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Today's News

  • Castillo, Diggers handle Jefferson

     By Craig Harper

    For the Courant

    It’s not a coincidence that Eric Castillo was Clear Creek’s starting pitcher in its first two 3A Frontier League games.

    “He’s our ace,” head coach Shane Ball said of the junior right-hander. “We try to use him in the league games as much as we can.”

  • Frontier League All-Star games bring out the league’s best

    WESTMINSTER — It started as a boys basketball game and ended up a track meet.

    A lot of all-star games do that. The 10th annual Frontier League All-Star Game on March 22 at The Academy was no different. But this one had a little different flavor as opposed to its predecessors.

  • Tunnels’ new name honors vets

    The Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs on Interstate 70 have officially been renamed the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.

    The Colorado House of Representatives unanimously approved the name change on March 21, after the Senate had given unanimous approval several weeks ago.

  • GOP without candidates for sheriff, commission seat

    For the first time in 20 years, Clear Creek Republicans do not have a candidate for sheriff. 

    In addition, no GOP candidates came forward for the District 1 county commission seat held by Democrat Tim Mauck, who is seeking re-election.

    Adam Ochs, the county Republican chairman, said he didn’t have a comment about the March 22 county assembly’s lack of candidates.

  • Bids for rec center renovation 28% over budget

    Bids to renovate the recreation center in Idaho Springs are nearly $2 million over budget, which will require modifying the design to bring the cost back to $7 million.

    Recreation district director Dane Matthew said this snag will push the start of construction from May until later this summer. The project is expected to take about 10 months.

  • Work begins next week to widen westbound tunnel

    Major construction begins next week to create a third westbound bore in the Veterans Memorial Tunnels — formerly known as the Twin Tunnels — on Interstate 70, though once the extra lane is completed, it won’t be open to commuters for several years.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will close the third lane in the westbound bore until it has the funding to create additional lanes leading up to and out of the westbound tunnel, and that could take five to 10 years, according to Benjamin Acimovic, CDOT’s tunnel project coordinator.

  • Never too prepared

    Homeowner Lucy Schubert opened her front door Sunday morning to Clear Creek County Deputy Jon Walker, who told her to evacuate her home because of a fast-moving wildfire nearby.

    Luckily, the “evacuation” in the Brook Hollow neighborhood was part of an all-day wildland fire training exercise and not the real thing. The Evergreen Fire Protection District and the Clear Creek Fire Authority co-hosted the exercise for about 100 firefighters in an area just south of Interstate 70 near Floyd Hill.

  • G-town resident running for state House

    Georgetown resident Michael Hocevar announced his plans to run for House District 13 on March 22 during the Republican county assembly.

    Hocevar recently filed with the Colorado secretary of state for his bid, and if finalized during the Republican state assembly on April 12, he will square off against Democratic Rep. KC Becker. The general election is Nov. 4.

  • Bids for rec center renovation 28% over budget

    Bids to renovate the recreation center in Idaho Springs are nearly $2 million over budget, which will require modifying the design to bring the cost back to $7 million.

    Recreation district director Dane Matthew said this snag will push the start of construction from May until later this summer. The project is expected to take about 10 months.

  • CDOT should communicate better

     What’s more fun than a creepy, chilling, scary flick? Living through a creepy, chilling, scary real-life experience, of course. 

    It has finally arrived: “Nightmare on I-70: The Sequel.” There’s no need to search for a comfy seat away from chatty, popcorn-munching theater patrons. You can experience it all in the comfort of your vehicle, sitting bumper-to-bumper with hundreds of your closest friends, inching along inhaling noxious, cancer-inducing fumes.