• Restaurant inspections to be posted on county website

    Restaurant patrons in Clear Creek County will be able to go online to check health inspections of their favorite eateries, starting July 1.

    Clear Creek public health officials plan to post restaurant inspections on the county website — http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/ — starting on that date, Charlotte Hampson, lead environmental health specialist in Clear Creek County, told the county commissioners at a recent meeting.

  • Tennessee doctor abandons plan for clinic in Springs

    The former Idaho Springs Lumber Co. is back on the market, after a Tennessee doctor decided not to put a health care clinic there after all.

    The 1-acre property at 1965 Miner St. is listed for $539,000 with ReMax Mountain Realty. Tennessee doctor Toby Hampton said a year ago that he bought the property for $450,000.

    At the time, Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in the next 18 months. He operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee. 

  • Rafting business seeing rapid growth in Clear Creek

    A record 72,224 rafting tourists plied the waters of Clear Creek in the 2014 season, more than double the 35,422 rafters recorded just two years earlier, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

    "Fantastic water" coming from the 2013-14 winter snowpack and the continuing economic rebound across the state were the two biggest contributing factors to the increase, said John Cantamessa, owner of Colorado Adventure Center, which operates in Idaho Springs as well as other locations in the state.

  • Tennessee doctor puts plans for local clinic on hold

    A Tennessee doctor’s plans for a new office in Idaho Springs are “on hold” because of health issues.

    In May, Toby Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in Idaho Springs within six to 18 months on the former lumberyard property on Miner Street. Last week, Hampton said he was delaying those plans, in an e-mail response to questions posed by a Clear Creek Courant reporter.

  • Da Rivuh brings Cajun cuisine to Idaho Springs

    A restaurant site downtown is getting a Cajun name and makeover, with Southern favorites such as crawfish fondue on the menu.

    Soon-to-open Da Rivuh Fish and BBQ Company at 1446 Miner St. also has a new, nautical paint job of light blue, navy and tan. The dark purple ceiling is now painted light-blue at the former Mangia! Italian restaurant, said Whitney Smith, who co-owns the building with husband Doug Smith.

  • A bridge project too lengthy

    Idaho Springs business owners and residents remain frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70, despite promotional efforts from the Colorado Department of Transportation to help salvage what's left of the holiday shopping season.

    CDOT and bridge project construction officials met with an agitated crowd at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Idaho Springs. CDOT is expanding the Highway 103 bridge to accommodate the $72 million eastbound toll lane being built on Interstate 70.

  • New chamber president notes need for musical events

    The new president of the Idaho Springs chamber hopes to bring a renewed sense of energy and focus to the organization.

    Jason Siegal, 33, who manages the Kine Mine, an Idaho Springs marijuana shop, also wants the chamber to help the city host more musical events this year.

    “I feel that bringing an entertainment element to the city will bring more tourists,” Siegal said.

  • Indian Hot Springs has new owner

    The Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs has been sold to the former owner of Hot Sulphur Springs near Granby.

    While the sale price has not been recorded yet, the property is valued at $1.53 million by the county assessor’s office. That assessment is based on market value for the land in 2012, and would not include the value of the business or the water rights, according to Diane Settle, county assessor. County assessments are about two years in arrears of the current time period.

  • Zip-line owners buy additional parcel, plan new check-in site

    Owners of the Colorado Adventure Center in Dumont paid $250,000 for a 5-acre parcel next to their existing zip-line and rafting operation on Stanley Road near Idaho Springs.

  • Clear Creek rates high in personal income

    Clear Creek County has the third highest average personal income in the state at $59,970, according to statistics released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    But federal statistics can be misleading, according to County Commissioner Tom Hayden. Per-capita income can look “very skewed” in a county of just 9,000 residents, he said.