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Today's News

  • Burro races bring rugged runners, sure-footed companions to Mining Days

    At first glance, it didn’t appear Jack the burro would be very speedy.
    Looking a little gaunt in the chest, and with his unkempt, shaggy facial hair, Jack looked perfectly comfortable trimming the lush grass at Courtney-Riley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs during Sunday’s burro races at Tommy Knockers Mining Days.

  • Work begins on I-70 peak-period shoulder lane

    Work started July 16 near Empire to build a $49 million “peak-period shoulder lane” on Interstate 70.

    The 13-mile-long shoulder lane — which will become a temporary express toll lane during busy traffic periods — is slated to be complete in fall 2015. While toll prices have not been announced publicly, they’ll fluctuate upward when traffic volume rises, according to Colorado Department of Transportation officials. Prices could range between $2 and $15 for travel in the toll lane, according to CDOT study information.

  • Bicyclists, residents in conflict

    County officials could erect “share the road” bicycle-friendly signs on Fall River Road soon, after two recent reports of confrontations between residents and bicyclists.

  • Remains of missing hikers found on Mount Evans

    Two bodies found last Thursday on Mount Evans were those of two hikers from Minnesota who went missing in April, a Clear Creek County sheriff’s officer has confirmed.

  • Pacing it forward

    Many people pass through Idaho Springs on their way to somewhere else, but few do it on foot — and even fewer are in the midst of a stroll across the country in both directions.
    Armand Young, 53, is making the walk while hefting a 63-pound pole draped with American flags, all in the name of kindness.

  • Bicyclists, residents in conflict

    County officials could erect “share the road” bicycle-friendly signs on Fall River Road soon, after two recent reports of confrontations between residents and bicyclists.

    In one dust-up in May, a person standing in a driveway confronted a group of cyclists on the road, according to Richard Handler, an Evergreen bicyclist who rides with Team Evergreen Cycling.  

    The resident indicated that bicyclists were not allowed to use the county road, Handler said. 

  • Local Boy Scout troop looking for members

    Clear Creek Boy Scout Troop 191 is looking for a few good members to join its ranks this summer.
    The troop, created in January, consists of about six students, and the group’s scoutmaster, Dane Matthew, hopes to double its ranks.
    “It’s about creating future citizens,” Matthew said. “It’s about citizens who understand the importance of giving back to their community, the importance of living a good quality life and instilling the values that Scouts teaches.”

  • Former police officer found 'not guilty' on assault charge

    A Clear Creek County jury found former Idaho Springs police officer James "Jim" Vogt not guilty of third-degree assault on Wednesday.  

    After a nine-hour trial, the jury deliberated for nearly two hours before reaching its verdict.  

    Vogt was charged with an alleged assault on a 41-year-old Idaho Springs woman on Sept. 27, 2013, at Carlson Elementary School. The allegation led to an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in early October, which resulted in the third-degree assault charge.

  • Xcel using choppers to bring power poles to Empire

    Xcel Energy is using Empire until September as a staging point for transporting transmission poles by helicopter.
    Mark Stutz, spokesman for Xcel Energy in Denver, said the utility is required by new federal standards to increase the clearance of its transmission lines.
    Xcel is working to replace about 25 poles along a transmission line from Georgetown to Winter Park. The work began in January, but the project was put on hold while the snow melted.

  • Barbed-wire fence along Highway 103 is removed

    Employees of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest recently removed nearly a mile of barbed-wire fencing from along Highway 103 to improve the area’s wildlife habitat and reduce animal fatalities.

    Forest Service spokeswoman Marcia Gilles said employee volunteers met July 10 to remove a fence along the Beaver Brook watershed between Witter Gulch and Old Squaw Pass Road.

    The Forest Service purchased the area in 2009, and decided the fence was both in a state of disrepair and dangerous to wildlife.