Today's News

  • Commissioners reject plan to allow ATV use on North Empire Road

    Numerous residents spoke out Tuesday against a plan to make it legal to drive all-terrain vehicles on a 3-mile segment of county road near Empire, and the county commissioners voted 2-1 to derail the proposal.

    Commissioners Tom Hayden and Tim Mauck voted against Ordinance 13, which would have made it legal for all-terrain vehicles to drive on North Empire Road. Commissioner Phil Buckland voted in favor, saying the all-terrain-vehicle management issue is not going away.

  • County planning $100,000 land-use study

    A land-use plan for the county — Clear Creek County Master Plan 2030 Update — is expected to get a $100,000 facelift.

    SE Group, a community development company with offices in Frisco and other mountain resort towns, has been chosen to help the county update its comprehensive plan on land use, according to Keith Montag, county manager. At the same time, workers at SE Group will help the county address related community topics such as housing, transportation and the economy, said Joyce Allgaier, project manager.

  • Goldfinches shy away from feeders, foraging for themselves

    Many years ago, I saw my first lesser goldfinch in a yard in Idledale. When I first saw this little yellow-and-black bird, it was acting like a new warbler. That’s what I thought it was.

    I could not find any warbler that looked like it, and then noticed its thick finch-like beak. This sent me to the yellow finches, and there it was among the many goldfinches that occur here: the lesser black-backed goldfinch.

  • Preliminary hearing delayed in hatchet attack

    The preliminary hearing for Leland Kintzele, the man accused of attacking his wife in May with a hatchet and knife, has been rescheduled for Sept. 30 to give his public defender more time to review the case against him.

    Kintzele’s public defender, Stacy Shobe, asked Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez for the extension on Aug. 26. Kintzele appeared relaxed as he went before the judge and smiled at someone in the courtroom gallery.

  • Idaho Springs council approves move of Mountain Medicinals dispensary

    Mountain Medicinals marijuana dispensary will move to a new location across the street from Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs.

    Members of the Idaho Springs city council expressed some concern about marijuana odors negatively affecting neighbors in the new location but approved the move unanimously on Aug. 24. Council member Jason Siegel, who is general manager of the Kine Mine marijuana dispensary, recused himself from the vote.

  • Rafting companies enjoying banner year in Clear Creek

    Rafting season in Clear Creek County is on track this summer to be one of the best ever, company owners and industry officials say.

    Higher-than-average snowpack that kept water levels high into late July helped many rafting companies have a strong end-of-season, according to rafting industry officials. Some companies plan to operate for a few more weeks in Clear Creek County, while most have ended their seasons. Official numbers are expected from the Colorado River Outfitters Association in January.

  • In marching order

    A small army of marching groups, a battalion of vehicles, squadrons of mules and clowns, and thousands of bright-red fezzes gathered early Saturday morning on the north side of Idaho Springs.

  • Diggers embark on youth movement

    It’s an undeniable fact that head coach Karin Thomsen and the Clear Creek volleyball program will miss Anna Schwecke, Kaela Kalabany, Shay Johnson and Katie Vieweg.
    The four recent graduates were the core of the Lady Golddiggers’ varsity squad the past two seasons. But as Thomsen also notes, they left an indelible mark in a positive way on the younger players coming up the ranks.

  • O’Brien shines in debut at Holy Family Invite

    BROOMFIELD — Samantha O’Brien has a tendency to freak herself out, to overthink things. That can happen to a nervous sophomore running in her first-ever cross country meet and not knowing what to expect or how well she is or isn’t doing.

  • Defense, altered offense lift CCHS

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Comparatively speaking, Clear Creek’s Aug. 29 season opener against Byers at Golddiggers Stadium “felt really good” to Ty Judge, unlike the 2014 season as a whole.