Today's News

  • District weighs merging schools

    Editor's note: Ellen Leslie is the editor in chief of the Digger Digest at Clear Creek High School. She is also the daughter of business manager Willie Leslie. The student newspaper broke this story after rumors began circulating about the possible merger.

    In the face of a $300,000 deficit and declining enrollment, the Clear Creek School District is considering combining kindergarten through eighth grade, or the middle school and high school.

  • Kum & Go wins community praise but stalls on technicality

    Several community leaders and business owners threw their support behind Kum & Go Inc. and its planned store at 13th Avenue and Miner Street this week, but the national chain must wait for an open space variance for final approval.

  • It's official: Clear Creek is blue

    By nearly 30 percent margins across the board, Clear Creek County residents voted blue, electing Sen. Barack Obama with 3,295 votes. With landslide results, residents also re-elected state Sen. Dan Gibbs, state Rep. Claire Levy and County Commissioner Joan Drury. Residents also elected, by large majorities, Jared Polis to the U.S. House and Mark Udall to the U.S. Senate.

    "I'm relieved," said Randy Wheelock, a lead organizer for the Clear Creek Democratic Party. "We have transcended mudslinging and found a true unifier in Barack Obama."

  • Huskies rush past Golddiggers in season finale

    It was a scary Halloween for Clear Creek's football team. But it was not the costumes of the spectators that gave the Golddiggers a fright, it was the three-headed monster in Platte Canyon’s backfield.

    The Huskies ran up and down the field in the first half on the strength A.J. Melillo, Michael Pollick and Dillon Whisman.

    Each had at least one touchdown -Melillo led the way with three - and the Huskies defense stifled the Golddiggers throughout the first half as Platte Canyon rushed out to a 57-6 halftime lead in the teams' Class 2A Colorado Conference game.

  • A changed America: divided we stand, or ready to move forward

    Today begins the final days of the George W. Bush presidency and perhaps the beginning of the end of eight years of political hell.

    The image of the arrogant boors in Florida taunting Gore supporters in December 2000 shouting, “Get over it! You lost!” as if it what was being decided were an athletic contest, has been seared into my consciousness.

    That boorish mentality, reflective of fans who curse refs and opponents and spill beer on fans in front of them, is what guided Bush from the get-go. You’re with us or against us.

  • New-look Gamma ready for a new home

    After undergoing three fairly invasive surgeries and losing the only family he knew, Gamma refuses to let the dog days bring him down.

    The 4-year-old Rottweiler-shepherd mix, a resident of the Clear Creek/Gilpin Animal Shelter, isn’t hung up on appearances, but he appears more than ready to find a new family.

    Gamma underwent his third operation last week at Colorado State University, where veterinarians removed overactive glands that had produced a saliva pouch under Gamma’s chin. The pouch has greatly decreased in size since the surgery.

  • Owner capping contaminated site at Capital Prize Mine

    The old Capital Prize Mine, at 10th and Biddle Streets, has sat dormant for more than 100 years, with high levels of arsenic and lead hidden beneath a thick crust of mine waste. The owner of the property has been working to cap the site for the last three weeks to pave the way for a future residential development.

    But one Georgetown local has called state Rep. Claire Levy and Congressman Mark Udall to complain that the site is not being remediated safely.

  • Conservatism is not what it used to be — because it never was to begin with

    “Conservative,” I suggested.

    “I know that,” smiled Joe Soccer Dad. “I find it ironic, however, that the term is still often defined in bland terms.

    “Barry Goldwater laid out in Conscience of a Conservative the bedrock principles of conservatism as he saw them. Then two years ago, John Dean, Nixon’s Watergate lawyer and a good friend of Goldwater, came out with Conservatives Without Conscience, which he was co-writing with Goldwater before the senator died. In it he encapsulates the failure of conservatism.”

  • Idaho Springs again seeking permanent de-Brucing

    Idaho Springs is asking residents for the third time in the Nov. 4 election to permanently repeal part of the provisions of the 1992 TABOR Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, a process commonly known as “de-Brucing.”

    The city is not asking voters for a tax increase but for permission to accept more state grant money to pay for the nuts and bolts of running city government and city services.

  • Gibbs wins Senate District 16

    Incumbent state Sen. Dan Gibbs of Summit County was defeating Evergreen businessman Don Ytterberg by 18 points with 34 percent of the precincts reporting.

    In Clear Creek County, Gibbs, a Democrat, won by 16 points. Republican Ytterberg fought a fierce campaign in Jefferson County, winning by 2 points but ultimately losing to Gibbs in the rest of the district, which spans both sides of the Continental Divide, from mountain communities through the foothills to the Front Range.