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Today's News

  • Fire destroys home in Clear Creek subdivision

    Fire destroyed a house in the Blue Valley subdivision in eastern Clear Creek County on March 31 after the home's residents were forced to evacuate.

    No injuries occurred in the blaze at 101 Bluebell Lane, which was reported about 2:15 p.m. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters from the Clear Creek Fire Authority and Evergreen Fire/Rescue arrived, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Tennessee doctor abandons plan for clinic in Springs

    The former Idaho Springs Lumber Co. is back on the market, after a Tennessee doctor decided not to put a health care clinic there after all.

    The 1-acre property at 1965 Miner St. is listed for $539,000 with ReMax Mountain Realty. Tennessee doctor Toby Hampton said a year ago that he bought the property for $450,000.

    At the time, Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in the next 18 months. He operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee.

  • Tommyknocker goes international

    What do Idaho Springs and Helsinki  have in common?

    Both now have Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub-branded brewpubs drawing customers.

    The Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar opened in recent weeks at Iso Roobertinkatu 13 in a trendy neighborhood near downtown Helsinki. Steve Indrehus, the brewmaster at the Idaho Springs brewpub, flew to Finland with his wife, Maria, to help oversee the opening. The Beer Bar also serves appetizers.

  • Depleted Diggers let lead slip away

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    The Clear Creek girls soccer team hopes its 3-0 start wasn’t fool’s gold.

    Playing without two starters, the Lady Golddiggers suffered their first loss as 3A Sheridan scored two minutes apart in the final 6 minutes, 9 seconds — the first goal on a free kick from just outside the penalty area after a hand-ball call — for a 4-3 victory at CCHS on March 21.

  • Messages for those involved with I-70

    The results are in: The Rail to Vail is a success!

    Well, OK, there’s no train through the Interstate 70 corridor providing rapid transit for Summit and Eagle county snow riders, but there were two from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park on March 14 and 15, and they sold out in hours.

    Skiers and boarders, as well as those who wanted to visit the area for just fun, were elated. No doubt some rode the train for nostalgic and “to-be-cool” reasons, but others appreciated the alternative to the never-to-be-ending I-70 morass.

  • Slow start spells Diggers’ downfall

    One wouldn’t have known it looking at the scoreboard — a 19-9 loss to Lutheran — but the Clear Creek Golddiggers’ boys lacrosse team was enthralled by the way it played, particularly over the final three quarters on March 19. However, the first 14 minutes of CCHS’ home opener left a lot to be desired.

    To say that the Golddiggers came out a little less than on fire would be an understatement. Lutheran scored the game’s first nine goals — a deficit that was more than Clear Creek could handle.

  • Fire Authority to select evaluator this week

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority’s board of directors will select an outside firm to evaluate the organization this week in the wake of recent internal friction.

    The fire board met with three contractors last week and reviewed bids and proposals from Colorado-based Emergency Services Consulting International; California-based Matrix Consulting Group; and Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Safety Management.

    The evaluation is expected begin April 8 and be completed on June 23, with a cost of between $10,000 and $20,000.

  • Restaurant inspections to be posted on county website

    Restaurant patrons in Clear Creek County will be able to go online to check health inspections of their favorite eateries, starting July 1.

    Clear Creek public health officials plan to post restaurant inspections on the county website — http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/ — starting on that date, Charlotte Hampson, lead environmental health specialist in Clear Creek County, told the county commissioners at a recent meeting.

  • Support building for workforce housing

    Loaves and Fishes, a faith-based nonprofit in Idaho Springs, is one group interested in creating “workforce housing” for river rafters and ski area workers, among others.

    Abby Moles, a Loaves and Fishes representative, and other Clear Creek residents have attended two housing advisory group meetings. The advisory group is expected to discuss how to potentially use available government funding to build housing.

  • Skeen unopposed in bid for G-town mayor

    Longtime Georgetown resident Matt Skeen is running unopposed for mayor in the town's April 6 election. Current Mayor Craig Abrahamson has decided not to run for a second term.

    Also up for election on the town board are incumbents Henry Ehrgott in Ward 1 and Lynette Kelsey in Ward 2, who are running unopposed. Jon Jennings, who was appointed to Ward 2, is also running unopposed in this election.