Today's News

  • County looks for ways to shore up Road and Bridge budget

    With a projected budget shortfall, the county Road and Bridge Department is looking to bridge the gap with several potential solutions including finding funding sources and reduced services.

    The county hasn’t yet made any decision on how it will meet the shortfall and likely will not find a solution until it starts planning the budget for 2019. For now, no service reductions are planned. “We will have to look at options as we move forward,” Public Works Director Karl Shell said.

  • Library district to open archive at G-town’s Heritage Center

    After its staff restructuring in May, the Clear Creek County Library District has gone full speed ahead with several projects, including opening a new archive library at the Georgetown Heritage Center.

    The archive library has a soft opening each Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the official open house will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Light refreshments will be served, and while the open house will conclude at 2 p.m., the library will remain open until 4 p.m.

  • News briefs

    Springs council candidates are running unopposed

    There are no contested spots on the Idaho Springs city council in the Nov. 7 election.

    Mayor Mike Hillman is running unopposed for his second term in the city’s top spot.

    There is no one on the ballot for the open Ward I seat, but resident Scott Pennell is running as a write-in candidate to replace Troy Erickson, who stepped down earlier this year because he moved out of the city.

  • Firefighters mark Big Chili as important fund-raiser, social event

    No matter the weather, the mountain community will always come out and show its support for the cause.

    No matter who’s cooking, the chili will always be delicious.

    And, no matter how much time has passes, the Big Chili Cook-off will always be a tribute to firefighters near and far, past and present, alive and deceased.

    Fifteen years ago, the Big Chili Cook-off started as both a fund-raiser for mountain area fire departments and as a way to honor the first responders and civilians who died on 9/11.

  • Alpine Rescue Team reaches 100th mission

    The Alpine Rescue Team reached its 100th mission of the year when a 19-year-old hiker with an injured leg was evacuated by helicopter from Sawtooth Ridge between Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans on Aug. 27.

    The team and Douglas County Search and Rescue responded to the woman, who hurt her leg when a boulder fell on top of it.

    “She tripped or fell and a huge rock fell on her lower leg,” said Dawn Wilson, spokeswoman for Alpine Rescue. “So it was just excruciating for her to try to bear weight on it.”

  • Henderson Mine to remain open until 2026

    Henderson Mine and Mill will stay open until 2026, according to mine officials, but the later closure date doesn’t solve the county's budget woes.

    Mine officials cited increased production and a stronger market for molybdenum that inspired them to resume development of an area in the mine called 7210 A.

    A downtrend in the market originally caused Henderson’s owner, Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan company, to suspend new development in 2016 and looked at closing the mine in 2020.

  • City council seeking name ideas for hiking, bike park

    The Idaho Springs city council will likely look to the public for ideas to name the area that will eventually become a hiking and mountain biking park near the Argo Mine and Mill. However, mountain bikers say they will probably continue to call it Area 28 because that’s what it has been known as for more than 15 years.

    Acting as a citizen, Police Chief Chris Malanka urged city officials to look for a name that paid respect to the area's history, rather than a Bureau of Land Management designation.

  • King-Murphy’s principal ‘glowing’ over new position

    On Thursday morning — the fourth day of school — King-Murphy’s new principal, Tony Pascoe, stood in front of the school at 8:30 a.m. waiting for buses to arrive.
    As students got off the buses, he greeted them with enthusiastic “good mornings” and gave out a bunch of high-fives.

  • Top segment of Mount Evans Highway closes

    The top 5-mile segment of Mount Evans Highway — Highway 5 — closed for the season to vehicles on Tuesday.
    The Colorado Department of Transportation typically closes this segment that starts at Summit Lake the day after Labor Day, per agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, to help protect the mountain summit’s natural resources, according to a release from CDOT.
    The road from Echo Lake to Summit Lake will remain open through Sept. 24.

  • Idaho Springs may get RV park

    A 38-space RV park has tentative approval to be located south of the Idaho Springs wastewater treatment plant, and the city council imposed restrictions so it doesn’t turn into a mobile home park.

    Council members unanimously approved the conditional use and site plan for the RV park on Aug. 28. City leaders decided occupants may stay for three months maximum on 18 spots and three weeks for the remaining spots. The site at 958 E. Idaho Springs Road is about 5 acres.