• County will require annual permit for food trucks

    Food trucks will need to apply for annual permits to operate in the county, though one operator believes the permits are redundant and unnecessary.

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners approved the permitting process Feb. 23 to ensure food-truck vendors comply with zoning rules and state and local regulations. The initial permit will cost $100, with an annual renewal fee of $50.

  • Opening this business was a big step

    With her strong passion for and storied history in the performing arts, Nycole Cropper recently opened NYC Dance in Idaho Springs. 

    The dance school at 1639 Miner St. will offer lessons to children, teenagers and adults.

    Dance is something Cropper knows a lot about.

    Originally from Greeley, she essentially grew up in the dance studio her mother operated. 

  • Echo Mountain owner files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The owner of Echo Mountain Resort has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a move she said will help her restructure debt but shouldn’t immediately affect operations.

  • KGOAT may be headed for a new pasture

    While board members for KYGT-FM would prefer the station remain in the 1920s-era cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs, they are in preliminary discussions with the new owners of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill to move the radio station there.

    The station is looking at its options in case it has to move from the cabin located where Miner Street and Colorado Boulevard converge. The station has been at that location for 15 years.

  • Denver’s Dana Crawford sees big future for Argo Mine

    The Argo Gold Mine and Mill in Idaho Springs is the perfect location for future development, according to iconic Denver developer Dana Crawford.

    “In the real estate business, the hackneyed expression is always ‘location, location, location,’ “ said Crawford, who is known for developing Denver’s Union Station, Larimer Square and the Oxford Hotel.

  • Hegmann Funeral Service gets new owners

    After 15 years in business, Hegmann Funeral Service in Idaho Springs has new owners.

    Leadville residents Shannon Kent and wife Staci recently purchased the funeral home from Chris Hegmann.

    The Kents operate funeral homes in Leadville and Silverthorne. The business will be called Hegmann Kent Funeral Home. Shannon Kent is also the Lake County coroner.

    For his part, Hegmann, who started the business in 2001, plans to stay in the community and pursue his interest of going into ministry and celebrant services, providing funeral services.

  • Hotel, restaurants, housing planned by new owners of Argo Mine

    A 160-room hotel, conference center, restaurants, retail and 200 housing units are planned by the new owners of the historic Argo Gold Mine and Mill in Idaho Springs.

    The prominent 27-acre Idaho Springs tourist attraction and former mining mill was purchased Jan. 11 for an undisclosed amount by a group of six business partners, including Idaho Springs residents Bob Bowland and Mary Jane Loevlie, and Denver developer Dana Crawford. Crawford is known for the development of Larimer Square, the Oxford Hotel and Denver Union Station.

  • Mountains Taxi up and running again

     Mountains Taxi has resumed service and once again began taking reservations on Dec. 17, with drivers hitting the streets on Friday. 

    The interruption in service came after the company was notified of an increase in the cost of its liability insurance just days before the policy was to expire, said Chris Phelps, an owner of Mountains Taxi, which suspended service Nov. 11. The company has found another insurance provider.

  • Loveland Ski Area opens

    Loveland Ski Area last Thursday became the second Colorado resort to open, despite the dry and determined efforts of an unseasonably warm fall to prevent it.

    Often in the running to be the first resort to open in Colorado, Loveland was a few weeks behind its typical start date. Arapahoe Basin opened in late October.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.