Today's News

  • Springs rounds up ideas for roundabout

    A waterwheel, mine cart and statues are among the ideas Idaho Springs officials are considering as decorations for the roundabout on the east end of Colorado Boulevard.

    Whatever the design is, city officials must make sure the art doesn’t distract drivers, several city council members stressed at an Aug. 15 work session.

    “You need to be able to see underneath this thing,” council member Kate Collier said, adding that the city needs to consider a test-run on some of the items to see if drivers become distracted.

  • K-Goat moves to Historic District

    KYGT-FM moved into the Majestic Building at 1630 Miner St. this week.

    The nonprofit radio station, formerly located in a historic cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs, had to move by March 1, 2017, to make room for the expansion of Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park. It decided to move early because the space was available in the Majestic Building.

  • County jail inmates on the trail of community service

    Residents and visitors may spot “chain gangs” working to clean up and repair trails throughout Clear Creek County.

    On Sunday, a handful of the county jail’s occupants gathered under the close supervision of deputies to work on the Silver Creek Trail, which goes from Saxon Mountain in Georgetown to Dumont and runs parallel to Interstate 70.

  • Clear Creek proposing excise tax on pot businesses

    Clear Creek County will ask voters to approve a 5 percent-per-sale excise tax on marijuana in the Nov. 8 election.

    The ballot question will ask if the county can collect an excise tax on wholesales sales at dispensaries, businesses that sell only edibles or at growing facilities.

    Officials hope residents approve the ballot question so the county can help offset the declining property-tax revenues from the expected closure of the Henderson Mine in the next several years.

  • Diggers' cross country team continues to build off of youth movement

    Coach Jeff Miller could’ve looked at how the tank was somewhat depleted in 2015, and it was. 

    After all, Brandon Swenson, the favorite to be Clear Creek’s top male cross country runner a season ago, transferred to nearby Evergreen High and finished seventh in the 4A state meet.

    But the tank “didn’t go dry by any stretch of the imagination,” Miller noted. That is evident by who the Golddiggers have coming back in 2016.

  • Lady Diggers look to rebound from year of seasoning

    It would be easy to look back on the 2015 volleyball season as a rebuilding one for Clear Creek High School. 

    After all, the Lady Golddiggers not only had their first losing season in more than a decade but also the first in the four-year tenure of head coach Karin Thomsen.

  • Rich back in the game for Diggers

    Jonah Rich doesn’t have much recollection of the game itself. It may have been against Jefferson High, but that’s not for certain. It was a JV football game. He recalls that.

    He was just a freshman and a quarterback, at the time, for Clear Creek High. Then he got his bell rung — a midseason concussion that did more than just knock him out of this game. It temporarily, at least to his coaches, sidetracked his high school football career.

  • Migrating nighthawks fill the evening air

    (Reprinted from Aug. 22, 2012)

    There is a small order of birds known as goatsuckers. The scientific name is the Caprimulgiformes, which comes from the Latin Caprimulgus, a milker of goats and forma or form.

    This name comes from the old belief that these birds, which are often seen in low sweeping flight over meadows, were sucking the milk out of goats. There are not as many species in this order as there are in some other orders such as finches and warblers.

  • Back-to-school night filled with excitement, anticipation

    The gymnasium at Carlson Elementary School was in all likelihood the loudest place in Clear Creek County last Thursday as families greeted one another, teachers and staff during back-to-school night.

    An early-evening storm brought the event inside, and excitement was in the air in anticipation of the first day of school on Monday.

    “Isn’t this great?” principal Marcia Jochim said, gesturing at the chaos.

  • New owner of Empire School plans gas station, convenience store

    The new owner of the former Empire School wants to retrofit the building for a gas station and convenience store by the end of the year.

    Owner Joseph Shunta is waiting to get estimates on costs and time frames for the project, hoping the business will be open in four months, and he’s excited to cater to Empire residents and tourists traveling through the town.

    Shunta, a Texas businessman who owns other property in Empire, bought the building and land from the Clear Creek School District for $300,000.