Local News

  • Commissioners delay decision on pot growing

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners again have delayed a decision about where legal marijuana growing may be allowed in the county in the future.

  • Clear Creek transfer station seeing more customers


    Clear Creek has seen an increase in trash and recycle drop-off business, now that the Evergreen transfer station is closed, according to Clear Creek transfer station manager Bob Tiedermann.

    In response, county officials plan to discuss a fee restructuring in the near future to capture more revenue, said Jo Ann Sorensen, county land use division director, who oversees the transfer station.

  • City, county honor law officers

    To show gratitude for the hard work of law enforcement officers, Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman signed a resolution last Friday making it Idaho Springs Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

    The resolution came on the heels of a similar measure passed by the county supporting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9.

    The idea for both resolutions came from Idaho Springs Elks Lodge exalted ruler Troy Erickson after the lodge wrote thank-you letters to each sheriff’s deputy and Idaho Springs police officer.

  • Developer hopes to build preschool at apartment complex

    A future preschool could draw residents to an 80- to 100-unit apartment complex planned for 5 acres in Idaho Springs, according to the developer.

    The apartment complex is planned to be built south of Interstate 70 and east of the town ballfields near the west side of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels where two houses now sit, said David Zucker, who plans to build it.

    It appears there’s a demand for early-childhood education, Zucker said, and the preschool would help fill it.

  • There’s a new sheriff in town — but many thanks go to Krueger

    Surrounded by employees, co-workers, county officials and friends, longtime Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said goodbye to public service at his retirement party on Jan. 7.

    Krueger received plaques, a resolution recognizing his service, accolades, a memorial coin, a “retired” badge, and a standing ovation.

    “Thank you. It’s been a hell of a ride,” said Krueger, who served as a deputy sheriff from 1988 to 1995 and as sheriff from 1995 to 2015.

  • Bridge work continues

    Work was done on the new Colorado 103 bridge in Idaho Springs for the second of three nights Monday as CDOT continues its push to end delays and complete the contentious project by the end of the month. 

  • Idaho Springs hires city planner

    Idaho Springs officials have hired long-time county resident Geoffrey King as the city planner.

    King started work Monday and replaces former city planner Tim Katers, who left the position last fall after three months on the job to pursue a position as a disaster recovery specialist in Loveland.

    King will work part-time and be paid $25.48 hour to work with developers, city staff and the planning commission, while handling "land-use matters." The final description of the city planner's duties is not yet finalized.

  • County public works director resigns

    After 22 years of service, Clear Creek Public Works Director Tim Allen plans to resign Jan. 16.

    Karl Shell, the county’s west district public works foreman, will serve as the interim public works director, Montag said. Allen submitted his resignation Dec. 16, but the information was not made public until Tuesday.

  • Centura could open county clinic

    Centura Health could be the next health-care provider in Clear Creek County.

    Englewood-based Centura was the only respondent to a recent county request for interest from health providers. Centura is well known in mountain communities for its Flight For Life helicopter service and in Denver and the region for its 15 hospitals, including St. Anthony Hospital.

    Clear Creek County currently has no health clinic or provider that will accept Medicaid patients.

  • Murder-for-hire trial to begin Jan. 27

    A four-day jury trial for Idaho Springs resident Haley Stanfield, arrested last May on suspicion of trying to persuade her late son’s father to kill her boyfriend, is set to begin Jan. 27.

    In July, 5th Judicial District Judge Wayne Patton found sufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal trial against Stanfield, who faces a charge of solicitation of first-degree murder. Conviction of the class 2 felony could carry a sentence of eight to 24 years in prison.