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Today's News

  • Byerley: Opinions and free speech

    What is an opinion column? It is written in the context of the author’s viewpoint, meant to present one side of an argument or a worldview.  
    I was hired by this newspaper to give my opinion from the right side of the political aisle. An opinion column is also an exercise of free speech, protected by our U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, an opinion column is written to reach an audience and hopefully to sell more newspapers.  

  • Fabyanic: Giving thanks

    Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. The reason lies in its simplicity: The day is not laden with fervor. Rather, it is premised on a simple construct: Offering gratitude.
    My friend Amy Collette wrote a book titled “The Gratitude Connection.” One of the beauties of Amy’s work lies in its simplicity. It’s not a verbose treatise, but an easy, gentle, thoughtful exercise into the practice of giving thanks.

  • Girls basketball is gearing up for a new season

    After a historic run to the state title game last year, Clear Creek’s girls basketball team is turning over a new leaf.

    With the exit of former head coach Marc Gorenstein, the Golddiggers will now be under the leadership of his former assistant and JV coach, Shadow Murphy. They’ll also have a new starting cast after losing seven seniors last year.

    Murphy thinks her girls will be up to the task in revamping the program’s identity.

  • Digger poms team wins Frontier League meet

    SHERIDAN — Going into Clear Creek’s league poms meet on Thursday, the Golddiggers knew they would win no matter what as the only dance team in a pool of cheer teams.

    Their real victory, however, lay in the near-flawless execution of their dance at Sheridan High School.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Nov. 5-11

    • Monday, Nov. 5 — Georgetown police followed up a previous incident at a residence on Seventh Street. There have been ongoing harassment and protection order-violation complaints between the residents. Officers took no action because of the lack of empirical corroboration.

    • Monday, Nov. 5 — Georgetown police followed up at an Alliance Drive residence after believing a person there was connected with a traffic accident in the 1700 block of Clear Creek Drive. The driver was cited for a traffic offense.

  • Douglas Mountain Ranch's new permit seeks to lower acreage

    The owners of property south of Empire have submitted an amended application to put a quarry on 68 acres rather than the original 91 acres — and the proposal continues to concern area residents who say the quarry would negatively impact the area’s wildlife, air and water quality, and traffic.

  • Students take on heroic responsibility of being buddies, not bullies

    Just like the Green Lantern taking an oath to defeat what is evil and defend what is good, Carlson Elementary students took an oath of their own last week.

    “I,” they said, stating their names and raising their right hands, “promise to respect everyone fully. I’m going to be a buddy, not a bully.”

    And, with that, Capes @ Carlson took flight.

    On Nov. 14, the anti-bullying program kicked off as all students took the pledge, signed a poster to be displayed in the school and received wristbands to mark the occasion.

  • Local crafters feature wares at Fall Festival

    While it certainly didn’t feel like autumn outside — with the winter weather blowing in — the spirit of the season was still alive at Idaho Springs Elks Lodge on Saturday as the Lady Elks hosted the annual Fall Festival.

    The Lodge’s upstairs and downstairs had tables covered with displays of woodworking, crocheting, photography, homemade foods and other types of creative talents.

  • County’s number of short-term rentals lower than previously thought

    Last year, the county estimated that there were 200 to 250 short-term rental properties in unincorporated Clear Creek. However, a vendor for the county has estimated there are 105 such properties, and their owners have been notified of Clear Creek’s new process for licensing STRs.

    During a Nov. 6 work session, County Planner Nick Hufford told the commissioners that of the 105 letters the county sent to STR property owners, only three have made it through the licensing process so far.

  • Education Briefs

    All CCSD students have access to e-tablets daily

    All students in Clear Creek schools now have access to e-tablets daily, and next year, the district’s technology department will focus on technology in classrooms at Clear Creek Middle/High School.

    Galen Thompson, the district’s technology director, told the Clear Creek school board at a recent study session that the district has moved forward quickly to get Chromebooks into the hands of all students.