• No stop for Clear Creek on planned I-70 bus service

    Local officials are unhappy that the Colorado Department of Transportation’s $21 million plan to begin a regional bus service by the end of the year will have no stops in Clear Creek County.

    An e-mail movement to petition the state agency with requests to consider the county for a stop has spread. In addition, CDOT project leader Michael Timlin said he’s been inundated with phone calls from concerned citizens in recent days.

  • Idaho Springs council mulls new marijuana regulations

    Citing concerns about a negative public perception, the Idaho Springs city council discussed ways to regulate the marijuana business, which has been booming since recreational pot use became legal Jan. 1.

    At a study session Monday, council members said they were leaning against allowing marijuana businesses to expand; were considering leaving the 70/30 rule that requires pot businesses to grow 70 percent of their own product; and did not favor allowing smoking clubs in the city.

  • The room next door

    The owners of Two Brothers Deli in Idaho Springs have expanded their culinary offerings to include a new monthly dining experience in their recently refurbished space next door.

    Appropriately called One Door Down, the new location at 1428 Miner St. offers a reservations-only dining experience every third Friday for a three-hour event with live music and a focus on creating community among local residents.

  • Tree-lighting rings in season — and tills

    Residents and visitors in Georgetown officially kicked off the holiday season Saturday with the festive annual tree-lighting ceremony.

    Revelers listened to holiday music and viewed the tree lighting, while several businesses took advantage of the evening crowd eager to begin their holiday shopping. 

    Business owners and town officials were delighted by the unseasonably warm temperatures, which drew more people downtown.

  • New consignment shop is clothes-minded

    Looking to escape the hectic life that comes with running a restaurant, Jessica Andrews recently moved to Idaho Springs and started Hidden Treasures Family Consignment.

    The family consignment shop at 1612 Miner St. offers men’s, women’s, teen’s and children’s clothing plus jewelry  For consignment clients, Andrews keeps 40 percent of the proceeds from a sale, and consignment customers can check the status of their items online. Shirts cost from $6 to $14 and pants generally between $5 and $20. 

  • A fresh start

    Three local moms frustrated with the lack of healthy options in grocery stores have decided to form their own membership-based food co-op in Clear Creek County.

    With Demeter’s Market, they hope to provide organic, healthy and locally grown foods while offering education to help other moms provide better options for their own families. This isn’t simply fruit and vegetables, but meat, bread, flour, spices and other offerings.

    Meredith Rogers, Dawn Alley and Stephanie Brown met while dropping their children off at preschool in Idaho Springs.

  • County approves Loveland’s expansion plan

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners on Aug. 13 approved a proposal from the Loveland Ski Area to expand and enhance the resort.

    While the plan, which is expected to take five to seven years to complete, has county approval, it still needs approvals from the U.S. Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • A rising concern

    Following her passion for bread of every shape and kind, veteran baker and business owner Kristin Wheelock recently started Mountain Girl Bakery in Georgetown.

    Her bakery, at 401½ Sixth St., may be physically small but is big on the magical smell of baking bread, the power of which drew in customers like a siren song on a recent Friday afternoon.

    Wheelock’s goal is simple: to have her customers experience “the best damn bread around.”

  • New restaurant has nostalgia on the menu

    The area’s newest restaurant, the Tributary at 244, represents a big helping of nostalgia for owner Matthew Vogler. 

    That’s because his mother, Diane Rohr, owned an eatery in the same location from 1980 to 1996 when it was the family-friendly Kermitts Roadhouse at its iconic location at 33295 Highway 6. The restaurant/bar subsequently became known as a biker hangout, and it closed earlier this year.

    Vogler actually took his first steps near the restaurant’s bar.

  • Home-buying incentives could lure teachers

    School officials believe a county-sponsored down-payment assistance program for home buying could give young families the incentive to move to and stay in the county.

    The idea, which school Superintendent Todd Lancaster brought to commissioners on July 9, fits in with an affordable housing plan the county has been discussing since mid-June.

    The goal of both programs would be to have adequate housing available throughout the county for both professionals and other members of the workforce, so they could live where they work.