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Today's News

  • Bear injures alpacas near Floyd Hill

    A bear attacked and seriously wounded three alpacas at two locations on April 9 and 10 near Floyd Hill, prompting officials to ask residents to keep food locked up and pets on leashes or in enclosed areas.

  • Flaggers’ safety ongoing concern

    Idaho Springs officials are asking motorists to be careful driving near construction flaggers on Colorado Boulevard after a flagger was clipped by a car on April 6 on the east end of town and sent to the hospital with non-serious injuries.

    “We've actually had three incidents where flaggers were hit,” Mayor Mike Hillman said. “(There weren’t) major injuries, but just the fact that a flagger doesn’t feel safe out there trying to do their job (is unfortunate).”

  • 9Health Fair set for Saturday

    For the 39th year, the 9Health Fair is returning to Clear Creek County to provide free- and low-cost health screenings to the community, and organizers are looking for more volunteers.

    The event is from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Clear Creek Recreation Center in Idaho Springs. It is sponsored by the Idaho Springs Lions Club, Clear Creek Emergency Services, Public Health Nursing Services and Clear Creek Recreation District.

    Event organizer Mike Morris has helped spearhead the event every year since its start in the county.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from April 2-8

    Tuesday, April 3 — A Georgetown officer responded to a suspicious activity call along Clear Creek Drive. A neighbor reported a residence’s light on when no one was supposed to be home or any lights on. The officer checked the residence and all was secure.

  • Long-time librarian retires from Idaho Springs library

    After spending more than 30 years working among the bookshelves, librarian Sally Angell will be embarking on a new adventure — retirement.

    Angell, who previously worked for Jeffco Library in Evergreen for 23 years, is retiring after eight years with the Clear Creek Library District, mainly at the Idaho Springs location.

    “I decided it was a good time, with all the new people coming in (to work for the district),” she said.

  • Trial begins in 2016 murder case

    The month-long trial of John Anthony Vasquez, the man accused of setting a mother of two on fire while the four were camping in Clear Creek County, began Thursday after four days of jury selection.

    During opening statements, the prosecution painted Vasquez as a person so angry at his girlfriend that he committed the “diabolical act,” while the defense pointed to information from the woman’s son, who originally said it was an accident.

  • Springs businesses receive improvement grants

    Idaho Springs officials awarded $17,150 to seven east-end businesses on April 9 to improve business exteriors, facades and signage.

    Mayor Mike Hillman, owner of Hilldaddy's Wildfire Restaurant, and council member Scott Pennell, owner of Mountain Moonshine Inc., both received $2,500. Hillman and Pennell recused themselves from the board’s vote.

    The following businesses were awarded $2,500: Bearadise Motel, 6 & 40 Motel and Igadi marijuana dispensary. Picci’s Pizzeria received $2,275 and the Idaho Springs Heritage Center received $2,375.

  • Beau Jo’s celebrates 45 years in Idaho Springs

    Beau Jo’s was a small and sparse pizza place in the Idaho Springs historic district. It had two employees, was less than 600 square feet and had seating for 15 to 18 people. That was in April 1973.

    Beau Jo’s has long left the alley location at 15th Avenue and Idaho Street.

    Now, with 120 people on staff, and — after almost 30 additions and remodels — it can seat and serve more than 600 people across its four Miner Street storefronts.

  • Clear Creek intent on attracting film industry

    Lights, camera, Clear Creek!

    The county may soon find itself courting Hollywood if Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. director Lindsey Valdez has anything to say about it.

    Valdez is working on several projects that could help bring the film industry into the county, which could ultimately help increase the area’s visibility.

    The nonprofit’s mission is to ensure job creation and retention in Clear Creek County in part by counseling businesses and giving out business loans.

  • CDOT realigning Clear Creek’s channel

    CDOT contractors are restoring a portion of Clear Creek almost 2 miles north of Georgetown to realign the river’s channel in anticipation of future westbound Interstate 70 expansion work.

    “This project proactively repairs a section of Clear Creek that is in need of restoration to improve how and where the stream flows,” said Paul Jesaitis, CDOT Region 1 transportation director, in a statement. “It also affords us the ability to mitigate any potential impacts future projects along the I-70 corridor may have.”