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Today's News

  • Down the runway

    Even with no red carpet or high-fashion models, the King-Murphy kindergarten international fashion show was every bit a spectacle of beautiful costumes from different regions of the globe and a hit with parents.

    This year, the fashion show was set up in the gym, with Mary Pat Maroney’s second-grade class in the audience, along with parents and grandparents. School secretary Shirley Simon was the emcee, discussing the outfits that ranged from kimonos to sombreros.

  • For whom the lane tolls

    Editor’s note: With the blessing of the Federal Highway Authority, Colorado authorities have embraced public-private financing for road construction projects around the state. This is the first installment in a three-part series looking at questions of cost, oversight and accountability.

    Anyone who has driven east on Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County on a winter weekend knows the drill — be ready for a marathon session on the road.

  • 'Fisherman's Access' area to be closed to overnight stays

    People who like to camp at the "Fisherman's Access" area near Idaho Springs will be out of luck this summer — Forest Service officials plan to close it to overnight stays.

  • Despite opposition, Springs council endorses Exit 241 bridge project

    The Idaho Springs city council narrowly endorsed the Colorado Department of Transportation’s plan to rebuild the Exit 241 bridge over Interstate 70 on the east side of the city, despite public opposition to the plan.

    After a hearing Feb. 23, the council voted 4-3 in favor of a 1041 permit, which allows local governments some control over state development projects with local impacts.

    Mayor Mike Hillman and council members Marilyn Anderson, Bob Bowland and Lisa Highley voted yes, while council members Denise Deese, Kate Collier and John Curtis voted no.

  • County may post restaurant inspections

    Clear Creek public health officials may post restaurant inspection information in the future to give patrons an idea of how their favorite restaurants measure up.

    There's currently no date for the program to start, however, according to Cindy Dicken, director of health and human services in Clear Creek County. Workers at the county department have discussed posting inspections for a long time, but they still have some work to do, Dicken said, declining to give specifics.

  • Amusement park assignment a wild ride for Carlson students

    The ideal amusement park from a first-grader’s perspective is an exercise in unfiltered imagination.

    It includes multi-colored towers, impossible roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, water rides and, in one case, visitors whipped around on a ride, narrowly avoiding the grasp of hungry dinosaurs.

    This exercise in creative thought took place last week in Carlson Elementary School’s first-grade classes, as students combined lessons in reading, math, science, map making and art into their own dream amusement park.

  • Restoration work on Clear Creek will improve rafting, benefit trout

    Work has begun to restore a section of Clear Creek near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to bring back the trout and to extend the whitewater rafting season.

    This week crews are deepening the river channel from the Lancaster Bridge to the east side of the tunnels to bolster trout populations.

    Most of the work will be complete by April 15. Access to the creek is restricted to the public during the project.

  • County continues to sell former BLM land

    There could be major riches in them thar' hills south of the Phoenix Mine, which is on the south side of Interstate 70 near Fall River Road.

    Or maybe there aren't.

    In any case, buyers of five parcels of former Bureau of Land Management land near the mine in the Trail Creek and South Spring Gulch drainages could soon find out. Clear Creek County officials recently sold the small-acreage parcels through a sealed-bid process. They sold for $600 to $1,000 per acre, said Lisa Leben, special projects director at Clear Creek County.

  • Flatirons Community Church celebrating one-year anniversary at Genesee location

    As Flatirons Community Church West Campus celebrates its one-year anniversary in Genesee, leaders say up to 1,600 members attend two separate services on any given Sunday.

    That's close to 25 percent growth in the last year — attributable both to the church's "real and relevant" modern sermons, as well as to the church's rapid growth at its original location in Lafayette, said Pastor Jesse DeYoung.

  • Highway 103 bridge over I-70 reopens

    An expanded Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs reopened Friday without fanfare.

    The bridge at Exit 240 — a major access point into Idaho Springs from Interstate 70 — closed Oct. 19, and was closed for about 120 days through the holiday season, angering local business owners and officials.