Local News

  • Love summits all

    Having a wedding ceremony on a mountaintop; snowboarding to the reception; dancing for the first time as a married couple in ski boots — it’s all par for the slopes for couples who married or renewed their vows at Loveland Ski Area on Valentine’s Day.

    Seventy couples celebrated by participating in Loveland’s 26th annual “Marry Me & Ski For Free Mountaintop Matrimony” ceremony and reception. Fourteen of the 70 couples officially were married, and the remainder renewed their vows.

  • Mountain Area Science Fair winners

    2017 Mountain Area Science Fair Results


    Division II  2nd and 3rd Grade


    First place, Avery Zouski, Bergen, “Capillary Action”, second place, Amend Balderas, Parmalee, “Fastest Track”, third place, Benny Vath, Evergreen Country Day School, “Floaty Boaty”, fourth place, Carter Wilson, West Jeff, “Tornado in a Bottle”.



  • Students’ high-tech projects see how the cookie crumbles at science fair

    Who needs a computer search engine when there’s the Mountain Area Science Fair?

    At this year’s fair recently, attendees could learn about what recipe makes the best chocolate-chip cookie, which water filter works best, whether electricity can be made from lemons, which diaper holds the most water, and whether dogs, cats or humans have the most bacteria in their mouths.

  • Prospector bus seeing more ridership

    The county’s Prospector bus nearly doubled its ridership in January over the previous month, and the county is considering eliminating some stops so it can add a second loop through the county in the morning and afternoon.

    The bus service started in December and provided rides to only 25 people that month. In January the Prospector provided transportation for 48 people, and county officials hope that number will continue to grow.

    County spokesman John Bryan attributed the increase to better education and promotion.

  • Motorists, skiers facing high avalanche danger

    This year’s winter weather — which has brought both light, fluffy snow and snow with significant water content — has led to higher avalanche risk in Clear Creek County.

    The Colorado Avalanche Information Center warns of “dangerous avalanche conditions” in Clear Creek and advises travelers in the backcountry to be cautious.

  • County officials hope to focus on protecting recreational areas

    County officials plan to focus this year on better managing outdoor recreational amenities in light of the public’s overuse of Mount Bierstadt and other popular destinations in Clear Creek.

    “With the continued growth of the Denver metro area and the entire state, we realize the importance of effective forest and recreational area management,” County Manager Keith Montag said. “The county wants to balance that increased recreational use and tourism while recognizing the concerns of residents in terms of safety, privacy and quality of life.”

  • Georgetown seeks candidates for mayor, board positions

    Georgetown is gearing up for its regular town election on April 3, with four seats on the town board and the mayor’s position up for election.

    Petitions are available at town hall for anyone interested in self-nominating, and those interested in running have until March 2 to collect the signatures of 10 registered voters. Candidates are required to have lived for one year in the ward where they’re running and to be registered voters.

  • EMS calls continue to increase

    Calls to Clear Creek EMS this winter are at an all-time high, straining the agency’s workforce and funding.

    The last 20 days of December and first 20 days of January saw the ambulance service respond to 275 calls.

    "A lot of these days were at least 120 percent of average, but when we get into January, we're looking at 200 percent of average on a lot of days," said Clear Creek EMS director Nicolena Johnson. "And this is traditionally a pretty busy time of year for us, (but) this was unprecedented."

  • Clear Creek will use cameras to monitor trail use

    Clear Creek County will install cameras on select trails this year to help count users, so it can use the data to apply for grants to maintain and improve the county’s trail system.

    “We have no idea how many people are on our trails, and we know that more people are finding out about them because we’re seeing people on them, and we never used to,” said Beth Luther, a member of the county’s recreation coalition and the county’s trails budget manager.

  • Cuddly creatures become the stuff of horror

    After the kids got their hands on the stuffed animals, the furry companions stopped looking like their cuddly toy selves and more like ER patients.

    Blood, guts, severed limbs, missing eyeballs and stuffing strewn all over the place. Nemo, Dory, Scooby-Doo, and even a baby doll could not escape the carnage.

    Twenty-seven youngsters “zombified” stuffed animals last Friday at the Idaho Springs library. The toys will be used as decorations for the “zombie petting zoo” during the library’s Zombie Dance this weekend.