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Today's News

  • Man arrested following reported domestic violence incident

    The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Evergreen man following a domestic violence incident that ended in an eastbound chase down Interstate 70 on Thanksgiving night.
    According to Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling, at 6:23 p.m. Nov. 22, a female called 911, reportedly saying a television had been thrown at her and that she had been punched in the face. By the time officers arrived at the home off U.S. 40 in Evergreen, the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Brian Lee Patrick, had left the area.

  • Inman resigns as CCHS football coach

    For the past nine years, Brian Inman has served as a mainstay for Clear Creek High School as its football coach. Last month, that came to an end when he resigned from the program.

    Just after concluding his final, 6-3 season with a high-scoring win at Jefferson on Oct. 26, and upon finding out that the Golddiggers did not make the cut for playoffs, Inman made the decision to step down.

    He was ready to put the most important thing in his life first.

  • Golddiggers boys hoops looking ahead to new year, changes

    The Clear Creek boys basketball program will look a lot different this year.

    The Golddiggers have a new coach, a new cast of leaders and a new league to round it out. Scott Haebe, who came over from Evergreen High School — where he coached for two and a half decades — took over the program from John Onago, who was fired mid-season last year.

    Already, he’s been enacting a new style of offense for the Diggers with the high-paced, well-distributed Princeton system.

  • Clear Creek wrestling looking ahead to strong year

    After just barely missing out on state last year, the Clear Creek wrestlers believe they have what it takes to send some kids far this upcoming season.

    Campbell Houston, who competes in the 170-pound weight class, finished fifth in regionals last year. That means he only needed one more win to make it to state. His teammate, 220-pound heavyweight Deyon Wickham, did the same. This year, they think they can finally get over that hump, thanks to their offseason training regimen.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Nov. 12-18

    • Monday, Nov. 12 — Idaho Springs police were dispatched to a local residence for a report of a burglary. During the investigation, officers found the taken property.

    • Monday, Nov. 12 — Georgetown police responded to cold assault and burglary calls at a Sixth Street residence. Officers discovered that the reported suspect had authority to be inside the apartment; he lost his key and forcibly entered. It was later discovered he was involved in a domestic incident in another municipality, and the information was passed on to that jurisdiction.

  • Alice resident Gaten pleads not guilty to March shooting

    An Alice man charged with shooting someone in the El Rancho area last March has pleaded not guilty.

    Matthew Gaten, 31, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference at 1 p.m. Feb. 11 and a motions hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

  • County allows up to two more marijuana retail licenses

    The Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners decided to lift the 5-mile buffer that effectively prevented more marijuana retail stores from opening in unincorporated Clear Creek.

    However, the board will limit the number of marijuana retail licenses to six, including the four licenses the county already has issued. The board also would advise current medical marijuana license-holders to transition to recreational retail.

  • Bobcat, lynx or blynx?

    Occasionally, local social media light up with animal-related posts, like elk entwined in netting, lost-and-found pets, and an injured owlet, generating dozens of comments (hopefully all with happy endings).

    Recently, a thread appeared concerning the identification of a “bobcat or lynx.” As it turns out, discerning the difference between the two cats is a bit tricky. First, bobcats and lynx are both of genus “Lynx.”

  • Decking the windows with Christmas cheer

    ‘Tis the season for heralding in the holiday season — and shopping.

    Downtown Idaho Springs did both Saturday as businesses participated in a festive Small Business Saturday with their shops decked out in their holiday finest awaiting a steady stream of shoppers.

    “Small Business Saturday is always a great day,” Juli Nadeau, manager of Margie’s Place, said, adding that one of the biggest challenges is keeping the shelves well stocked to accommodate the shoppers. This year’s windows are dressed with snowflakes and ornaments.

  • BIZBEAT: Local distillery refocusing into regional craft spirits brand

    Bouck Brothers Distilling is moving up.

    On Nov. 17, the business celebrated its restructuring, which is taking Bouck Brothers to work with a distilling team in Loveland, and shifting them from a local distillery to a regional craft brand, co-owner and general manager Jessi Bouck said.

    The company, which has been on Idaho Springs’ Colorado Boulevard since September 2015, is still deciding what to do with its space. Jessi said the staff would like to leave it open as a distillery, but would need to find other entities to run it.