Today's News

  • Motorists will pay toll in eastbound tunnel lane

    Drivers will pay a toll in the third lane of the eastbound Veterans Memorial Tunnels starting next fall, according to a state transportation spokeswoman.

    For now, the new lane will not be tolled, said spokeswoman Amy Ford. But once a $72 million toll lane project wraps up from Empire to Idaho Springs, the lane will be tolled, Ford said. The project is scheduled to be completed next fall.

  • A bridge project too lengthy

    Idaho Springs business owners and residents remain frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70, despite promotional efforts from the Colorado Department of Transportation to help salvage what's left of the holiday shopping season.

    CDOT and bridge project construction officials met with an agitated crowd at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Idaho Springs. CDOT is expanding the Highway 103 bridge to accommodate the $72 million eastbound toll lane being built on Interstate 70.

  • CDOT now considering westbound toll lane on I-70

    Now that a $72 million eastbound toll lane is being built on Interstate 70, is it time to look at building a westbound toll lane?

    That’s the question transportation officials are asking as they wrap up construction to widen the westbound bore of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels, said Amy Ford, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. The westbound toll lane may be built from the top of Floyd Hill to Empire Junction.

  • Clear Creek to use reserve funds for projects

    Clear Creek County officials plan to use about $7.4 million in squirreled-away reserves to “get some things done” in the 2015 budget, according to Carl Small, county finance director.

    County commissioners approved a $46.5 million budget for 2015 on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Estimated 2015 revenue — mostly from property tax revenue — is expected to be about $39 million. Budget reserves that carry over from year to year were used to make up the balance, Small said.

  • Da Rivuh brings Cajun cuisine to Idaho Springs

    A restaurant site downtown is getting a Cajun name and makeover, with Southern favorites such as crawfish fondue on the menu.

    Soon-to-open Da Rivuh Fish and BBQ Company at 1446 Miner St. also has a new, nautical paint job of light blue, navy and tan. The dark purple ceiling is now painted light-blue at the former Mangia! Italian restaurant, said Whitney Smith, who co-owns the building with husband Doug Smith.

  • County officials weighing feasibility of event center

    If they build an event center, will tourists come?

    That’s the question Clear Creek officials want to answer.  They’re asking consultants to submit bids by Friday, Jan. 9, for an event center feasibility study. No suggested amount has been set for a high bid as a way to encourage consultants to compete with one another, according to Bob Loeffler, county attorney.

    In all, the county has set aside $250,000 for the event center project in its 2015 budget.

  • Resident to dish out cheer with free dinner

    Hoping to lend a helping hand during the holidays, a longtime local resident is hosting a free pre-Christmas dinner for those in need on Dec. 23 at the United Church hall in Idaho Springs.

    Starting at 4:30 p.m. and running until she’s served as many as 100 people, Marilyn Quigley hopes to help fill the gap left by Loaves & Fishes in Idaho Springs as it closes this Friday for the holiday season. It will reopen Jan. 2.

  • Georgetown’s Hamill House hosts magical Christmas tradition

    In an era of light-up Rudolph neckties, seven-dollar triple-shot peppermint lattes and Black Friday, it’s easy to forget there once was a better way to celebrate Christmas.

  • G-town lands grant for trail around lake

    Georgetown was awarded a $56,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to plan the remainder of a trail that will ring Georgetown Lake.

    “This project at Georgetown Lake is, I’d say, a huge asset to Clear Creek County and to even a lot of folks on the Front Range that travel to Georgetown Lake to recreate,” said Jake Houston, GOCO’s local government program manager. “It’s a huge recreational asset.”

  • Clear Creek misses the bus

    Clear Creek County wants to get on the bus — a new bus planned from Denver to Glenwood, that is.

    County Commissioner Tim Mauck is mighty unhappy that no stop is planned in Clear Creek County on a commuter bus route planned by the state transportation department to start next spring.