Today's News

  • Latest study will gauge economic benefits of I-70 monorail

    A $100,000 economic benefit study being planned now could someday be used to sell an estimated $15 billion mountain monorail project in the Interstate 70 corridor to voters.

    Government officials, ski resort officials and others who are part of the I-70 Coalition plan to kick off the study in January. They plan to get mostly public funding from member cities to pay for it, said Thad Noll, co-director of the Advanced Guideway System subcommittee at the nonprofit I-70 Coalition, which is made up of representatives from cities and counties in the region.

  • Machiavellian melodrama makes money for Mill Creek Valley Historical Society

    A mustachioed, malevolent and even slightly maleficent villain will enter stage right during the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society’s melodrama on Saturday evening.

  • Two county departments overspend budgets

    More strict financial protocols may be on tap for county departments following a 2013 audit of Clear Creek County's financial documents.

    Two people may be called on to review all financial documents in the future in the Sheriff’s Office, for example, and county commissioners may create new purchasing policies for all departments, based on a county commissioner discussion at a meeting Oct. 7. The county treasurer's office is the only office in the county that handles cash.

  • Senior housing facility hopes to take residents on the road

    The seniors living at Mitchell-White Residences in Idaho Springs may soon see a lot more of Colorado.
    Plans are in the works to create a nonprofit group to support the seniors at the housing development. At the top of the list, the nonprofit would like to raise funds for a field-trip van.

  • City to dismantle skate park

    The city of Idaho Springs is planning to dismantle the skate park on the east end of town in the next few months and hopes to build a new one closer to the center of town.
    The existing park, with antiquated skateboard structures, has been an eyesore, and there have been safety concerns for the kids using it. Mayor Mike Hillman said he hopes the land will have a different use and be renovated next summer.

  • Crime trending upward in Springs

    The crime rate in Idaho Springs is trending upward compared to last year, which is largely a result of an increased transient population, according to Police Chief Dave Wohlers.
    In the first nine months of 2014, the number of crimes reported is close to the number of crimes reported in all of 2013.

  • $8 million budgeted for I-70 winter operations

    State transportation officials plan to spend more than $8 million on operations this winter in the Interstate 70 mountain corridor to try to keep traffic running smoothly.

  • More closures of highway expected this winter

    State troopers expect to enact more temporary closures this winter on Interstate 70 to try to prevent longer traffic delays, said Capt. Richard Duran, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol.

    Troopers plan to work with snowplow drivers to offer State Patrol “escorts” to traffic, according to Duran. Such escorts might cause temporary delays of 30 minutes or less, he said at an I-70 Coalition meeting in Silverthorne last Thursday. The I-70 Coalition is a nonprofit group of mostly government representatives.

  • Coming home, to see the Wizard

    Clear Creek High School’s annual homecoming parade down Miner Street last Thursday was packed with school spirit.

  • Economic incentives could be used to lure hotel

    A hotelier may be wooed to build in Clear Creek County by economic incentives, according to an economic development official.
    County economic development officials plan to “get creative and put together some (economic incentive) options to see what kind of interest there is,” Peggy Stokstad, president of the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp., said recently. A recent hotel viability study showed a 10 percent profitability gap between what it might take to build a hotel and what its potential revenues might be in the beginning.