Today's News

  • Scientific synergies

    Giving credence to the old saying “Two heads are better than one,” Georgetown Community School let students partner up for this year’s science fair, and the duos came up with interesting results.

    Cookies, crystals and sleds were among some of the presentations.

    While the two-person teams couldn’t move on to the Mountain Area Science Fair last weekend, Lorray Singmaster, third-grade teacher and science fair organizer, said her goal was for students to bounce ideas off each other and benefit from the creative synergy.

  • An astronaut’s odyssey to Carlson

    Carlson Elementary fifth-graders in Graydon Harn’s class recently got an up-close look at the right stuff and were encouraged to cast their gaze on more distant horizons.

    NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel spoke to the students about space and science on Jan. 28, and he strived to inspire them to look into the future.

  • KGOAT may be headed for a new pasture

    While board members for KYGT-FM would prefer the station remain in the 1920s-era cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs, they are in preliminary discussions with the new owners of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill to move the radio station there.

    The station is looking at its options in case it has to move from the cabin located where Miner Street and Colorado Boulevard converge. The station has been at that location for 15 years.

  • County man arrested after report of ‘shots fired’

    Law officers responding to a report of “shots fired” on Trail Creek Road took one man into custody Jan. 28 who had multiple warrants out for his arrest.

    In addition to the warrants, county resident Jessie Speed is being charged with resisting arrest and possession of a scheduled substance, according to Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling.

    Snelling said officers responded to a 911 call from an individual who claimed he was being shot at in the area south of Idaho Springs and above the Phoenix Gold Mine.

  • Georgetown warming up to its first ice-fishing tournament

    More than 100 fishermen and women, with very warm jackets, will converge on Georgetown Lake for the area’s first-ever ice fishing tournament on Feb. 27.

    The Georgetown Lake Walks on Water Tournament is sponsored by the town and by Golden-based Ice Fishing Colorado. The tournament, which boasts an $800 first-place prize for heaviest fish pulled from the frigid waters, will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Town Administrator Tom Hale said the event is a good way to bring people into town and take advantage of an underutilized portion of the lake.

  • Science fair lets Carlson students test their theories

    With fruit-flinging catapults, glass beakers overflowing with green crystals and questionable jars full of soda-pickled liver, scientific flair was on display at the annual Carlson Elementary School science fair.

    On Jan. 28, a handful of volunteer judges met with nearly 80 students from preschool through sixth grade who were showing off their unique, and sometimes slightly unusual, presentations.

  • School district bracing for loss of tax revenue when mine closes

    The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.
    However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state’s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.

  • CDOT project to equip 700 vehicles for road-condition updates on I-70

    A pilot project in the Interstate 70 corridor will allow hundreds of vehicles to provide information on road conditions to help the state’s transit agency respond to problems.

    Called “Road X,” the $200,000, two-year project will begin this year. The Colorado Department of Transportation will use vehicles connected by radio and cell phone to facilitate responses to slowdowns or accidents related to traffic or weather.

    “We see great opportunities with technology in this corridor,” said CDOT’s project director, Peter Kozinski.

  • Springs police chief pondering lower speed limit on Miner Street

    The Idaho Springs Police Department hopes to make the speed limit 15 mph on the entire length of Miner Street to reduce speeding through town.

    Police Chief Chris Malanka told residents at a meet-and-greet with the town’s top cop that he would bring the proposal to the city council.

    The current limit is 20 mph east of the Historic District and 15 mph through the district. Malanka hopes to make 15 mph the limit throughout.

  • Six arrested in burglary at G-town pot dispensary

    Two adults and four juveniles were arrested in Idaho Springs on Jan. 29 in connection with a burglary at a Georgetown marijuana dispensary.

    Idaho Springs police Detective Glenn Hardey said a suspect vehicle was seen leaving the dispensary, and a description of the vehicle and its license-plate number were provided to police.

    Police also found evidence that they believe is linked to a Jan. 22 burglary at Mountain Medicinals in Idaho Springs.