Today's News

  • Eye in the sky

    Orange in color and sounding like a hive of angry bees, Eagle 1 drifted lazily in the air above a Dumont parking lot on March 7.

    With its six miniature helicopter blades, the unmanned aerial system, or drone, can see pretty much anything. At least that's what the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office is hoping.

  • RoadX project connects vehicles with the road

    Vehicles traveling the Interstate 70 corridors will soon be able to communicate with each other, the road and with the driver.

    This month, CDOT will begin installing connected vehicle roadside units, which will use radio to talk with vehicles as part of the agency’s RoadX Program.

    The goal is to make driving safer and more efficient.

    Amy Ford, chief of advanced mobility at CDOT, said RoadX is a broad umbrella effort where CDOT is looking to partner with the private sector to harness technology to get drivers moving faster and more safely.

  • Officials positively ID teacher’s body

    Officials have positively identified the body of Peter McInerney, 65, a Denver preschool teacher who didn’t come to work after skiing at Jones Pass last month.

    Alpine Rescue members found McInerney’s body on March 1. He went missing in the area on Feb. 18 during a ski trip.

    While authorities weren’t initially saying the body belonged to McInerney, who taught at Park Hill’s Children Center, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling confirmed last Thursday that the identification was made.

  • Henderson Mine donates backhoe to Empire

    Things are about to get a little easier for the Town of Empire.

    Henderson Mine recently donated a 2010 backhoe to the town to take care of public works projects. The backhoe costs between $70,000 and $80,000, according to Empire Mayor Richard Sprague.

    “They couldn't have given us a better gift,” Sprague said. “That'll last us a long, long time and free us up to not have to hire everything out.

  • Breaking down currently unopposed incumbents running for office

    With the March 24 Democrat and Republican Assemblies right around the corner, here’s a recap of some of the currently unopposed county officials running for office.

    County clerk and recorder

    Long-time County Clerk Pam Phipps is not seeking re-election for her office for the first time since 1983.

    “I’m 66 now, so it’s time I can get Social Security, and I feel like it’s time to retire and go do something else," Phipps said. "Maybe go see my grandkids more and that sort of thing."

  • Family owned coffee bar opens in Silver Plume

    A local family is ensuring that, on weekends, Silver Plume residents can wake up and smell the coffee. Literally.

    The small community has been without a coffee shop since 2014, but co-owners Kent Martin and his brothers-in-law Jack and Brian Watson opened Plume Coffee Bar in late January on historic Main Street.

    The coffee bar is only open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, as the family lives in Denver during the week and Silver Plume on the weekends.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Feb. 26-March 4

    · Monday, Feb. 26 — Evergreen Fire responded to a report of a plume of smoke near the 23900 block of Highway 103. Nothing was located.

    · Monday, Feb. 26 — A deputy received a report that a hitchhiker was standing on top of a ramp near mile marker 243 of westbound Interstate 70. However, the deputy couldn’t find the person.

  • The science of slime

    A green syrupy substance was poured into a cup, followed by a dash of clear liquid. A lid was carefully put on and Georgetown Community School third-grader Skyler Clark shook it for all it was worth.

    Then it was done and, well, mighty gross.

    “We’re making slime,” shouted one student.

  • Body of missing Denver teacher found

    Rescuers believe they have found the body of a missing Denver preschool teacher who didn't come to work on Feb. 20 after skiing at Jones Pass.

    Alpine Rescue members came across the body at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

    Peter McInerney, 65, was last known to be skiing in the area on Feb. 18. McInerney taught at Park Hill Children’s Center.

  • Officials devising ordinance to kick unregistered vehicles to the curb

    Idaho Springs officials are planning to research and devise an ordinance to keep unregistered motor vehicles out of public parking spaces along city streets.

    Council members worked to find a solution to that problem along with other parking issues during the Feb. 26 work session, although no major silver bullet presented itself.

    Mayor Mike Hillman brought up the topic because of complaints of vehicles taking up too many parking spaces in residential areas. The city cannot restrict the number of vehicles or fleet vehicles parked along the streets.