• Tennessee doctor details plan for Idaho Springs clinic

    Depending on the level of financial assistance he receives, a Tennessee-based doctor is planning to open a medical clinic in Idaho Springs within six to 18 months.

    Dr. Toby Andrew Hampton, who operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee, has said he is planning to build a clinic on the former lumber yard property on Miner Street.

    Hampton said he is talking with local officials about the possibility of grants and financial assistance for needed renovation work that could help him open his practice sooner rather than later.

  • ‘Upcycling’ is on the rise

    In what is undoubtedly a match made in heaven, Tommyknocker Brewery and Morning Gold Bakery have joined forces to create a beer doughnut.

    That’s right: a beer doughnut.

    The Idaho Springs businesses are using the spent grains from the brewing of Tommyknocker beer — and some of the beer itself — to create a hearty, sweet and substantial doughnut.

    For lack of a catchier moniker, it’s called the Tommyknocker beer doughnut.

  • A change of scenery

    The views from Silver Lake Lodge are simply breathtaking.

    The snow-covered mountains and valleys seen from the lodge, which is St. Mary’s Glacier’s new bed-and-breakfast, harken to a more rugged time.

    Conversely, inside the lodge is the epitome of comfort: lavish furnishings, comfortable rooms, gourmet food, crackling fires, friendly Kona the golden retriever — and no televisions in the rooms.

    That’s the whole idea.

  • G-town planning sales-tax rebate to help expanding businesses

    Georgetown hopes to spur economic development with a sales-tax incentive for successful businesses.

    The town council recently gave initial approval to the program. Here’s how it would work: A new business or an existing business planning to expand would negotiate an agreement with city officials on a tax rebate based on the anticipated increase in sales-tax revenue. The rebate would be in effect for a set time period and would top out at 50 percent of the new revenue. 

  • Tourism Bureau installs 3 new signs

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau recently installed three signs in the county to advertise amenities to tourists.

    The aluminum signs, installed Jan. 29, are at Floyd Hill, near Loveland Ski Area and on Berthoud Pass. 

    The bureau hopes the new, more durable signs will catch the eye of passing motorists.

    The county’s previous sign near Loveland was destroyed by a motorist some years ago, and the sign on Floyd Hill recently was knocked down by 150-mph winds. The sign on Berthoud Pass is a new addition.

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s profit

    Local marijuana entrepreneurs say they are still reaping the benefits in the wake of sales of recreational pot becoming legal in Colorado on Jan. 1.

    According to Idaho Springs City Administrator Cindy Condon, it’s still too early to guess what the fledgling industry will generate in sales-tax revenue, but business owners insist the future is bright.

    “It was a good month,” Theran Snyder, owner of the Kine Mine in Idaho Springs, said about January. “I couldn’t be happier with business; there’s no doubt about that.”

  • 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.