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Today's News

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from March 11-17

    • Monday, March 11 — A deputy received a report of suspicious activity involving a white minivan in the 12500 block of U.S. Highway 40. The reported van was found, but it was empty.

    • Monday, March 11 — A deputy received a suspicious-activity call about two cars pulled over along Hyland Drive. The deputy investigated and found they were having vehicle issues.

  • Clear Creek collects other counties’ lessons learned about rural clinics

    Putting multiple health services in a single building is the way to go, Clear Creek officials have affirmed.

    According to Cindy Dicken, director of the county’s Health & Human Services division, several counties either already have done that — called co-locating services — or wanted to have them, with one public health employee telling her, “It’s the wave of the future, and it should’ve been part of our past.”

  • School district, teachers to discuss budget

    The Clear Creek school board plans to meet with teachers in April to discuss the district’s budget.

    The meeting comes after teachers have been making presentations at recent school board meetings, looking for ways to improve teacher salaries. They say teacher recruitment and retention is the No. 1 problem the district faces, and better salaries would help keep good teachers in classrooms. With a consistent teaching staff, the district would be able to improve test scores and help stop declining enrollment, they say.

  • Meteorologist gets Carlson students excited about science

    On Friday, Carlson students learned all about how radar detects raindrops in the atmosphere, how the Arabic word for dust storm is ‘haboob,’ and how lenticular clouds look awesome.

    Kylie Bearse, a 9News meteorologist, visited Carlson Elementary to teach students about what is involved in a meteorologist’s job and to give them insight into more well-known weather phenomena, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning.

  • Special events overloading county’s first responders

    Special events, especially in the summer, are pulling first responders away from other areas of the county that need them, Clear Creek Fire Authority Chief Kelly Babeon and Sheriff Rick Albers say.

    During Babeon’s biannual update with the county commissioners on March 19, he noted that Clear Creek has received more special-event requests lately, including multiple event requests for the same day.

    He held up the 2019 Triple Bypass Bike Ride and Echo Mountain’s concert, both scheduled for July 13, as an example.

  • CCHS lax getting into the swing of new season

    By James Burky

    For the Courant

    The 2019 Clear Creek High School boys’ lacrosse team’s 14-1 season-opening loss to Rangeview on Friday shows how the Golddiggers are somewhat unrefined this season, but they might have the most heart, and that goes a long way in sports.

    Head coach Jamey Kittelberger, a former lacrosse player at the University of North Carolina, has been coaching the team since 2017, and he believes the Golddiggers have embarked on the long road to success, and that trek starts with finding the right players.

  • Former county employee facing theft, money laundering charges

    A former Clear Creek County employee was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 from the Resource Center during an eight-year period.

    Candace Morehouse, 70, the former Human Services Division's bookkeeper, was arrested on suspicion of theft of greater than $100,000 but less than $1 million, a Class 3 felony; money laundering, a Class 3 felony; and forgery, a Class 5 felony.

  • Byerley: Through the valley

    One of my favorite hymns is “In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul.” Lately it keeps running through my head during difficult times. It is a reminder that the valleys of life are a place to seek solace, experience healing and to live out our low points with the help of His strength and grace.

  • Fabyanic: Dog-eat-dog education

    Two recent reports dealing with education paint a grim picture of attitudes about it. Statewide, Colorado children are being compelled to attend school in squalid buildings unfit for human occupation. Nationwide, super-wealthy, socially insecure parents are cheating and lying their scions’ ways into elite colleges and universities.

    A recent Washington Post article drew national attention to Colorado’s indifference to children, especially in poorer school districts. It pointed out that statewide classroom and infrastructure needs now stand at $14 billion.

  • School district to sell Digger Field, bus barn

    Golddigger Field and the bus barn property are for sale.

    The Clear Creek school board on Tuesday voted 3-1 to solicit bids from real estate agents to represent the district and to start accepting offers for its properties on both sides of Interstate 70 including the former middle school.

    Voting yes on the measures were board members Mitch Houston, Jennifer Cassell and Larry Pyers. Board member Joe O’Leary voted no, and board member Nicolai Hoffman wasn't at the meeting.