Today's News

  • Students, community help construct house for Clear Creek teacher

    There’s a house under construction along Mountain Avenue in Empire. And, even though her family isn’t living there yet, the home is already a new start for Clear Creek teacher Karen Artemis and her three children.

    “What it’s given me, since the divorce, is starting over again,” Artemis said. “It’s giving me an opportunity to believe in myself — to be an independent on my own, raising my kids.”

  • Teachers request raises in 2018-19

    By Deb Hurley Brobst

    Staff Writer

    A request by several Clear Creek teachers has prompted the school board to look into whether the district can afford more salary compensation in the 2018-19 school year.

    Three teachers came to the school board meeting on May 15 —with letters signed by 21 of the district’s 57 teachers — asking for two things:

    • Cost-of-living increases for the next school year, and

  • Georgetown Community School carnival brings students, families together

    Lines of students quickly formed in front of the various attractions — a dunk tank, several bouncy castles and a bungee cord trampoline — and the fun commenced at Georgetown Community School’s inaugural carnival on May 17.

    Principal Doug Hesbol watched the controlled pandemonium with the look of a delighted conductor.

    “When I came here, I felt that the community maybe wasn’t as welcomed as it may have been in the past (years),” said Hesbol, who was hired in January.

  • Police planning to control Highway 103 camping

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is making plans to give extra attention to reports of rafting employees camping in their cars off of Highway 103.

    The issue was discussed after resident Marilyn Quigley shared her concern over the matter during the May 14 city council meeting.

    “It is problematic, and we want to put the burden on the outfitters, but they don’t have the property to accommodate their own people,” Police Chief Chris Malanka said.

  • CDOT adding Bustang stop times in Idaho Springs

    CDOT will add two additional stop times in Idaho Springs for its Bustang service beginning June 29 that will now go from Denver to Grand Junction.

    The new stops will arrive in the city tentatively scheduled for 4:14 p.m. going eastbound and 8:30 a.m. going westbound.

    Currently, Bustang stops in Idaho Springs at Idaho and 13th streets at 4:05 and 6:55 p.m. going westbound and 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. going eastbound.

  • Veterans coalition donates funds to first-responder wellness group

    The Clear Creek Veterans Coalition donated $1,500 to Foundation 1023, a nonprofit first responder support group.

    Foundation 1023 provides first responders with counseling and support, and creates ways to explain to communities the importance of mental wellness for first responders. It is operated in Texas and Colorado and was founded in honor of Kristin McLain, a flight nurse who died during a helicopter rescue mission in Texas in 2015. The number 1023 was both her badge number and is the first responder code indicating “arrived on scene.”

  • CCHS robotics team receives grant

    The Clear Creek High School robotics team received a $5,000 grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation to help it during the next competition season.

    The money will also be used to teach younger students about coding.

    “I am very excited at the new opportunities for this next season,” said Emma Sander, C2 Botz robotics team member and junior. “I feel that the grant money will open up new options for us to excel in competition and raise our engineering success.”

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from May 7-13

    • Tuesday, May 8 — Authorities reported to Trail Creek Road after a vehicle went off the road and ended up in the creek. Everybody in the vehicle got out on their own.

    • Tuesday, May 8 — Georgetown police arrived at the 1100 block of Argentine Street regarding a suspicious-activity call about a wildlife violation. An individual was contacted for reportedly maintaining several makeshift fishing poles under the bridge in violation of wildlife laws.

  • CCHS AP students create place settings, choose figures to join ‘The Dinner Party’

    Students in two Clear Creek High School classes had a dinner party recently at which there was no food. Instead, they explained why historical figures they chose should be invited to the table for dinner.

    So, it wasn’t really a dinner party: It was at 8:30 a.m., and while there wasn’t a meal, there was cake after the presentations.

    This was an exercise to get the students in the Advanced Placement U.S. history and the Advanced Placement language and composition classes to review for their exams and to practice persuasive speech.

  • Officers, citizens honored with annual Wohlers awards

    Citizens and police officers received recognition for their service to the Clear Creek community during the Lyle Wohlers Law Enforcement Officer and Citizen of the Year awards on May 9.

    The recognitions were given during a luncheon at the Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire. The award was created in 1987 by law enforcement leaders to honor an outstanding officer for Clear Creek County. In 1993, it was named in honor of State Patrolman Lyle F. Wohlers, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop.