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Today's News

  • Rec district OKs $6.6 million for center renovation

    The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District board on July 23 approved spending $6.6 million to renovate and expand the rec center in Idaho Springs after months of downsizing so the project would meet the budget.

  • Former Springs police officer Vogt is 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 related to an incident last September.  
    After a nine-hour trial, the jury deliberated for nearly two hours before reaching its verdict. The jury foreman then read a statement: “The conduct was definitely very inappropriate but not found to be illegal.”

  • Mount Bierstadt getting $200,000 in trail work

    With 35,000 hikers potentially damaging fragile tundra on Mount Bierstadt every year, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative crews are conducting a $200,000 trail fix-up project there.
    Another estimated 35,000 people are at Mount Evans annually, which also erodes the mountain environment, said Lloyd Athearn, executive director of the nonprofit group. Athearn is spearheading a local fund-raising effort for trail fix-up, since hikers bring untold economic benefit to the region as well.

  • G-town board wants to repair buildings with code violations

    In an effort to keep historic buildings in Georgetown structurally sound, the Town Board approved on first reading an ordinance that would let the town fix buildings cited for code violations and charge the owners.
    “The board has been looking for solutions to encourage property owners to stabilize historic buildings and not demolish them,” Town Administrator Tom Hale said at the July 22 meeting.
    According to the current building code, if a property owner is cited for violations, the owner can fix the problem or demolish the building.

  • Springs’ interim city administrator believes communication is key

    Idaho Springs’ interim city administrator plans to spend her days improving communication and involvement among the staff, elected officials and the public.
    Phyllis Adams was appointed interim administrator by the city council after it accepted the resignation of Cindy Condon, who had been the city administrator for 11 years.
    Adams is a former city council member and former city clerk, and last year unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Mike Hillman.

  • Firefighters douse blaze in national forest

    Firefighters extinguished the largest forest fire so far this year in Clear Creek County last Thursday near Idaho Springs in the Arapaho National Forest.
    According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire was a mile south of the Barbour Forks trailhead.
    County Fire Chief Kelly Babeon said the blaze was caused by lightning and burned a quarter acre that afternoon. An acre is roughly the size of a football field.
    Forest Service personnel kept an eye on the location for 24 hours to watch for flare-ups.

  • Housing agency weighs options for Clear Creek

    Fewer mobile homes and more income-restricted homes that workers can afford to buy or rent could become the mantra of the Summit Combined Housing Authority and Clear Creek County.
    The new housing authority group offers educational and financial housing programs to Clear Creek County residents. It was created this spring under the auspices of the Summit County Housing Authority, which is based in Summit County.

  • 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.

  • Costa Rican native Zumbado tops field in the grueling race

    By Chelsy Woods Klein
    For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — Traveling 15 1/4 miles is A little more than a drop in the bucket when you are almost 2,500 miles from home like Costa Rican native Gabriel Zumbado was.