Today's News

  • Eclipse plans revised with ‘family-friendly’ drift

    By Ian Neligh

    Courant Editor

    Plans for the controversial Eclipse Snow Park have been modified to make the area more “family-friendly” and to reduce local residents’ concerns about traffic and parking.

    Eclipse representatives met with the community at St. Mary’s on Feb. 28 to unveil their new vision for the ski resort, which is awaiting final approval from the Clear Creek County commissioners. Michael Coors, president of Eclipse, said that if final approval comes in the next month, construction could begin in late spring.

  • Georgetown Community School gets new five-year contract

    The Georgetown Community School, a public charter school, has negotiated a new five-year contract with the school district.

    On Feb. 23 the Clear Creek school board voted unanimously for the new contract during a meeting at the school. Georgetown Community School’s original contract was for three years, which ends in the spring of this school year.

    Charter schools must submit an application to the chartering authority in order to continue operation. A three-year or a five-year term were being considered by the board.

  • Police calls

    You’ve been smeared

    CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — About 9:40 p.m. Jan. 25, deputies received a phone call from a man who said someone had thrown a white substance at his vehicle.

    The motorist was heading east on Interstate 70 when another vehicle tossed a white substance in his general direction. The victim believed the substance to be lotion or sunscreen.

    He told deputies that the substance splattered on the right side of his vehicle and his windshield.

  • Evergreen Newspapers staffers win awards

    Evergreen Newspapers photo editor Matthew Jonas won best in show for sports photography at the Colorado Press Association’s annual awards on Saturday in Denver.

    Jonas’ photo of a bronc rider at the Evergreen Rodeo, “Topysy-turvy ride,” appeared on the cover of the Canyon Courier last June. The same picture won first place in the sports photography category in the Courier’s class.

  • Paper, readers can help each other

    We’ve been hearing every day for months now about the bad economy. Every night we go home to the news of more layoffs and cutbacks. We have all been impacted in some way. I know the Courant has.

    We have reduced staffing through attrition, as employees have resigned for different opportunities; we have restructured and asked our current employees to take on additional duties.

  • Our future: the journalism of hope

    “For suddenly he was thinking … that if he was not a writer, he was not real, that he did not exist.”

    — Robert Penn Warren,

    in “Flood”

    As Coloradans listen to the echoes of a great voice gone suddenly silent, the words of Robert Penn Warren ring quietly and persistently for me in the void.

  • Era of respect and personal responsibility needed

    As the days get longer, the anticipation of spring and its promise of rebirth gives wings to the spirit. Joy is found in the simple things, and the mind wonders as it wanders.  

  • 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.