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Today's News

  • Georgetown Loop hosting ‘haunted’ mine tours

    As the train clacked along in the darkness, a voice over the speakers told the passengers about the three different types of hauntings — residual, intelligent and poltergeists.

    Multi-colored lights illuminated gravestones and other markers along the Georgetown Loop’s tracks. The whole atmosphere felt reminiscent of an old-time radio show about ghosts, murders and other frightful things.

  • Plunging for pumpkins: Children dive into the Halloween fun at the rec center

    There’s bobbing for apples and hunting for Easter eggs, but plunging for pumpkins?

    “Why not?” asked Laura Allen, Clear Creek recreation manager.

    On Saturday, two dozen children of all ages got into the pool to pull pumpkins out of the water before they watched the movie “Hocus Pocus.”

    Pumpkins can float, probably because there’s air inside, 10-year-old Charlotte Ohleyer said as she watched pumpkins floating around the pool, so it made sense to grab pumpkins out of the water. Each participant took a pumpkin home.

  • CDOT to seal cracks on I-70 on the county’s west side

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a $1.3 million project to fix cracks in state roads including along Interstate 70 from Silver Plume to the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel.

    CDOT spokeswoman Stacia Sellers said the weather will determine when the work is done, with the goal to slow the interstate’s deterioration.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Oct. 2-8

    • Tuesday, Oct. 3 — Idaho Springs police responded to a call that a pedestrian was walking on Interstate 70 near mile marker 240. Police made contact with the pedestrian, and found the person had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. The person was taken into custody.

    • Tuesday, Oct. 3 — Authorities arrived at the 800 block of Colorado Boulevard in Idaho Springs after reports that there was an ongoing disturbance involving violence. One person was arrested for assault.

  • Empire Fall Festival will have something for everyone

    Empire is celebrating October in a big way with a pumpkin patch, chili cook-off, dog parade and scarecrow contest at the Empire Fall Festival on Oct. 21 at Minton Park.

    This is the first large event of its kind held in Empire for several years, and it will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with everything from live music to trick-or-treating.

    “We’ve got a lot of new families moving into town these last two years actually, so we’re trying to do more community events to get everybody out and about and meet each other,” Mayor Richard Sprague said.

  • Hillman seeking second term as Springs mayor

    Businessman Mike Hillman is running unopposed for his second term as mayor of Idaho Springs.

    Hillman said he was running again because there are positive projects down the road for the city, he wants to continue to represent the city on issues involving Interstate 70 — and because he enjoys the work.

    “There are still things that I would like to see accomplished from the city’s perspective, and I’m having a good time doing it,” Hillman said. “That’s why I was willing to and wanted to.”

  • Incumbent Houston wants to continue school board’s work

    The sole candidate from District B in the Clear Creek School District’s election on Nov. 7 hopes to continue the work he’s done for the past four years.

    Mitch Houston, 55, a Clear Creek County resident since 1984, currently serves as the board’s president. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons attending Clear Creek High School.

    While Houston lives in District B, which is the northeast part of the county, all Clear Creek voters elect school board members.

  • Mitigation systems for avalanches ready to go

    Avalanche-mitigation systems in the county are ready to go after crews performed maintenance on the systems on Loveland Pass and Berthoud Pass last week, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

    The Gazex systems trigger avalanches remotely with a propane-fueled blast of compressed air. The system is triggered remotely through a computer, so there is no chance of people operating it getting harmed.

    The county was the first to use the system and because of its success in Clear Creek, CDOT is considering other locations in Colorado.

  • Police are investigating death of Springs woman

    Police are investigating the death of an Idaho Springs woman, who was found on Sunday at the Big Horn Apartments.

    Law enforcement and local EMS received a call at 10 a.m. for an “unresponsive female,” at 3201 Riverside Drive, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Christina Santana Mendez, 28, was found dead of unknown causes. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting local law enforcement with an investigation.

    Officials say it isn't yet known if Mendez’s death is connected to a criminal act.

  • County, Idaho Springs awarded GOCO grant

    Great Outdoors Colorado last week awarded $2 million to Idaho Springs and Clear Creek County so they can work on open space and greenway projects.

    The county will use its portion of the money to continue building the Peaks to Plains Clear Creek Greenway in Clear Creek Canyon, while Idaho Springs will use its portion to complete a greenway trail through the city.

    Peaks to Plains Greenway