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Today's News

  • On location in Clear Creek

    An independent movie production company has come to Colorado searching for its own fortune with its first full-length movie in Clear Creek County and in Denver.

    The production company, Distant Thunder Films, is filming “Searching for Fortune” in Empire, at Ponder Point and Echo Lake, and last week it was fully entrenched in the Westwinds Tavern on Miner Street in Idaho Springs.

  • Silver Plume melodrama strikes gold

    The annual Silver Plume melodrama is as much fun as it is a fund-raiser to help restore the town’s historic buildings.

    This year’s 37th annual melodrama is no exception, and as in the 36 years before it, this show is written and directed by local George Downing.

    The volunteer actors, some of whom have been part of the melodramas for decades, enjoy participating in the production, in addition to supporting a worthwhile cause. Proceeds go to the nonprofit People for Silver Plume.

  • St. Mary's Glacier residents without water

    Residents of St. Mary’s Glacier are without water due to critically low levels in the water district’s wells.

    Some 300 homes are affected, but only about 100 families live in the area this time of year. One resident has said he had been without water since last Tuesday.

    According to the St Mary’s Glacier Water and Sanitation District, homeowners are asked to immediately shut off their water pumps to help the districts wells fill with water.

  • USGS calls county’s geothermal potential ‘encouraging’

    Warm temperatures measured in underground wells near Empire are “very encouraging” as potential heating sources, according to a U.S. Geological Survey spokesman.

    Underground temperatures increased about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit for every 100 feet measured in a recent survey, said Paul Morgan, a USGS spokesman in Denver. That’s well above the standard underground temperature increase of about 1 degree Farenheit per 100 feet, Morgan said.

  • Events center proposed for Empire

    County and Empire officials are exploring the feasibility of building an events center or fairgrounds south of the town.

    “I think we’re going to begin working on an agreement with them and then move to finding a consultant, developer to help us through that planning phase,” County Commissioner Tim Mauck said.

    Empire Mayor Wendy Koch said the town is definitely interested in continuing discussions with the county. Koch said Empire has some of the county’s only usable flat ground.

  • Motorists racking up marijuana violations

    Idaho Springs police are writing up more marijuana “open container” violations for motorists since recreational marijuana sales started Jan. 1, according to Police Chief David Wohlers.

    Anecdotally, it appears there is more pot use in vehicles and more pot-related accidents, Wohlers told Idaho Springs city council members at a meeting April 14. 

  • 9Health Fair set for this Saturday

    The 9Health Fair is gearing up this Saturday for its 35th anniversary in Clear Creek County.

    The event runs from 7 to 11 a.m. at Carlson Elementary School in Idaho Springs. The adult-focused health fair provides free screenings of blood pressure, glucose levels, vision, hearing and cardiovascular health.

    The event also has a variety of low-cost screenings that cover everything from blood chemistry for $30 to vitamin D screenings for $40.

  • County revokes rafting company’s license

    All American Adventures’ county river outfitter license was revoked this year after the Idaho Springs rafting company missed deadlines related to a county monitoring program.

    It’s the first time Clear Creek officials have revoked a rafting company’s river outfitter license since 2011, when the program started. The county issues 15 licenses per year to rafting companies that want to use the county-owned facilities at the Whitewater Park raft launch and take-out site in Lawson and at the Hiawatha site in lower Dumont.

  • Mauck running unopposed

    County Commissioner Tim Mauck is running unopposed for the District 1 seat in Clear Creek County.

    The Idaho Springs Democrat is running this year to retain the seat he won in 2010. 

    Write-in candidates had until April 18 to express an intent to run. An independent or unaffiliated candidate can still petition through July 10 to be on November’s general-election ballot.

    Mauck and his fellow commissioners, Tom Hayden and Phil Buckland, each make an annual salary of $58,500, by state statute.

  • Search for hikers could resume May 10

    Searchers plan to look again for two hikers missing in the Mount Evans area — probably on Saturday, May 10.

    The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office plans to search with dogs and about 100 search-and-rescue volunteers on that date or some other date in early May, sheriff’s Maj. Rick Albers told Clear Creek commissioners at a meeting on Tuesday, April 22.