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Today's News

  • Bench fills deep-seated need for friendship

    Children feeling left out or lonely on the playground soon will find a helping hand in Carlson Elementary School’s new buddy bench.

    Last Thursday near the Idaho Springs football field, social worker Lauren Courtney helped paint the wooden bench the school’s vibrant yellow and blue colors.

    The bench will be presented to the students later this month and find its permanent home on the playground. Not just anyone can sit on the bench; you have to be looking for a friend.

  • Council approves rezoning for Argo Mine redevelopment

    The Idaho Springs city council approved the rezoning of 20 acres at the Argo Gold Mine and Mill to allow for a hotel, restaurant and multi-family housing.

    The council unanimously approved the decision on Nov. 28 to change the zoning to commercial-1; the property previously had been zoned planned-unit development, natural resource preservation conservation and mining-1.

    The city’s planning commission had recommended the rezoning on Nov. 3.

  • A home at last

    With the boundless energy of a 6-year-old, Steven Hanners zoomed through the house, racing around the legs of the adults, occasionally giving out hugs and thoroughly exploring his new home.

    His excitement was shared by his grandparents, Cheri Brown and John Caldwell, who stood in the living room of their Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity house in Empire during a dedication ceremony Dec. 1.

    The three-bedroom house at 64 S. Avery St. is the first of eight Habitat houses planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

  • City launches program to promote nighttime safety for bike riders

    The Idaho Springs Police Department kicked off an educational effort last week to promote nighttime bicycle safety, and city officials plan to discuss requiring helmets for children.

    The department hopes to educate residents this month by making contact with bicyclists who have inadequate safety devices before taking any official action in January, but Police Chief Chris Malanka said even then, police don’t plan to levy fines.

  • Verizon wins approval for cell-phone antenna in Idaho Springs

    Cell-phone users may soon experience improved service when traveling near Idaho Springs.

    The city council on Nov. 28 approved a request to allow Verizon Wireless to install a 35-foot repeater antenna on city property near the wastewater treatment plant.

    The company will lease the 44-square-foot property from the city for $750 a month.

    Idaho Springs community planner Alan Tiefenbach said Verizon Wireless determined the capacity along Interstate 70 and in Idaho Springs was inadequate.

  • Santa Shop sends out call for assistance

    Santa could use a little help this year from Clear Creek County residents.

    Donations are down for the annual nonprofit Santa Shop, a gift-giving event on Dec. 16 and 17 for children in need.

    The organization sets up giving trees around the county, and each is decorated with “mittens” requesting an article of clothing or other gift for a boy or girl of a certain age. Donated items are dropped off in boxes near the trees, and the gifts are collected and taken to the Santa Shop at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge, where parents pick them up.

  • King-Murphy Scouts perform at Holiday Walk

    Almost 30 Girl Scouts from King-Murphy Elementary School sang Christmas carols during Evergreen’s Holiday Walk on Friday evening.

    Girl Scout Troop 2049 took the main stage about 6:30 p.m. as snow was falling and as dozens of family members, friends and passers-by watched and waited.

    The young performers shined as they sang the classics: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (all the lyrics), “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Feliz Navidad.”

  • Hands of the carpenter

    Most people see a chair as merely a place to sit. For Jonathan Gerspach, though, a single chair can represent hours of work — designing, measuring, building, crafting and finishing.

    Gerspach, a Clear Creek County resident, is a woodworker and furniture craftsman, and his passion for the work is demonstrated by his dedication to it. Each week, he spends 60 to 80 hours building custom furniture: headboards, tables, benches, desks, pergolas, chairs and dressers.

  • Planning begins for westbound toll lane on I-70

    The Colorado Department of Transportation and local officials have begun talks on creating a westbound peak-period shoulder lane on Interstate 70.

    While funding has not yet been identified for the project from Floyd Hill to Empire Junction, construction could begin by the end of 2018, according to Stephen Harelson, west program manager for CDOT’s Region 1.

    Before construction can begin, initial planning will take about six months, and an environmental assessment will take a year to 18 months.

  • A roundup of road, trail projects in Springs

    In addition to possible construction of a westbound peak-period shoulder lane on Interstate 70, several other projects are being planned or are under way in Idaho Springs.

    Here is a recap of the work:

    Colorado Boulevard

    Construction on phase two of the Colorado Boulevard project in Idaho Springs began March 14 with a ceremonial groundbreaking. This phase includes new curbs, streetlights, storm-water drainage and other improvements from Carlson Elementary School to 22nd Avenue.