Today's News

  • VOX POP: Thanks to our veterans

    Thanks to our veterans


    Idaho Springs City Park … 11 a.m … a small group gathers near the flagpole … U.S., Colorado and the black MIA flags fly … beautiful day in the park … and a handful to say thanks … a few more than a handful.

  • Georgetown Lake development washes away

    After four years of public hearings, planning and water rights issues, Meritage Development Corp. has dropped its option to buy the 18 acres of Berry Trust land at the northwest end of Georgetown Lake.

    The announcement essentially ends plans for the Georgetown Marketplace, initially proposed to include a 100-room hotel, seven buildings and a large anchor store. Planners had hoped the development could attract more than 6,000 visitors a day.

  • Georgetown manager leaving for greener hills in Montana

    The last time Georgetown Town Manager Chuck Stearns was in Whitefish, Mont., he was a ski bum in his early 20s. In December, he will return to run the booming mountain tourist town.

    Many in Georgetown know of Stearns as a hard worker dedicated to his job of running a small town facing several challenges. But they may not know he is an avid skier and outdoorsman who has been eyeing a return to Whitefish his entire career.

    "They have had three town managers in 30 years," Stearns said. "This would be my last chance."

  • 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.