Today's News

  • Getting into the holiday spirit

    Troy Zerella, 2, and his mother, Jessica, exit a holiday-inspired train at the Georgetown Loop on Saturday. Elf Chelsea Nivarro and Santa’s helper Sheri Skelten presented the two with candy canes.

  • Idaho Springs police to begin using body cameras

    Idaho Springs police officers will start using body cameras early next year.

    The city approved spending $9,250 for a TASER axiom camera for each of its officers, plus a service contract.

    Police Chief Chris Malanka said the chest-mounted cameras will be a valuable law enforcement and training tool. They will record video that can be downloaded and later searched by date, officer or case number.

  • Potluck Thanksgiving dinner planned Thursday at Elks Lodge

    Local churches are hosting a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge, and organizers hope community members, as well as those in need, will attend.

    Georgetown Clerk Jennifer Yobski, who helped spearhead the event, said this is the first time in recent memory that all area churches are working together on such an effort.

    “(And) putting on a meal for people who either don’t have family around or for people who maybe don’t have a way to cook their own Thanksgiving dinner,” Yobski said.

  • Roll out the barrels

    Idaho Springs soon will have a micro-distillery and tasting room — possibly the first since before Prohibition.

    The city council recently approved a conditional-use permit for Bouck Brothers Distilling, and the business — which will operate a 100-gallon still for whiskey and vodka and brew some beer — will be at 2731 Colorado Blvd. in the space previously occupied by Daylight Donuts. Co-owner Zachary Bouck hopes the business will open in April.

  • ‘The world is never the same as it was’

    Clear Creek exchange student Madelyn Fahnline woke the morning of Nov. 14 and saw dozens of messages on her phone from friends and family asking if she was OK.

    The high school junior is staying with a host family in Lorraine in northeastern France about 90 minutes from Paris. The previous night, extremists had killed 129 people in a series of coordinated attacks across Paris.

  • Federal law protects historic sites, public areas

    Historic places in Colorado should not be compromised by federal transportation projects. That was the message Kevin Kuharic, director of Georgetown’s Hotel de Paris Museum, gave to federal lawmakers recently.

    Kuharic went to Washington, D.C., with 27 other Coloradans, specifically to lobby for the continued support of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, which protect historic sites and public areas from federal transportation projects.

  • Energy audit identifies potential savings for Clear Creek County

    Clear Creek County should be able to save about $50,000 in utility and maintenance costs annually by following recommendations from an energy audit of 18 county buildings.

    The audit, part of Colorado’s Public Energy Performance Contracting program, was performed by Denver-based energy management company Iconergy.

  • News briefs

    County reschedules weatherization class

    Clear Creek will host a free weatherization class from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Georgetown Heritage Center.

    The class, hosted by the Summit Combined Housing Authority, will feature guest speakers talking about home weatherization, ways to lower energy use, and how to apply for low- and moderate-income weatherization assistance.

    Information about other state and local energy programs also will be provided.

    The center is at 809 Taos St. in Georgetown. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Stanfield sentenced to 12 years in death of son
  • Clear Creek wrestling with $34 million budget for 2016

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners will spend the next several weeks discussing costs of projects and capital expenses planned for next year as they work through a budget with declining revenue.

    The county as a whole will see a 3.1 percent decline in revenue, or about $1.1 million, from 2015, Most of the decline results from a drop in state and federal loans, many of which were awarded to the county last year to help with recovery efforts after the 2013 floods. The county will make about $1.4 million in cuts, mostly to those special grant-funded projects