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Today's News

  • Spring beauties signal season’s awakening

    (Reprinted from May 19, 2010)

    It is a lovely May morning. A half-inch of sugar snow covers the rapidly greening world like frosting on a cake. The sky is blue, the sun is out and the snow is already melting.

    Branches, twigs and leaves are dripping diamonds. It is a glorious sight to behold, refreshing to smell the damp earth and exhilarating to hear the spring medley of migrating birds at the feeder and the burbling music of Little Cub Creek in the valley below.

  • Condon focuses on eco-development in county commission campaign

    County commission candidate Cindy Condon said she wants to encourage economic development and bring fiscal responsibility to the county.

    The Silver Plume resident, a former Idaho Springs city administrator and chair of the Clear Creek County Republicans, is running for the District 3 commissioner seat.

    “I have a proven track record for balancing budgets and bridging revenue shortfalls. I think that’s important,” Condon said. “I am a longtime resident, and I have a commitment to this community.”

  • Picture-perfect attendance

    Clear Creek High School senior Austin Hill attended school every day of his high school career — all 664 days — and he now has a flat-screen television to show for it.

    Austin, 18, was the last honoree at the school’s awards ceremony May 11 for his accomplishment, and school officials don’t remember the last time a student reached this milestone.

    Austin’s 32-inch television comes courtesy of the Evergreen Walmart, which donated the TV at the request of Beau Campbell, the school’s resource officer.

  • Quick playoff exit for Golddiggers

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    BROOMFIELD — Rather than dwell on a pair of season-ending blowout losses — capped by a 10-0 struggle against Cornerstone Christian Academy in the first round of the Class 2A girls soccer state tournament May 10 — a young Clear Creek team and its first-year coach Dan Winkler chose to accentuate the positive.

  • Event planned to honor Vietnam era veterans

    The Clear Creek Veterans Coalition is hosting an event honoring Vietnam era veterans at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs.

    The event, in collaboration with and sanctioned by the Department of Defense, is designed to recognize, thank and honor veterans who served during the Vietnam War from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.

    Veterans, their families and Clear Creek and Gilpin county residents are invited to attend. Veterans, whether they served abroad or at home, will be presented with an official pin recognizing their service.

  • Clear Creek set to deploy 'The Beast'

    The Beast is giant and green, can eat just about anything, and resides at the back of the Clear Creek County Transfer Station.

    The county's new grinder/wood chipper/shredder arrived last week and cost nearly $400,000, paid for by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and a 50 percent match from the county.

    Rob Hamilton, county public works director, said the machine can grind up everything from trees to shingles and concrete.

  • County acquires four new voting machines for November election

    Clear Creek County has received four new voting machines in time for the November election.

    The county is joining 19 other Colorado counties this year in purchasing the Dominion Voting Systems Democracy Suite ImageCast. The system, which looks like a large mobile tablet, was bought through an eight-year lease for $24,000 a year.

    County Clerk Pam Phipps said only four were purchased because the county’s voters largely choose to use mail-in ballots, but some still prefer voting in person.

  • On board, and on a mission

    When Timothy Homack was 7 years old, he had a feeling that someday he would operate trains for a living.

    “I know it’s weird, but I had this vibe. It was just like, ‘You’re going to run trains when you get older,’” he said, remembering the time he and his family visited a park in Arizona that showcased a decommissioned engine.

    “And I’m like, ‘These things are out of date. They’re dinosaurs,’ ”

    Homack remembers thinking. “I didn’t think much of it.”

  • Quick Hits

    Golddiggers grab some wins

    Clear Creek’s baseball finished up the regular season winning two of four Class 3A Frontier League games to finish seventh in the conference standings. The Golddiggers (4-9 record, 4-6 in league) edged Arrupe Jesuit 8-7 on May 4 and handed Bruce Randolph an 11-7 loss May 5 for the first back-to-back wins all season for Clear Creek. Middle Park and rival Platte Canyon defeated Clear Creek on May 6 and 9 before the start of the 2A district tournament May 10, after press deadline.

  • Playoff bound Golddiggers

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — The final score was about the last thing on Dan Winkler’s mind as Clear Creek’s girls soccer team took the pitch for its regular-season home finale against The Academy on May 5.