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Today's Features

  • At first glance, it didn’t appear Jack the burro would be very speedy.
    Looking a little gaunt in the chest, and with his unkempt, shaggy facial hair, Jack looked perfectly comfortable trimming the lush grass at Courtney-Riley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs during Sunday’s burro races at Tommy Knockers Mining Days.

  • Many people pass through Idaho Springs on their way to somewhere else, but few do it on foot — and even fewer are in the midst of a stroll across the country in both directions.
    Armand Young, 53, is making the walk while hefting a 63-pound pole draped with American flags, all in the name of kindness.

  • By Dawn Janov

  • For the first time in nearly 80 years, children and their families walked into the old Georgetown School House on the Fourth of July.

    Derelict for many years, the giant brick building was open to visitors to celebrate the new Georgetown Heritage Center, an educational and cultural arts center expected to open officially in 2015. People walked down unfinished hallways and went in and out of the schoolrooms last used in 1938.

    The Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation hopes the 140-year-old building will once again become a place of learning.

  • A clear front-runner emerged from the pandemonium of flailing limbs and airborne amphibians at the annual Empire Frog Rodeo.

    With a casual disregard of gravity, 13-year-old Reno Miller’s frog effortlessly bounded away from the pack. Spending more time sailing through the air than on the ground, the frog helped Reno win the first event of the 28th annual Empire Frog Rodeo.

    “Inject him with a triple shot of espresso,” Reno gave as his secret to success.

  • Georgetown has brought its historical territorial charter into the 21st century.

    The document, which governs how the town board operates, has been updated to designate the powers of the mayor (police judge) and town administrator and let the board appoint replacements for selectmen who step down rather than hold an election. 

    The changes also include rolling the document’s amendments into the charter to make a more streamlined governing document. The provision that the town board must inspect food and whiskey barrels also was eliminated.

  • The jagged cliffs around the mining train look steep and menacing — despite being only a foot high and made of painted tinfoil.

    The cliffs, train, tracks and more are part of a new museum display being constructed by the Historical Society of Idaho Springs.

    City council member Bob Bowland, who is one of the exhibit’s volunteer builders, said the train, when finished, will move back and forth on its track when visitors approach.

  • Thanks to all of you who came to the 28th annual  Empire Frog Rodeo!

    For those who have never attended, it’s a chance for kids to have an experience with frogs that wouldn’t normally happen in the mountains. It’s where you can race a frog with a squirt bottle and hope for the best jumper.  It’s just for fun and to give people a chance to check out the small-town charm of Empire.

  • Boy Scout Troop 1876 proved that Friday the 13th was anything but bad luck for Idaho Springs.

    The Arvada troop spent two days working to refurbish and repaint the town’s dilapidated World War II monument in front of the Idaho Springs Library.

    On Friday, a handful of Scouts climbed over and around the monument, sanding and stripping off the ancient and chipped paint to make way for a new coat.

    Mayor Michael Hillman dropped by to talk with the Scouts and thank them for their efforts.

  • Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a three-part series examining the past, present and future of Clear Creek.

    Like a line from a great pickax drawn through rock and stone, Clear Creek rumbles down the center of the county, cutting through the mountains to the plains.

    Starting at Loveland Pass northwest of Grays Peak, the creek travels 66 miles before joining the South Platte River, which in turn joins the Platte River, the Missouri River, and the mighty Mississippi, finally flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.