Today's News

  • CDOT plans telephone town hall to update residents on I-70 construction

    State transportation officials plan to hold a “telephone town hall” — possibly Oct. 15 — to tell residents what’s planned for the Interstate 70 mountain corridor this winter.
    Toll lane construction between Empire and Idaho Springs on the eastbound side of the highway, and the scheduled Christmas completion date at the Veterans Memorial Tunnels (formerly the Twin Tunnels) are two major topics to be discussed, said Emily Wilfong, a transportation spokeswoman.

  • Two names become one

    Idaho Springs officials have found a compromise on the name of the new park surrounding the Carnegie Library by honoring two women instrumental in bringing the library here.
    During a Sept. 15 work session, the city council agreed to name the property Plummer Robbins Park in honor of the Plummer family, who donated the land and helped bring the library to town, and Margaret Robbins, the first librarian.

  • King-Murphy students learn 3 numbers, 3 letters for emergencies

    It’s never too early to learn about keeping safe.
    On Sept. 10, King-Murphy Elementary School students practiced calling 911 in an emergency, and the older students practiced CPR.
    District nurse Mary Cain, with volunteers from the Denver School of Nursing and the Clear Creek health department, conducted the sessions in conjunction with state-mandated hearing and vision screenings.
    Cain gave all the kids an assignment for the next week: Memorize their phone numbers and addresses, so if they need to call 911, they know pertinent information.

  • Gardner is a political chameleon

    Ploy. Ruse. Each, particularly when advanced by a public servant, indicates conniving underhandedness unworthy of serious consideration and provides the observer insight into the true character of the individual.

    Describe it as one will, the latest proposal put forth by Senate candidate Cory Gardner to allow over-the-counter birth-control pills is hardly an expression of genuine concern for women’s health and for protection of their right to privacy by controlling their reproductive systems.

  • Honoring the fallen


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    The sound of gunfire and the roar of propellers were worlds and years away from a group that gathered last Friday to pay tribute to 1st Lt. Bobbie Alfred Goodwin.

  • County hopes a medical office will open within the next year

    County officials are optimistic a medical office will move into the community sometime next year. 

    Commissioner Tim Mauck said the county attorney and Health and Human Services director are creating a request for proposals that will be given to several interested health care providers.

    Mauck said the RFP’s goal is to detail the future partnership between the county and the health care organization.

  • Highway 6’s Tunnel 4 could be used to test for fire suppression

    Or test organizers may decide to build a tunnel “mockup” somewhere in Denver to test the sprinkler system, said Steve Harelson, a state transportation project engineer.

    State transportation officials realized they may not have an adequate water supply to use the so-called “Tunnel 4” on Highway 6 for the test, Harrelson said. That tunnel is used for storage. (Please see related story.)

  • Sports briefs

    Diggers’ Swenson places third at Middle Park Invite
    TABERNASH — Clear Creek sophomore Brandon Swenson finished in a time of 20 minutes, 21.9 seconds to place third at the Middle Park Invitational on Sept. 20 at Snow Mountain Ranch.

    He was one of three Golddiggers to finish in the top 15 of the 60-runner boys race. Senior teammate Liam McDonough was ninth in 21:34.8, while junior Jimmy Conway took 15th in 22:40.1.

  • Huskies jump on Diggers early, often

    BAILEY — The ball rolled in front of Platte Canyon senior Gary Rhoads. He picked it up, and listening to his coaches, he took off straight. But then he saw a cutback opening down the right sideline, and he was off to the races.

  • Authorities investigating possible illegal pot-growing operation

    State and local authorities are investigating tips of an illegal pot-growing operation in a Clear Creek County neighborhood.

    Since it’s an ongoing investigation, specific details about the neighborhood are not being released, said Maj. Rick Albers, a spokesman for the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.