Today's News

  • Developer hopes to build preschool at apartment complex

    A future preschool could draw residents to an 80- to 100-unit apartment complex planned for 5 acres in Idaho Springs, according to the developer.

    The apartment complex is planned to be built south of Interstate 70 and east of the town ballfields near the west side of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels where two houses now sit, said David Zucker, who plans to build it.

    It appears there’s a demand for early-childhood education, Zucker said, and the preschool would help fill it.

  • Bridge work continues

    Work was done on the new Colorado 103 bridge in Idaho Springs for the second of three nights Monday as CDOT continues its push to end delays and complete the contentious project by the end of the month. 

  • It’s not too late for a flu shot

    With the number of flu cases higher than in recent years, local health officials are urging members of the public to get this year’s flu shot, despite one strain not being covered by the inoculation.

    Clear Creek public health nurse Crystal Brandt said one strain has mutated, which is leading to higher sickness rates.

  • Idaho Springs hires city planner

    Idaho Springs officials have hired long-time county resident Geoffrey King as the city planner.

    King started work Monday and replaces former city planner Tim Katers, who left the position last fall after three months on the job to pursue a position as a disaster recovery specialist in Loveland.

    King will work part-time and be paid $25.48 hour to work with developers, city staff and the planning commission, while handling "land-use matters." The final description of the city planner's duties is not yet finalized.

  • County public works director resigns

    After 22 years of service, Clear Creek Public Works Director Tim Allen plans to resign Jan. 16.

    Karl Shell, the county’s west district public works foreman, will serve as the interim public works director, Montag said. Allen submitted his resignation Dec. 16, but the information was not made public until Tuesday.

  • Centura could open county clinic

    Centura Health could be the next health-care provider in Clear Creek County.

    Englewood-based Centura was the only respondent to a recent county request for interest from health providers. Centura is well known in mountain communities for its Flight For Life helicopter service and in Denver and the region for its 15 hospitals, including St. Anthony Hospital.

    Clear Creek County currently has no health clinic or provider that will accept Medicaid patients.

  • Murder-for-hire trial to begin Jan. 27

    A four-day jury trial for Idaho Springs resident Haley Stanfield, arrested last May on suspicion of trying to persuade her late son’s father to kill her boyfriend, is set to begin Jan. 27.

    In July, 5th Judicial District Judge Wayne Patton found sufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal trial against Stanfield, who faces a charge of solicitation of first-degree murder. Conviction of the class 2 felony could carry a sentence of eight to 24 years in prison.

  • Torreys Peak avalanche kills man

    A male snowshoer died after being buried in an avalanche Dec. 31 on the Kelso Ridge route up Torreys Peak, according to Clear Creek County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Albers.

    Two snowshoers — a female and a male — who reported the avalanche attempted CPR on the buried man but didn’t find any sign of life, according to a news release sent by the sheriff’s department.

    The victim was identified last Thursday by the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office as Christopher Thomas, 39, of Colorado Springs.

  • Crews fix broken water lines in G-town

    Two Georgetown water lines that were leaking because of recent cold weather were repaired late last week after the town spent several days with low water pressure.

    One of the breaks occurred late Dec. 30 near the Silver Queen Condos at 1901 Clear Creek Drive and the second happened Dec. 31 near the Georgetown Fire Department at 750 Brownell St.

    Town Clerk Jennifer Cade said a leak-detection service was brought in to diagnose the full extent of the problems.

  • Accidental, natural deaths up in county in 2014

    The county coroner’s office is reporting an 8 percent increase in deaths so far in 2014 compared with the previous year, attributed in part to an increase in accidental and natural deaths.

    The overall number stands at 53 deaths in the county this year, compared with 49 during 2013.

    County Coroner Don Allan said the county saw seven suicides this year, only one of which was a county resident.

    “It’s always a tragedy with a suicide,” Allan said.