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Today's News

  • Digger boys hoops falls in heartbreaker to Eagles

    FORT COLLINS — The Clear Creek boys basketball team almost had what it took to defeat a top-10 team on the road, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.

    On Friday night at Heritage Christian — ranked No. 9 in the latest CHSAANow.com poll — the Golddiggers kept the Eagles on their toes throughout most of the game, but a fourth-quarter Clear Creek offensive stall handed the home team a 60-51 win.

    Midway through the second quarter, however, the Diggers worked up a 30-17 lead and maintained the advantage throughout the next eight minutes of play.

  • No one injured in house fire near Old Squaw Pass Road

    Investigators have yet to determine the cause of a structure fire Friday morning near the intersection of Highway 103 and Old Squaw Pass Road.

    The fire burned a resident’s outbuilding, adjacent to a house, Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokeswoman Stacee Martin said. The workshop was mainly lost, but the garage was saved and the owner was able to get out safely. As of Monday afternoon, investigators had ruled out a chimney fire and were looking to see whether the cause was accidental, she said.

  • Byerley: Trading lives

    What makes one life more valuable than another in the eyes of people? What about in the eyes of God?

    Moral outrage has been prompted over house bills in Virginia and Rhode Island to allow abortion up to the time of birth. New York and New Mexico recently passed a similar bill. Six other states already allow it, including Colorado, Alaska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont, as well as Washington, D.C.

  • Fabyanic: Appreciating public employees

    During the English Civil War, parliamentarian opponents of Charles I dubbed his aristocratic supporters Cavaliers. They were the entitled, beautifully coiffed gentry who controlled the kingdom’s wealth through their land holdings.

  • Argo’s gondola could open this summer

    The Argo Mine and Mill is hoping to have its gondola open in the next eight to 14 months, giving locals an opportunity to see Idaho Springs from a new view.

    Mary Jane Loevlie, one of the Argo’s owners, told City Council members and staff that the company is planning to have its zoning application completed this spring, and its master planning and schematic design is already underway.

    The gondola and supporting development are estimated to cost $10.3 million to $11.3 million, Loevlie said at a Jan. 28 work session.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    Council approves new restrooms at CRC Park

    The Idaho Springs City Council, during its Jan. 28 meeting, unanimously approved purchasing and installing new restrooms at Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park.

    The restrooms will cost approximately $230,444, and it will take about six months for the building to arrive and become fully installed, city staff said.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said the city will pour the concrete foundation, and then the company brings in the pre-built restroom building and installs the unit on top of the foundation.

  • Georgetown’s new brewery, hotel applying for tax incentives

    The Georgetown staff is negotiating with representatives from the incoming brewery and hotel, which have applied to be the first businesses to use the town’s sales tax incentive program. The deal must be approved by the town’s Board of Selectmen.

  • Carlson students explore a bevy of ideas at science fair

    The Carlson Elementary gym on Thursday became an intersection of the World’s Fair and a TED Talk as youngsters explained what they learned with their peers and teachers at the annual science fair.

    Rows of tables were filled with plants that had been watered with an array of liquids, foods that had some degree of mold growing on them, and other props to help the young scientists explain their findings.

  • Library district adding Little Free Libraries throughout county

    Pretty soon Clear Creek residents and visitors will have access to free books atop a 12,000-foot mountain, at the gym and at local coffee shops.

    Clear Creek County Library District is teaming up with local businesses to install Little Free Libraries around the county, including at Loveland Ski Area and the Clear Creek Recreation Center.

    Little Free Libraries, which is a worldwide program, are book-exchange locations where anyone is welcome to contribute or take books without a sign-out process.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Jan. 21-27

    • Tuesday, Jan. 22 — Idaho Springs officers were dispatched to an east-side residence after a report of protection order violations. The suspect was taken into custody for violation of a court order.

    • Wednesday, Jan. 23 — Georgetown police responded to a harassment call in the 1100 block of Rose Street involving someone being harassed via cell phone. The incident is under investigation.