Today's News

  • Preparing for the worst: G-town Loop builds firefighting train car

    Five years ago, a careless passenger on the Georgetown Loop Railroad tossed a cigarette into the forest.

    A small fire started, but luckily an employee spotted it before it burned out of control.

    It was a minor incident but one that has stuck with the Loop marketing manager Tom Hill over the years. The problem: A lot of the area around the train tracks is remote and would be difficult to access in a fire emergency.

    Hill’s solution: two tanks, a train car, red paint and 3,000 gallons of water.

  • Georgetown business looks for greener pastures

    As a headquarters, the quaintly decorated townhome on Clear Creek Drive works fine — for the time being.

    But the modest beginning of local Sean Hinchliffe’s new family-operated business, Green Waste and Recycling, definitely belies his far-reaching aspirations.

    Servicing about a dozen local customers, Sean, with two pickup trucks, his partner Bryan Romine and their wives operate the county’s first curbside single-stream recycling business.

  • Whitewater park set to take shape

    Boaters headed to Clear Creek County for some gnarly nautical adventures will have something a little extra to be excited about next year.

    An official groundbreaking was held Aug. 11 for the Clear Creek Whitewater Park at Lawson.

    Plans for the park include specially engineered boulders that will provide chutes and waves for kayakers and other boaters along the 450-foot stretch of river just upstream from Mile Hi Rafting.

  • Former Loaves & Fishes director apologizes

    Editor’s note: As part of restitution to the citizens of Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, former Loaves & Fishes director William C. Gregory was ordered to write this letter of apology.

    To the citizens of Clear Creek and Gilpin counties:

  • Swallows in flight a fascinating sight

    The lake is calm and peaceful this morning. Some 37 Canada geese are resting on the sandbar. Among them, a few double-crested cormorants jostle for room. A light breeze is rippling the surface of the lake, and the path of Bear Creek can be seen by the dark streak running across the ripples like a smooth black ribbon.

  • Denver area man, 19, drowns in St. Mary's Lake

    A 19-year-old man drowned in St. Mary’s Lake on Saturday when he and friends attempted to swim in its freezing waters.

    The body of Denver area resident Sean Anderson was found by emergency crews on Sunday after hours of searching.

    Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said Anderson was the first drowning death at St. Mary’s Lake in more than 15 years.

  • Other Voices: McMullin taught life lessons by his actions

    Life is precious. Our own lives are precious; the lives of our families and friends are precious.

    Craig McMullin was a good person. He was my friend and mentor.

    We met in 1999 when he bought the Clear Creek Courant. Our personalities clicked. We were both compulsive about typos, our senses of humor and reliance on sarcasm were similar, and we shared ideas about the power and responsibility of community journalism.

  • Area 'old-timer' honored for community service

    “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

     — Winston Churchill

    Marjorie “Chee Chee” Bell was selected by her peers on July 30 to receive Clear Creek County’s Non-Profit Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The award was presented at a county luncheon recognizing local nonprofits, with 61 different organizations in attendance.

  • Beautifully blue: Sounds, setting make Empire Blues Fest a success

    EMPIRE — Hundreds of blues fans basked Sunday in near-perfect sunshine, blanketed in warm air that buzzed with wailing harmonica and twangy guitar at the Empire Blues Fest.

    “I just want to tell everyone that I sold my soul to the devil for this sunshine,” said the festival’s creator, Rabbit Alexa, as he addressed a crowd of about 200 between band sets. “So I’m done after this, thank you.”

  • Vox

    Creek more powerful than the sun


    The estimated cost for the 11-megawatt 4,400-home system was $44 million. It has been my observation that solar generates power an average of only 5.22 hours per day when the sun shines and needs to be subsidized 80 percent by energy credits, rebates and federal grants paid for, basically, by the U.S. taxpayer to be economically feasible. I believe our taxpayers and their future family heirs are maxed out and need a break.