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Today's News

  • Guanella Pass Brewery opens in downtown Georgetown

    For the first time since Prohibition, there is a brewery in Georgetown.

    On a brewing day, the area around Fifth and Rose streets is filled with the smell of hops, grains and yeast, courtesy of the new Guanella Pass Brewery.

    The brewery opened Memorial Day weekend. Since then, a steady stream of locals and visitors has been sampling ales, stouts, IPAs, saisons and other craft brews, owner Steve Skalski said.

  • Happy trails to you: Oh My Gawd Rodeo rides into the sunset

    With looks of expectation, three children squeezed through a gap in a fence to reach what may be the last Oh My Gawd Rodeo on Friday.

    People marched to the stands, many decked out in cowboy attire. A little boy with chaps and a cowboy hat ran past the line, leaving a golden trail of dust in the fading light.

    Laura Allen, longtime rodeo organizer and a member of the Clear Creek Fairgrounds Association, handed out tickets. For Allen, this was her last rodeo.

  • 16-year-old spends night on Mount Evans before being rescued by Alpine Rescue

    A 16-year-old boy from Georgia was removed from a Mount Evans cliff on June 13 in what is being called one of the most difficult rescues in recent memory.

    The teen was trapped on a cliff on June 12 and because of the difficulty of getting to him, the rapidly declining daylight and the cold temperatures, the teen spent the night outside. Several Alpine Rescue members stayed outside all night, talking with him to make sure he stayed conscious before bringing him down the mountain at about 6:15 a.m.

  • Library district appoints G-town librarian as interim director

    The Clear Creek County Library District has appointed Georgetown's branch librarian Libby Caplan as its interim district director.

    Caplan's appointment was part of the Board of Directors' decision to restructure the district's upper management that was discussed during its regular meeting Tuesday night at the Idaho Springs Public Library.

  • Georgetown railroad unveils expanded programs

    By Caroline Joan Peixoto

    The Georgetown Loop Railroad, an indispensable piece in Clear Creek’s rich mining history, promoted its newest developments for the county’s growing tourism scene last Thursday. The private event included a train ride, tours of the Everett and Lebanon mines, food, drink, music and a presentation from the Clear Creek Tourism Board.

  • Springs chamber president resigns

    Chamber president Jason Siegel stepped down from his position on June 14 to spend more time with his family.
    Vice president Patti Tyler will fill in as president until next month when a decision can be made on Siegel’s replacement.
    “Next month, the board will decide if they want to (select) another board member and formally make (Tyler) president,” chamber director Phyllis Adams said, adding the chamber might also just wait until next year to elect a president.

  • Springs chamber forms committee to get member feedback

    The Idaho Springs chamber has formed a committee that will survey member businesses and pass their ideas and reactions along to local, county and state government.

    “The whole idea is to give the members an easy way to have their voices heard, and I personally think it is one of the best ideas I've heard in years,” said chamber director Phyllis Adams.

    The Government Affairs Committee consists of three people, who will send surveys to member businesses on a host of issues.

  • Summer rec center events for adults, too

    Clear Creek Rec District summer events aren’t just for children.

    A host of events are planned this summer including hiking, biking — and drinking beer.

    Stacy Todd, director of projects, programs and events, said the rec district wanted to connect with a different demographic and to help people get outside, be social and visit local breweries.

  • Gas line breaks on Soda Creek Road

    Idaho Springs public works employees accidentally broke a gas line on June 12 at Soda Creek Road and Montane Drive.

    Residents were asked to leave the area or remain in their homes for several hours while crews worked to fix the pipe.

    “While the gas was actively leaking, traffic wasn’t permitted up or down Soda Creek Road,” said City Administrator Andy Marsh.

    City crews were originally there to fix the area’s drainage and groundwater issues caused by severe rainstorms in 2013.

  • Monthly baking contest adds to flavor to Market Days

    As summer gets underway, Fridays in Idaho Springs will mean fresh produce, aromas of delicious pastries and popcorn and other homemade goods available at the annual Market Days.

    The annual event, sponsored by the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce, started nearly eight years ago. With construction along Colorado Boulevard, the market has returned to its original spot along the Idahoe Mall. In more recent years, it had been at Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park.