Today's News

  • Schools clinging to outdated educational model

    For President Obama, the three driving domestic issues, in addition to the economy, are energy, health care and education.

    In Clear Creek, the trilogy is similar.  Besides economic development, it’s transportation, energy and education: TrEE.

  • Republicans’ carping cuts against conclusions

    If you are what you eat, carp has become the seafood du jour for Republicans.  

    In Colorado up until 2004, Republicans pretty much had their way and steered it into a pothole, literally and metaphorically.

    At the national level, George W. Bush’s policies were the epitome of trickle-down Reaganomics — massive deficits brought on by huge tax cuts for the financial elite — and for six years, he and the Republican Congress made a complete mess of it all.

  • A gathering place: Local nonprofit hopes to provide community with a variety of educational opportunities

    The house at 1422 Colorado Blvd. has witnessed a lot of history. It has seen Idaho Springs develop from a mining camp into a city. Seen dirt roads become paved and a mining community become a tourist destination.

    Across all those years, the structure wasn’t immune to change itself, experiencing a series of transformations over the past 149 years.

    From log cabin to two-story house, from residential to rental. Two years ago, the house was bought by the United Church of Idaho Springs and is now well on the way to its next incarnation — as a school.

  • Open Space, youth center team for recycling

    A program for at-risk youths and the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission have teamed to provide public buildings in the county with the ways and means to take care of their recyclables.

    Thanks in part to a grant from Coca-Cola and the National Recycling Coalition, the county received 60 recycling bins that have been placed at the courthouse, Idaho Springs City Hall, the recreation center and at business throughout the area.

  • What are the implications of your beliefs?

    “An educated person understands the implications of his beliefs.”

    - Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

  • Achieving balance: Snowboarding helps troubled kids develop confidence, trust

    Last week, Carolina Schumber turned 14. But it hasn’t been an easy 14 years.

    Carolina was raised in an environment prone to extreme abuse, and by the time she was just 8 years old, she was drinking heavily.

    She starting to act out in dangerous ways. When she talks, her voice sounds like that of someone twice her age.

    Learning to stand and face an uncertain future under normal circumstances can be difficult enough, but last Wednesday she was not only learning to stand — but to fly.

  • Mining 100 years of memories

    Joy Crane moved from California to the Idaho Springs Senior Center in 2003 because of her son’s connection to the area.

    After nearly a lifetime living in Southern California, the 98-year-old is still adjusting to Colorado’s winters.

    Crane said she moved to California in 1945 from Indiana, where she grew up and went to school.

    Having lived to be almost 100 years old, the former teacher has seen significant history unfold before her eyes.

  • Cold-shooting Golddiggers unable to run with Rams

    At its core, basketball is a very simple game. The team that can put the ball in the basket usually wins. The team that does not usually loses.

    It was as simple and as complex as that in a game between the Clear Creek Golddiggers (2-5 Class 3A Frontier League, 4-11 overall) and the Sheridan Rams (5-2, 7-8) on Feb. 6 at Clear Creek High School.

    The Rams seemed to hit all their open shots on the way to an easy 64-42 win over the Diggers, who at times seemed unable to beg, plead or bargain for a basket.

  • Ice escapades: Brother-sister team compete in red-hot races on ice-cold track

    GEORGETOWN — When Sir Isaac Newton originally observed that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, it’s a pretty good bet he wasn’t imagining a yellow 4,700-pound Hummer H3 spinning like a top across a frozen lake, its occupants plastered to the back of their seats.

  • Tapping into the power: Trio find powerlifting eases stress, offers opportunity to compete

    A policeman, a firefighter and an EMS shift supervisor.

    Not only do all three jobs deal with public service, they also carry with them high levels of stress.

    For Brian Radulovich, Mark Cucinella and Brooke Anderson, there’s only one way to relieve that stress: load up a barbell with (literally) a ton of weight and see if you can squat, bench-press and dead-lift with it.