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Today's News

  • Education Briefs

    District to study drainage issues at King-Murphy playground
    The Clear Creek School District will spend $3,000 this summer to evaluate the retaining wall that holds up the King-Murphy Elementary School playground.

    The board passed a resolution that it will borrow money this summer to do the work, and pay back the loan with money it is receiving from the bond that voters approved in November. Part of the bond will be used to replace playgrounds at King-Murphy and Carlson elementary schools and Georgetown Community School.

  • Idaho Springs receives results of blight study

    The consultant for the city’s blight study recommended that Idaho Springs officials declare both the Exit 240 area and the east end of the city blighted.

    During an April 22 work session, Elyse Dinnocenzo, director of Principle Land Planning LLC, said after evaluating both areas for 11 blight factors, the Exit 240 area has an overall presence of four factors and the east end had the overall presence of five factors.

  • County Briefs

    Recreation management update

    Clear Creek County Commissioner Randy Wheelock hopes the county can finalize its recreation master plan by mid-2021, so it is ahead of other agencies that are part of the NoCo PLACES project.

    “That way, we can get it done and make sure that we upload into NoCo at a faster rate than any other counties do, so we can continue to hold our place as leaders,” Wheelock said.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from April 15-21

    • Monday, April 15 — An Idaho Springs officer investigated a report of shoplifting at a store on the east side. A suspect was identified and issued a mandatory appearance summons. The person was also banned from that business.

    • Tuesday, April 16 — A Clear Creek Sheriff’s deputy investigated a suspicious-activity call along Dumont Road. A man had parked his car to ride his bike.

  • Students give feedback at King-Murphy’s Young Writers Conference

    King-Murphy Elementary students read books at school on Thursday — not just to themselves but to their classmates.

    The entire school participated in a Young Writers Conference in which one student from each grade is put into a group, and they find a place in the school to share something they have written. Everyone listens and gives feedback, and when each child is done reading, the adult leader puts a sticker on the book, lauding them for their excellent work.

  • Authorities: Pais died by suicide same day she arrived

    Schools in Clear Creek County — and across the state — have returned to business as usual after last week’s credible threat that caused shelter-in-place protocols on April 16 and schools to be closed on April 17.

  • Digger soccer defense stands strong in loss

    By Matthew Stefanski

    For the Courant

    A string of unfortunate injuries left the Clear Creek girls soccer team looking to their freshmen for answers as they went into their first-ever game against the Cornerstone Christian Academy Bulldogs at home on Thursday. 

    The Golddiggers had several good scoring opportunities, but the Bulldogs’ staunch defense held together, and combined with a high-pressure offense, led to a 7-1 defeat for CCHS.

  • Superintendent: School closures based on safety

    Students returning to school on Thursday after Wednesday’s potential threat went without a hiccup, according to Clear Creek officials.

    Representatives from Clear Creek Advocates and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health were available to talk with students as needed, and all district schools had a delayed start. Friday was a teacher work day, so students didn’t have school.

  • Clear Creek EMS, Front Range facing shortage

    Clear Creek EMS, like many of its counterparts along the Front Range and across the state, is seeing a critical shortage in paramedics, which is leading to a loss of knowledge and experience among paramedics, Chief Paramedic Nicolena Johnson said.

    While Clear Creek EMS and agencies like it are able to recruit EMTs, Johnson told the county commissioners during an April 16 work session that paramedics are able to find jobs with fire departments and emergency rooms at much more competitive salaries.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from April 8-14

    • Monday, April 8 — Georgetown police followed up on a criminal mischief case at the town’s post office, resulting in a consent search of the person’s apartment. The search reportedly yielded narcotics and paraphernalia, and the person was arrested the following day.

    • Monday, April 8 — A deputy responded to a suspicious-activity call in the 4300 block of Highway 103 after the property owner thought someone was trespassing on their property, but the area was secure.