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Today's News

  • Revitalized Morton conquers Mt. Evans

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Life on the fast track isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Lachlan Morton, who from 2012-14 was a rising star on the prestigious Garmin-Sharp cycling development team based in Boulder.

  • CDOT installs avalanche mitigation at Seven Sisters, Berthoud

    Colorado Department of Transportation crews recently installed the Gazex avalanche mitigation system on the top of Seven Sisters near Loveland Ski area.

    With the help of helicopters and llamas, work crews transported nearly a million dollars’ worth of equipment, which consisted of  four shelters and 11 exploders, to the area.

    CDOT crews are also preparing to install two shelters and five exploders costing $655,755 at the Stanley Slide on Berthoud Pass.

    Avalanches have closed U.S. 40 several times in past years.

  • Empire residents experiencing brownish water during filter upgrade

    Empire residents have experienced brownish water coming from their water pipes for several weeks as the town fixes a broken pump and upgrades its filtration system.

    Some residents have expressed frustration because they don’t know when the off-color tap water will return to normal. A notice sent to residents said the water is safe to drink and is being monitored regularly.

    Mayor Wendy Koch stressed that the water is not unhealthy nor does it have bacteria, but the town has increased the amount of chlorine in it as a precaution.

  • Alpine Rescue Team has a busy week in Clear Creek

    The Alpine Rescue Team has had a busy week.

    Sunday evening, members of the volunteer rescue group reached a woman with a broken ankle on the remote Goose Creek Trail, which is accessed from Pine. Rescuers carried the woman 4 1/2 miles to the Goose Creek trailhead.

  • Commissioner Buckland resigns as board chair over school funding issue

    County Commissioner Phil Buckland resigned unexpectedly as board chair Tuesday after failing to convince his two fellow commissioners to support him on a school district funding issue.

    County commissioners decide what percent of money from U.S. Forest Service receipts goes to Clear Creek School District every year. By law, 25 percent of Forest Service receipts goes to the county road and bridge department, 25 percent to the school district and 50 percent is discretionary.

  • Echo Mountain to open to the public this winter

    Officials plan to open the currently private ski area on Squaw Pass Road to the public on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club to practice since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Echo Mountain will again become public ski area

    Echo Mountain Resort is planning to open as a public ski area on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Reporter hoofs it in Springs' annual burro race

    For 5 miles I ran through mud and a torrential downpour in my work clothes, one white-knuckled hand gripping the lead rope for a burro named Jack.

    It was a Monday evening, and I was in training for the 14th annual burro race in Idaho Springs, and it was my third burro racing class at Bill Lee's ranch southwest of town.

    Saying it was challenging was like saying the sun is hot. But as Captain Kirk once blithely informed Mr. Spock of his reason for doing something extremely difficult: "Because it's there."

  • Charges dropped in Dolezal sex assault case

    Sex assault charges have been dropped against former Clear Creek County resident Joshua Dolezal just weeks before he was scheduled to go on trial.

    Dolezal is reportedly the brother of Rachel Dolezal, who was thrust into the national spotlight in June related to her resignation as an NAACP chapter president in Washington state. Rachel Dolezal's resignation came after her estranged parents revealed she was a white woman pretending to be black.

  • County to purchase new security camera system

    A new $39,600 security camera system has been approved to replace the county's current security system, which is failing, according to Capt. Jeff Smith, who oversees the Clear Creek County jail.

    The current security camera system does not store more than one week of footage, said Sheriff Rick Albers. Video quality is poor, Albers said.

    Jail life can be "interesting," "scary" and "disgusting," Smith said. The newly approved camera system has additional features to help jail personnel control the images, he said.