Local News

  • Argo Mine reopens after nearly 75 years

    After being closed to the public for nearly 75 years, Idaho Springs’ Argo Tunnel has reopened.

    Hundreds of people turned out to the Argo Gold Mill & Tunnel on May 17 to see the ceremonial ribbon cutting, put on red hardhats and walked down the 200-foot stretch of cold stone.

    At the end was a bulkhead, which resembled a bank vault door that held back more than 2 million gallons of water. Written upside down in permanent marker on the bulkhead was “Do not open.”

  • Community hosts second annual prom for senior citizens

    As Josh Turner’s “Your Man” played over the speakers, a female senior got up and asked one of the young men who were volunteering to dance. Swirling around several other couples, she taught him how to do a basic box step.

    Regardless of age, dancing experience or whether they knew their partner or not, the attendees at the prom for seniors were having a good time on the dance floor.

  • Clear Creek Boosters hope to build a multipurpose room at CCHS

    The Clear Creek Booster Club hopes this will finally be the year it will build a multipurpose room onto the high school.

    The proposed 42-foot by 42-foot steel building would become the wrestling team’s practice room, and it also would be used by other teams, according to athletic director Dave Schuessler.

  • Celebrating 10 years

    Warm rays of sunshine, a light breeze and the rush of Clear Creek fashioned the perfect backdrop Saturday for the sixth annual Canine on the Creek 5K.

    As more than 100 competitors lined up near the trail outside Charlie’s Place, waiting for the race to begin, Stacey Todd, programs manager with Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, welcomed the crowd.

  • Weather closes schools

    Clear Creek Schools are closed Thursday due to hazardous road conditions and inclement weather. 

  • Carlson Elementary to get a school resource officer

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is providing Carlson Elementary School with a school resource officer, and both the school and the department feel it is a win-win scenario.

    Principal Marcia Jochim said she couldn’t be more excited about getting an SRO in the school.

  • Workforce apartment plans get tentative approve by Idaho Springs council

    Workforce housing may be available in Idaho Springs in a couple of years, if the developer can get tax credits from the state.

    Developer Herman & Kittle Properties, based in Indiana, hopes to build a 43-unit, three-story apartment building at 2544 Colorado Blvd. It received tentative approval from the Idaho Springs City Council on May 8.

  • County’s new trails supervisor to manage recreation areas

    Clear Creek hired a trails supervisor to manage, maintain and upgrade the county’s trail systems.

    The supervisor plus three trail hands are temporary positions through September, at a cost of $59,000, though county officials hope to make the supervisor position permanent.

    Trails supervisor James Kovaly said his job will consist of planning, designing, building and maintaining multiuse trails.

    “As part of our effort here, we're going to do a trails inventory and a trails assessment,” Kovaly said.

  • It’s the last rodeo for the Oh My Gawd series

    The Oh My Gawd Rodeo is preparing for its last two performances before riding off into the sunset.

    The 20-year-old rodeo’s final performances are scheduled for June 2 and 16.

    “We have decided that this is going to be our last year,” said Laura Allen, longtime rodeo organizer and a member of the Clear Creek Fairgrounds Association.

    Allen said both she and organization president Loren “Biff” Eckles were ready to retire from the rodeo business.

  • Polis promises to fight for federal education funding

    While federal funding for some education programs may be cut under the Trump administration, school districts need not be too concerned about possible changes championed by the new education secretary, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis told county commissioners and the Clear Creek school board.

    “I do a lot of work in education as the ranking Democrat on the Education Committee,” Polis said at a meeting Thursday at Two Brothers Deli. “We are working hard to preserve and protect a lot of the funding streams that the district relies on.”