Today's News

  • County’s new trails supervisor to manage recreation areas

    Clear Creek hired a trails supervisor to manage, maintain and upgrade the county’s trail systems.

    The supervisor plus three trail hands are temporary positions through September, at a cost of $59,000, though county officials hope to make the supervisor position permanent.

    Trails supervisor James Kovaly said his job will consist of planning, designing, building and maintaining multiuse trails.

    “As part of our effort here, we're going to do a trails inventory and a trails assessment,” Kovaly said.

  • Investigation continues into G-town's election

    The investigation into Georgetown’s April election is still ongoing, the Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office has confirmed.

    The election was scheduled for April 3, but was canceled after nobody signed up to oppose the incumbents.

  • Celebrating 10 years

    Warm rays of sunshine, a light breeze and the rush of Clear Creek fashioned the perfect backdrop Saturday for the sixth annual Canine on the Creek 5K.

    As more than 100 competitors lined up near the trail outside Charlie’s Place, waiting for the race to begin, Stacey Todd, programs manager with Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, welcomed the crowd.

  • History in the (film)making

     The history of Idaho Springs — from the formation of the Rocky Mountains to the time the county’s first teacher left her tiny schoolhouse made of tree boughs and jumped on a handsome man’s horse, never to be heard from again — have been put to film.

    Local filmmaker Greg Markle and his team hosted a premiere screening of three documentary shorts for the participating actors, narrators, and interviewees and their families — many of whom were Idaho Springs residents — Saturday evening at the Idaho Springs United Center.

  • Police arrest man in connection with murder of Aurora woman

    Police have arrested Shawrae Butler, 21, in connection with the death of Queen Ashby. 

    Police were searching for Butler, who was considered armed and dangerous, before he was arrested Friday afternoon.

    The body of Ashby, 20, from Aurora was found by a motorist near Highway 103 on April 8. After weeks of being unable to identify her, police released a computer rendering to local media, which funneled dozens of tips to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

  • Plume Players reminisce on Melodrama's 40-year history

     About 15 actors were packed into the tiny green room downstairs as Olivia Regester popped a bottle of champagne, toasted her sister Brianna’s graduation with her master’s degree, and handed her a card signed by the whole cast and crew of the Silver Plume melodrama.

    “We grew up with these people. They’re the ones who are invited to all the birthday parties and weddings,” Brianna Regester said of the Plume Players. “We’re like family, and this (melodrama) is like a weekly family reunion.”

  • Lathrop resigns as director of CCCLD

    Sue Lathrop has resigned as director of the Clear Creek County Library District.
    According to Bart W. Miller of Collins Cockrel & Cole, the district’s legal counsel, Lathrop’s resignation took effect April 30.
    She had been director of the Clear Creek County Library District for more than 20 years. She received a severance package as part of her resignation, Miller confirmed, stating that the financial details of the package were not available.

  • Rock mitigation work starts on I-70

    The Colorado Department of Transportation on Monday started five weeks of rockslide mitigation work near the Fall River Road exit on Interstate 70.

    The work will cause shutdowns of I-70 in both directions at least once a week, with traffic delays stretching to 45 minutes.

    CDOT spokeswoman Stacia Sellers said there was no emergency, but the work needs to be done in the next few weeks. The work was prompted when a rockslide on April 25 closed the right lane for more than four hours as CDOT crews scrambled to remove debris from the road.

  • Loveland closes on a high note after up-and-down weather season

    Despite a lukewarm start, Loveland Ski Area had one of its top-five best years.

    “It was another great season on the Continental Divide,” spokesman John Sellers said. “The 2016-17 season won’t go down as our busiest, or snowiest, but our 79th season of operation was successful and will finish firm in our top-five seasons.”

    Loveland Ski Area opened on Nov. 10, becoming the second Colorado resort to open, despite the dry and unseasonably warm fall. It closed Sunday.

  • Forest Service to perform prescribed burns near Empire

    The U.S. Forest Service is preparing to begin prescribed burns near Empire to improve bighorn sheep habitat.

    U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Reid Armstrong said the Alpine Hotshots from Rocky Mountain National Park will work in the area as part of their annual training.

    “They will camp on site for a night or two while cutting fire line,” Armstrong said in a statement. “The public can expect to hear chainsaws and see crews working in the area over the weeks to come.”