Local News

  • Pack burro racing a multigenerational tradition

    The legends on how exactly pack burro racing got started vary. One legend says two miners found gold at the same spot and raced to town to stake a claim first. Another tells of drunken miners in Leadville who decided to make some easy money by racing with their burros.

    With each four-legged competitor carrying a pack resembling what the miners once carried, the sport is deeply rooted in state’s mining history and heritage.

  • Georgetown off to strong 2017 revenue-wise

    Georgetown has started 2017 strong, with year-to-date sales tax revenues 8 percent higher than the same time last year.

    Accounting for January-May sales tax revenues, Georgetown is 38 percent higher year-to-date than its five-year average, according to records provided by Town Treasurer Mary Sims. In total, Georgetown has grossed $257,147 in sales tax revenue for 2017 thus far — $22,033 more than the town had at this time last year.

  • Georgetown hires interim town administrator

    The Town of Georgetown has approved hiring an interim town administrator. The Board of Selectmen approved the decision at its July 11 meeting.
    Alisha Reis, a municipal management professional who recently worked as the town administrator for Nederland, was unanimously chosen. Reis will serve as interim town administrator for six months while current town administrator Tom Hale is on medical leave. Reis still needs to sign the contract.

  • Volunteers restore century-old shelters on trail to Mount Evans

    Imagine hiking to Mount Evans 100 years ago — and stopping at two new shelters in Clear Creek County that provide some respite from weather and wildlife along the way.

    Fast-forward to Saturday, and 15 volunteers hiked to the same spot to refurbish them, so hikers in the next century can enjoy the shelters — and the history — they provide.

  • Police briefs

    Police seeking suspect in chainsaw theft

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is looking for a man who took a Stihl chainsaw valued at $700 from Mountain Tool & Feed on July 12.

    Based on security footage at the store, Idaho Springs police are looking for a white man with brown hair and a goatee who was driving a 1990s Ford Escort wagon.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Rich Sonnenberg at 303-567-4291.

    Auxiliary officer position being considered

  • Idaho Springs Market canceled

    The Idaho Springs Market has been canceled for the rest of the summer even after moving to its new location at the Idahoe Mall.

    “We felt that at the time, with the limited attendance that we’ve had from our local people and out-of-town people and the limited amount of vendors that we had … it was in our best interest to cancel it for this year,” said interim Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce president Patti Tyler.

  • To charge or not to charge: Hikers have mixed reactions to permit proposals for Mount Bierstadt

    It was another beautiful day at the Mount Bierstadt trailhead on Guanella Pass, and hikers were busy enjoying the popular 14er. Cars parked illegally on the sides of the road and the parking lot was nearly full, proving once again it’s one of Colorado’s most popular hiking destinations.

  • Idaho Springs council looking at more lighting on Soda Creek Road

Idaho Springs officials are considering putting additional pedestrian lights along Soda Creek Road to make it safer for pedestrians.

    The City of Idaho Springs on July 10 approved a $7,000 design study to determine how many, what types and the cost for additional lighting.

    The city is planning to rebuild Soda Creek Road with the help of a 1 percent sales-tax boost approved by city residents in 2014. The $1 million construction project will include new water and sewer lines and sidewalks.

  • Roundabout decoration construction to start in October

    Construction on a mining scene that includes a mining head frame will begin in October at the roundabout on the east end of Colorado Boulevard.

    The Idaho Springs city council approved spending $17,000 to build the structure and awarded the contract to Wallace Landscaping in Idaho Springs. The 20-foot-tall mining head frame will be similar to one at the Idaho Springs Visitors Center.

  • Idaho Springs considers mountain biking park near Argo Mine

    Idaho Springs officials are looking into whether city property north of the Argo Mine could become a mountain biking destination.

    Called Area 28, it is part of 500 acres of Bureau of Land Management land the city received from the county in 1994.

    “Why haven’t we done something with this?” Alan Tiefenbach, the city’s community development planner, asked the city council on July 10. Tiefenbach rediscovered the area while doing work on the Argo property last year.