Today's News

  • Marijuana manufacturing facility opens on Floyd Hill


    Marijuana manufacturing company ebbu LLC has opened in a 5,000-square-foot space in the Floyd Hill Business Park on the north side of Interstate 70.

    Company officials plan to manufacture marijuana concentrates with names like "Energy," "Chill," "Create," "Bliss" and "Giggles" at the new research and development facility at 35715 U.S. Highway 40, Building D, said Jon Cooper, an owner.

  • Ideas discussed for final phase of Colorado Blvd. reconstruction

    Pedestrian safety, slower traffic speeds and a possible median were discussed by stakeholders during the first visioning meeting for the third phase of the Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project in Idaho Springs.

    City officials, business representatives and homeowners met with project planners July 16 to discuss the final portion of the $21.9 million Colorado Boulevard face-lift.

  • Tunnels’ new name carved in stone

    The recently widened and renamed Veterans Memorial Tunnels on Interstate 70, formerly the Twin Tunnels, can now be readily identified by all motorists as they enter the expanded bores.

    Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Emily Wilfong said adding the lettering above the openings of the tunnels was a milestone for the widening project.

    “Once you get that (lettering) up, you’re not going to be doing anything to (the tunnels’) structure, because you’ve got that final thing in place,” Wilfong said.

  • Man dies in rafting accident on Clear Creek

    A 35-year-old man died after apparently falling out of a raft on Clear Creek on Saturday afternoon, according to a news release from the Idaho Springs Police Department.

    The man, who has not been identified, was pulled from the water after falling backward out of the raft in the “Dizzy Lizzy” section of Clear Creek, a class 3 rapid east of Idaho Springs. He was rafting with a group of people.

  • Human skull found near Guanella Pass

    A local mushroom hunter found a human skull in the woods near Guanella Pass on July 12, according to Clear Creek County Sheriff Rick Albers.

    The Sheriff's Office recovered the remains the following day, Albers said, and Coroner Don Allan was working on identification. 

    Albers did not give any other details, such as whether the skull showed signs of trauma or the name of the person who found it.

    "It's an unknown skull. It's definitely a human skull, but we don't know if it's male or female," Albers said.

  • Reporter hoofs it in Springs' annual burro race

    For 5 miles I ran through mud and a torrential downpour in my work clothes, one white-knuckled hand gripping the lead rope for a burro named Jack.

    It was a Monday evening, and I was in training for the 14th annual burro race in Idaho Springs, and it was my third burro racing class at Bill Lee's ranch southwest of town.

    Saying it was challenging was like saying the sun is hot. But as Captain Kirk once blithely informed Mr. Spock of his reason for doing something extremely difficult: "Because it's there."

  • Charges dropped in Dolezal sex assault case

    Sex assault charges have been dropped against former Clear Creek County resident Joshua Dolezal just weeks before he was scheduled to go on trial.

    Dolezal is reportedly the brother of Rachel Dolezal, who was thrust into the national spotlight in June related to her resignation as an NAACP chapter president in Washington state. Rachel Dolezal's resignation came after her estranged parents revealed she was a white woman pretending to be black.

  • County to purchase new security camera system

    A new $39,600 security camera system has been approved to replace the county's current security system, which is failing, according to Capt. Jeff Smith, who oversees the Clear Creek County jail.

    The current security camera system does not store more than one week of footage, said Sheriff Rick Albers. Video quality is poor, Albers said.

    Jail life can be "interesting," "scary" and "disgusting," Smith said. The newly approved camera system has additional features to help jail personnel control the images, he said.

  • Springs paring down list of police chief candidates

    The city of Idaho Springs is narrowing its 12 candidates for police chief to three, with plans to hire someone within a month.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said he hopes to have a public meet-and-greet with those three candidates in the next few weeks. The city received 44 applications for the position.

    “We’re moving along pretty quick, and I’m expecting us to have somebody (selected) in the next three weeks or so,” Hillman said.

  • Apartment building proposed for Idaho Springs

    Plans for an $8.5 million, 60-unit apartment building in Idaho Springs could help ease the county’s housing shortage.

    The “affordable employee workforce housing” project on Colorado Boulevard would include a parking structure for up to 85 cars, said Kevin O’Malley, project developer. O’Malley declined to give the specific location of the site because of what he called the preliminary nature of the project.