Today's News

  • Their loss is their gain

    Eleven staff members at Clear Creek High School/Middle School embarked on their health resolutions in February as they participated in the schools’ version of the television show “The Biggest Loser.”

    Eighteen started the six-week program that ended before spring break, and 11 finished. Last Thursday, those who lost the most weight and those who met their goals received awards. First-place winners got part of the pot of money created when everyone put in $5 to participate. Second-place winners received a bag of goodies, including an infusion water bottle.

  • Board views cost-cutting redesign for rec center

    Clear Creek recreation district board members seem satisfied with a redesign that cuts $2.2 million from the renovation budget for the Idaho Springs rec center, but $692,000 still needs to be trimmed.

    Board members met with project engineer Craig Abrahamson of Clear Creek Technical Services, who is also Georgetown’s mayor, and other consultants April 9 to see what inroads Abrahamson had made in bringing costs in line with the $7 million property-tax increase voters approved for the renovation. 

  • Springs residents grill CDOT on I-70 shoulder lane

    Idaho Springs residents had lots of questions for state transportation officials at a meeting Monday night to discuss a planned toll lane on eastbound Interstate 70.

    Transportation officials plan to spend $49 million on a “peak-period shoulder lane” from Empire to east of Idaho Springs, according to Tony DeVito, regional director for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • Principals leery of price tag to realign curriculum

    Clear Creek’s high school and middle school principals are concerned that funds spent on hiring a curriculum consultant will hurt other educational programs.

    The fears were expressed at an April 10 school board work session on whether a consultant should be hired to align curriculum among district schools.

    The district could pay about $130,000 over two years for the curriculum alignment. The board is discussing tapping into its reserve funds or applying to the Henderson Mine for a grant to pay for half the cost.

  • Easter services, events fill weekend

    From shared Easter services to diving for plastic eggs, Clear Creek County has something for everyone this Easter weekend.


    Religious services 

    For the second year in a row, several Idaho Springs churches are combining efforts to provide communal Easter worship.

  • Longtime Dumont business celebrates 30 years

    One of our good neighbors, Mountain Mini Storage in Dumont, is celebrating 30 years of quality service to the community. This business fulfills a need in our community, providing a place to store all those items we want to keep but don’t have room for.

    Sandy and Lou Olnhausen founded Mountain Mini Storage in 1984. The Olnhausens were residents of Clear Creek County since 1964. During this time they owned and operated Clear Creek Oil Company, a gasoline distributing company that served 10 to 15 service stations in Denver, Clear Creek and Summit counties.

  • A morning jolt of jazz

    The foyer of Clear Creek Middle/High School was rockin’ with live jazz Monday morning as the high school’s arts classes kicked off the annual Arts Week.

    Three teachers and a handful of students performed starting at 7:45 a.m., with two dozen students and teachers stopping to listen and applaud appreciatively.

    “I love it when they do this,” school secretary Terry Bennett said as she listened to the music from her desk in the office. “It puts a great spin on the day.”

  • Search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search has been called off for a Minnesota father and son who were reported missing Sunday after they did not return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intensive searching, there's no evidence of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. The search was called off late Wednesday afternoon, Barwick said. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Roundabouts on Idaho Springs’ east side in final design stage

    Plans for two roundabouts on the east end of Idaho Springs are in the final design stage as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s plans for a peak-period shoulder lane on Interstate 70 — despite residents’ skepticism that the peak lanes won’t work.

  • Officials trying to bolster county’s broadband

    Clear Creek officials are looking for ways to improve Internet service for residents and make the county a more attractive place for new businesses.

    The county recently conducted a survey that found 80 percent of residents have only one option for broadband, and 40 percent experienced outages and were dissatisfied with their service.

    Commissioners also were concerned about the high cost of Internet service; 30 percent of survey respondents said they pay more than $50 per month.