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Today's News

  • District accepts offer for Empire School

    The Clear Creek School District has accepted an offer for the Empire School building, and the new owner wants to put a convenience store and gas station on the property on the south side of the town.

    While the $300,000 offer has been accepted, it could be months before the sale is finalized, according to district business manager Willie Leslie. He said a convenience store would be a good addition to the community.

  • Loveland Ski Area wraps up banner season

    Loveland Ski Area is reporting one of the busiest years in its 79-year history.

    The ski resort closed for the season Sunday, but despite a slightly shorter-than-average season, spokesman John Sellers said 2015-16 was "exceptional."

    "It was a great season for us," Sellers said, "and anecdotally what I've heard from other resorts is, it sounds like everybody did well along the I-70 Corridor."

  • On board, and on a mission

    When Timothy Homack was 7 years old, he had a feeling that someday he would operate trains for a living.

    “I know it’s weird, but I had this vibe. It was just like, ‘You’re going to run trains when you get older,’” he said, remembering the time he and his family visited a park in Arizona that showcased a decommissioned engine.

    “And I’m like, ‘These things are out of date. They’re dinosaurs,’ ”

    Homack remembers thinking. “I didn’t think much of it.”

  • 'Make My Day' law a factor in probe of fatal shooting, DA says

    Colorado's "Make My Day" law apparently is a consideration in the fatal shooting of an Idaho Springs man on April 10.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said last Thursday that the "Make My Day" law, which permits the use of deadly force against an intruder, is being factored into the investigation.

    "That's certainly one of the considerations, because Colorado has a law that allows people, within their own home, to use deadly force against others," Brown said.

  • County acquires four new voting machines for November election

    Clear Creek County has received four new voting machines in time for the November election.

    The county is joining 19 other Colorado counties this year in purchasing the Dominion Voting Systems Democracy Suite ImageCast. The system, which looks like a large mobile tablet, was bought through an eight-year lease for $24,000 a year.

    County Clerk Pam Phipps said only four were purchased because the county’s voters largely choose to use mail-in ballots, but some still prefer voting in person.

  • Event planned to honor Vietnam era veterans

    The Clear Creek Veterans Coalition is hosting an event honoring Vietnam era veterans at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs.

    The event, in collaboration with and sanctioned by the Department of Defense, is designed to recognize, thank and honor veterans who served during the Vietnam War from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.

    Veterans, their families and Clear Creek and Gilpin county residents are invited to attend. Veterans, whether they served abroad or at home, will be presented with an official pin recognizing their service.

  • Clear Creek set to deploy 'The Beast'

    The Beast is giant and green, can eat just about anything, and resides at the back of the Clear Creek County Transfer Station.

    The county's new grinder/wood chipper/shredder arrived last week and cost nearly $400,000, paid for by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and a 50 percent match from the county.

    Rob Hamilton, county public works director, said the machine can grind up everything from trees to shingles and concrete.

  • A chain of kind deeds

    Lauren Courtney adds to the Kindness Chain hanging in the cafeteria at Carlson Elementary School on Monday.  The Random Acts of Kindness project involves students, staff, parents and community members who perform acts of kindness, and those acts are then recorded on strips of paper and added to the Kindness Chain.

  • CDOT weighing contribution to Springs transit center

    The Colorado Department of Transportation is talking with Idaho Springs officials about possibly contributing more than $10 million to a parking structure the city hopes to build, and for a bus lane that would allow a stop on its regional Bustang route.

    While funding has not been found for the city’s proposed parking structure, CDOT officials recently told the county they're committed to bringing a Bustang stop to Idaho Springs if the parking structure/transit station becomes a reality.

  • Springs man killed at apartments was shot in the head, coroner reports

    The Idaho Springs man fatally shot on April 10 at the Aspen Leaf Apartments died from a massive brain injury as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Clear Creek Coroner Don Allan.

    Eric Spencer, 44, died the following day at a Lakewood hospital after he was shot with a small-caliber weapon on the evening of April 10, the coroner's report states.