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Today's News

  • Clear Creek teacher connects with youth at 9/11 ceremony

    This year’s 9/11 commemoration in Idaho Springs was about connecting with kids.

    That’s because many of the children in schools today weren’t born when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and when passengers thwarted an attack on the Capitol by crashing a plane in Pennsylvania.

  • Golddigger volleyball shows moxie in loss to No. 4 Union Colony Prep

    EVERGREEN — The season may still be young, but the Clear Creek volleyball team is already looking strong, and Colorado is noticing.

    Prior to a deceptively close 3-0 loss to No. 4 Union Colony Prep on Thursday, the Golddiggers were earning votes in the 2A CHSAANow.com poll, though they weren’t officially ranked.

    They certainly gave the Timberwolves a run for their money, though they couldn’t pull out a win. Throughout the entire match, the Diggers maintained good movement and energy, which only improved from game to game.

  • Houston taking on a leadership role for the Golddiggers

    After Clear Creek graduated its star runners last year, the cross country team looked for new student leadership to take the program’s reins during the 2019 season. Junior Campbell Houston stepped up to the plate.

    Early into the season, Houston has served as a motivator, both vocally and by example, for a Golddigger boys squad that’s itching to make it back to the state meet in October. This year, he’s doing his best to make sure that happens.

  • Idaho Springs adopts VCMP master plan

    While the entire Virginia Canyon Mountain Park is a conceptual design for now, Idaho Springs staff members hope in a few years’ time it will be a reality.

    The Idaho Springs City Council adopted the final plan for the park at its Sept. 9 meeting and approved moving forward with a Colorado Parks & Wildlife grant application for $250,000. If successful, the city will use the funds to start building the first 3.5 miles of trails — or Phase I — next summer, City Planner Alan Tiefenbach said.

  • Georgetown passes wildlife-resistant trash ordinance

    Georgetown residents now are required to leave trash outside the morning of collection or have their trash receptacles be wildlife-resistant.

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen’s unanimous decision is effective immediately, and those putting out the trash the day of collection may leave it outside no earlier than 5 a.m.

  • County considers adding online engagement platform

    If Clear Creek County has a project, it can engage its residents, business owners and visitors online through dialogues, forums and digital tools to help form public policy and understand what the public’s priorities are.

    That’s the idea behind Bang the Table’s engagement software presented by a company representative to the county commissioners at a Sept. 3 meeting.

  • Clear Creek School District enrollment continues to decrease

    The Clear Creek School District continues its enrollment slide, expecting 726 students in the 2019-20 school year.

    Last year, the district’s enrollment was 773 students at Clear Creek High School, Clear Creek Middle School, King-Murphy and Carlson elementary schools, and Georgetown Community School. In 2017, enrollment was 809.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Contract approved for replacing Town Hall’s roof

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen approved at its Sept. 10 meeting contracting with T. Hackbarth Roofing to replace the Town Hall roof for approximately $15,000.

    The replacement will be in keeping with the historical aspect of the building, along with having the correct gutter installed, Town Administrator Kent Brown explained

    Brown added that the crew who recently fixed the bell tower said the roof needed to be replaced before winter.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    City hits record sales tax revenue

    July’s sales tax revenues were the highest ever in Idaho Springs history, according to City Clerk Diane Breece. The city brought in $393,380 for the month.

    This was nearly a 12 percent increase from June’s revenue of $285,678, Breece said during the Sept. 9 City Council meeting.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said the sales tax revenue for June was likely impacted by snowy weather. However, he was happy to see the increase from June to July.

  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band alums perform in Silver Plume

    Even though John McEuen hasn’t lived in Clear Creek County for 29 years, it’s still a place that he and his children think of as home.

    That’s part of the reason why, after a show in Glenwood Springs, he decided to stop in Silver Plume and play for a sold-out crowd at the George Downing Playhouse.

    “So, the answer to the question of ‘Why?’ is more like ‘Why not?’” McEuen said. “I had the day and the time, and I love the area.”