Today's News

  • High school raising graduation requirements

    Clear Creek High School is bolstering its graduation requirements this fall to better prepare students for life after 12th grade.

    First, over the next five years, the high school and middle school will gradually increase the base level for a passing grade to 70 percent rather than the traditional 60 percent.

  • Sweeney, Streweler ride out to early lead

    DUMONT — Sami Jo Sweeney knows her horse quite well. She ought to. She’s had the ride since she was 11. So when a thunderous downpour rained down on the Oh My Gawd Rodeo at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds on June 11 it wasn’t that big of a deal.

    If anything, it may have been a blessing in disguise.

    “My horse likes the rain. It’s good for us. We pray for rain when we run,” the 21-year-old Brighton resident said.

    She got her wish in buckets, and it paid off quite nicely.

  • Group aims to train residents in emergency response

    A fire starts in Clear Creek County and quickly grows out of control as the windy, dry, hot weather and the beetle kill give it fuel and deadly momentum.

    It spreads in flaming fingers over the mountains and along Interstate 70 before turning into a moving wall of flame. As with the recent fires in California, residents are evacuated and houses burn.

    This scenario, however horrific, could happen here, and the Clear Creek County Community Emergency Response Team — known as CERT — wants residents to know what to do just in case.

  • Sweet success: G-town Community Center set for chocolate fund-raiser

    Ian Neligh

    Courant Editor

    From the time of the ancient Mayans and their predecessors. the Olmec, chocolate has been praised for a wealth of health-benefiting properties.

    It has been said that chocolate has, among other things, the ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol — and it also can benefit nonprofit community centers.

    From 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 12, the Georgetown Community Center will host its seventh annual Chocolate Cocktail Party.

  • Whitewater park opens in Lawson

    Whitewater boating and kayaking are alive and well at the newest addition for those outdoor sports in Clear Creek County — the Lawson Whitewater Park.

    The park celebrated its grand opening May 22. It includes boulders that create specialty chutes and waves for kayakers and other boaters along the 450-foot stretch of Clear Creek just upstream from Mile Hi Rafting.

    The park also has improved parking and a changing station with environmentally friendly toilets.

  • Memorial Day events planned in Idaho Springs, Empire

    On May 31, American flags will be waving across the county as Clear Creek observes Memorial Day.

    Idaho Springs

    From 11 a.m. to noon May 31 in Citizens Park, residents will gather to pay tribute to the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    Local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4121 is hosting the event. There will be guest speakers, and the Cow Boy Band will play a traditional selection of patriotic tunes.

  • Sweeney, Streweler ride out to early lead in rodeo's return

    DUMONT — Sami Jo Sweeney knows her horse quite well. She ought to. She’s had the ride since she was 11. So when a thunderous downpour rained down on the Oh My Gawd Rodeo at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds on June 11 it wasn’t that big of a deal.

  • Elks looking to bolster the herd

    For more than 100 years, Idaho Springs-based Elks Lodge 607 has been a cornerstone of the community.

    The Elks have a regular outpouring of service work, including annual charities, fund-raisers, student scholarships, and youth, veterans and senior citizen assistance programs — the list goes on and on.

    The organization hosts dozens of activities and fund-raisers benefiting the local communities.

    However, time takes it toll on even the sturdiest foundations, and membership numbers have steadily dropped in recent years.

  • Music made memorable for students

    Using humor, theatrics and great music, members of the troupe Inside the Orchestra taught King-Murphy Elementary School students about how orchestra music is not so different from the music they usually hear.

    “Orchestra music has the same intensity and energy as hip-hop and rap,” conductor Tom Jensen told the school-wide assembly Feb. 26. Some parts of the music are rough and some are smooth, some are quiet and some are loud, some are happy and some are sad.

  • Interstate 70 billboard seeks reports on wildlife

    A new billboard on Interstate 70 near Downieville just west of Idaho Springs is asking for your help.

    It asks motorists to report wildlife they see along the interstate on a website, www.I-70WildlifeWatch


    The I-70 Wildlife Watch website, created by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, was launched in November 2009 by Colorado Wildlife on the Move, a coalition of businesses, state agencies and nonprofit organizations working to decrease the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions.