    Linda Appleby died of a heart attack after climbing the two popular fourteeners, said her husband, Donald Appleby. The couple and their daughter Jessica, 32, were celebrating Donald Appleby's 60th birthday, he said. "Fourteeners" are peaks with summits higher than 14,000 feet above sea level.

  • Krause repeats at Mt. Falcon 15K

    By Craig Harper, For the Courant

    MORRISON — Her 9-year-old daughter’s soccer schedule prevents Lindsay Krause from fulfilling a full schedule of races. But Krause has managed to squeeze in the last two Mt. Falcon 15K runs — the third and middle leg of the Evergreen Trail Racing Series — and she’s made the most of both opportunities.

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway reopens

    Mountain visitors can rejoice — the road to the top of Mount Evans is finally open for summer drives.

    Not only did the road from Echo Lake to the top of the mountain reopen Aug. 4, but it's planned to stay open until the first substantial snowfall — probably in mid-October, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The road usually closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Prospector targets area near Santiago Mine

    Mine-claim owner Stephen Hilgers has filed plans to prospect for minerals near the Santiago Mill in an area near the historic ghost-town region of Waldorf south of Georgetown.

    Officials at the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety are reviewing the permit request, after a public comment period recently closed, said Michael Cunningham, an employee at the state agency. A 60-day review period generally ends with a decision to approve or deny a plan, although an applicant can request an extension, he said.

  • Clear Creek EMS legend dies

    Robert Marlin — a man called a "living legend among the emergency medical services community" in Clear Creek County — died on Saturday, Aug. 1.

    He was 63.

    Kelly Flenniken, Marlin's daughter, said her dad was very committed to the mountain community, from his work at the ambulance service and coaching daughter Cameron's Little League teams when she was younger, to volunteering on the Loveland Ski Area ski patrol. His grandchildren, Phoebe and Piper Flenniken, meant the world to him, she said.

  • Should it be all about getting results?

    It is tempting to write about the nut-case rhetoric spewing forth from Republican presidential candidates. For a writer, it is low-hanging fruit. I tried resisting, however …

    Like many others, I am past the shock level. Listening to them trying to out-demagogue one another is like watching a movie in which the F-word is used incessantly. After a while, the viewer no longer hears it, having become desensitized to its impact.