Today's News

  • A definite lifestyle change

    Editor’s note: With the growing popularity of Clear Creek’s recreational amenities, the Courant is taking a look at the people who manage, clean and protect the county’s campgrounds. This is the last of a three-part series.

    After living in Denver for 46 years, Steve Newell was looking for a change.

  • Idaho Springs rolls out plans for mountain bike trails

    Mountain bike and hiking enthusiasts on Aug. 9 got their first glimpse at some of the proposed trails planned for a parcel near the Argo Mine and Mill known as Area 28.

    Attendees at the town hall meeting asked questions and reviewed plans for the site, which is being largely targeted for mountain bike use.

    Plans call for the city land north of the Argo Mine and Mill to have 20 trail segments and 12 miles of multi-use trails, which the city hopes to have professionally designed.

  • Argo gets $15,000 Historic Colorado grant

    The Argo Mill and Mine in Idaho Springs has received a $15,000 matching grant from Historic Colorado to help pay for a $30,000 physical assessment of the iconic red mill.

    The site owners will use the money to hire an engineer to assess the physical condition of the mill, said Bob Bowland, one of the Argo’s owners and a city council member.

    “It is a physical assessment of the building … so it is not repairs or anything like that, but it is an evaluation of the mill building primarily,” he said.

  • Clear Creek schools back in session next week

    Clear Creek schools will be filled with the sounds of students’ voices next week as the 2017-18 school year gets underway.

    Districtwide, technology is a focus for schools as several elementary school classrooms now have state-of-the-art Smartboards, and students in those classrooms will have access to Chromebook electronic tablets to use during school.

    Every student at Clear Creek High School will be loaned a Chromebook for the school year, and next year, middle school students will get them.

  • Georgetown adds ballot question to November election

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen has approved adding a question to the November ballot on whether the town will be authorized to provide possible future cable and internet service.

    The selectmen unanimously approved adding this question at its regular meeting on Aug. 8 at the town hall.

    Clear Creek County had the same question on its November 2015 ballot, which county voters approved with 86 percent in favor.

  • ‘Never seen anything like that’ -- A CU professor's total eclipse experience

    By Alissa Noe

    Doug Duncan has seen his fair share of total solar eclipses during his career as an astronomer, but for the University of Colorado professor and director of Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, the eclipse next week will be the closest one to hit near home.

    “This is total eclipse No. 10 for me,” Duncan said. “I’ve seen them in China, South Africa, Bolivia, (the) Galapagos (Islands) and Mexico. Those are ones that come to mind.”

  • Steaking a claim at St. Mary’s

    The breeze around St. Mary’s Fire Station on Saturday afternoon carried the smell of dry rubs, marinades, cooked vegetables and the smoke from charcoal grills.

    After the cooks turned in their steaks, many passed around leftovers for their audience and competitors alike to sample. The steaks were soft and juicy, bursting with flavor from the rubs and the smoke, and left people’s tastebuds with an impression so powerful, it’s a wonder anyone could restrict themselves to only one sample from each cook.

  • No Watershed Festival this year

    The Clear Creek Watershed Festival is being canceled this year due to construction at the festival’s home for the past eight years, Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs.

    The educational event, which runs the third Saturday in September, is on pause until the work along Colorado Boulevard ends. The park is being expanded as part of the work.

    The festival is hosted by the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation, which works to improve the conditions of the local watershed.

  • Recent rain helps put Front Range in ‘goldilocks’ conditions

    After a dry June, the National Weather Service is reporting healthy rainfall for the Front Range throughout July and early August.

    Sheriff’s offices in Clear Creek, Jefferson and Park counties enacted fire bans in late June and early July. However, the past four weeks of persistent afternoon showers have helped alleviate fire dangers throughout the region, said NWS-Boulder forecaster Kyle Fredin. Most locations are now reporting low to moderate fire danger, he explained.

  • Tours to take advantage of Georgetown’s haunted past

    Halloween may still be a ways off, but in Georgetown, it is whispering just around the corner.

    Passionate about storytelling and history, Anne Marie Cannon is creating Silver Queen Walking Tours and plans to offer ghost tours through Georgetown on weekends from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

    She plans to give recognition to the eerie specters still haunting the buildings and streets of the town during 90-minute tours that will cost $15. Tours will start at 614 Taos St., Suite 1, and end at the Hotel de Paris.