Today's News

  • Loanbright owner’s gift keeps on giving

    Russell Straub has a big heart.

    His Christmas gift to his 37 employees at Loanbright.com on Meadow Drive not only made the season bright for them, but also for downtown Evergreen businesses. 

    Straub gave his employees each $100 with orders that the money must be spent at downtown stores. If they spent all the money, he would give them another $100. Add to that lunch at One World Café.

    “This really isn’t about me,” Straub said, “but I wanted to do something fun, something memorable.”

  • Futuristic possibilities eyed for I-70 transit

    With its innovation and technological creativity, the Mountain Corridor High-Speed Transit Technology Forum on Dec. 13 showcased a host of concepts that wouldn’t have looked out of place in “The Jetsons” television show — but might have strained their bank account.

  • County’s 2013 budget adds greenway administrator

    Clear Creek County’s 2013 budget includes additional funds for road improvements and five positions, including a greenway administrator.

    The county expects to spend $11 million on road improvements, compared with $7.6 million budgeted in 2012. The work and funds, some of which are carried over from 2012, will be concentrated on the Clear Creek County segment of Highway 103, Witter Gulch Road and Santa Fe Drive. 

    The three projects are expected to cost $9 million, with another $2 million assigned to other smaller projects around the county.

  • Springs’ 2013 budget anticipates revenue boost 

    The city of Idaho Springs is maintaining optimism for the steadily improving economy as it moves into 2013.

    The city’s sales-tax revenue increased in both 2011 and 2012, and the city has projected another increase during 2013. Figures in the $4 million 2013 budget, approved recently by the city council, project sales-tax revenue in 2013 to be $774,000, a 3 percent increase over the 2012 projection.

  • Currents

     Dec. 22

    A flute recital featuring Cora Crisman will be at 1 p.m. at the United Center on Colorado Boulevard.


    Dec. 24

    The public is invited to share in a Christmas Eve carol and candlelight service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Chucrch, 123 Eureka St. in Central City.


    Jan. 5 

  • Gambel’s oak is a rare sighting in the foothills

     When I go down Little Cub Creek Road, I always look for a small cluster of Gambel’s oak, which grows on a scruffy southwest-facing slope just south of Mountain Park Road. It is a clump of small trees. Although they have single trunks and are tree shaped, they are little more than shrubs. 

  • Georgetown to survey property for skateboard park

    Georgetown has received a grant to survey the town’s multipurpose courts to determine whether they could be converted into a skateboard park.

    While this is a positive step for families who have lobbied for a skateboard park, the town is taking it slowly. Mayor Kerry Ann McHugh says everything is on hold until the survey results are in.

  • Maybe pink guns are the answer

     The word is out: The War on Christmas is over. I’m unclear whether it was a surrender or a cease-fire, but, by consensus, Christmas has won so overwhelmingly that it has, as Jon Stewart noted, wiped out Thanksgiving. Black Friday has given rise to Black Thursday Night so much so the NFL evening game is facing stiff competition. 

  • Reflecting on Christmas past, present, future

    Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa. For all cultures of our great nation, I wish you the very best of holidays for whichever holiday you celebrate. At the time of writing this, I am hearing details of the school shooting in Connecticut and am deeply saddened by this despicable act of a deranged person. Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers go out to the victims’ families. 

  • Diggers zoned-in vs. Battle Mountain

    Katie Vieweg, by her own admission, is a player who likes to encourage others and just wants to play a lot.

    “I kind of want to play for like every second instead of giving up,” Vieweg said.

    Clear Creek girls basketball coach Mark Ackerman says that the sophomore, because of her stint playing AAU basketball this past summer, has grown as a player. She hustles more, she knows what to do with the ball and where she needs to be on the floor. Her offense is improving and her defense is solid, even if she finds herself out of position from time to time.