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Today's News

  • G-town Loop working to open Everett Mine for tours

    The Georgetown Loop Railroad is hoping to strike it rich by refurbishing an old silver mine to attract more tourists.

    Workers are excavating the Everett Mine, which is near the Lebanon Mine. Both are north of Georgetown, and tours are conducted through the Lebanon Mine.

    Loop marketing manager Tom Hill said the Lebanon Mine is such a popular destination for tourists riding the train that there's not enough room in the mine to accommodate them.

  • Time machines: Historic hot rods will re-create Georgetown’s other Golden Age

    The Silver Queen will be awash in steel and chrome on Saturday, Sept. 13, as up to 70 vintage road-rockets roar back into Georgetown for the second annual Hot Rod Hill Climb.

    “These aren’t sports cars,” says Mike Nicholas, chief wrench at Nick’s Garage in Englewood and the man who kicked the Hill Climb back into high gear last summer. “These are the drag cars of the early ‘50s running four-bangers, flathead-8s and early in-line motors.”

  • Yesteryear’s guests bring past to life at hotel museum

    The Countess Magri was the most famous person ever to stay at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown.

    The countess, probably better known as the former Mrs. General Tom Thumb, appears to have been the most famous person to sign the guestbook in 1893, anyway. Before she married Count Magri, an Italian, the countess was well known in popular American culture. She and her husband were internationally known through the marketing and promotion efforts of circus master P.T. Barnum.

  • G-town Lake dam in line for $2.2 million upgrade

    Georgetown and Black Hawk are embarking on a project at the Georgetown Lake dam that will allow more water to flow down Clear Creek to stay in compliance with a Colorado Water Court decision.

    The two towns have rights to some water in the lake, but the rest belongs to municipalities downstream in the Denver area. That’s why the towns are spending $2.2 million to create a way to allow more water to flow over the dam and to better regulate that flow.

  • Parents, students admire renovations at King-Murphy

    The fourth-grade classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School have that fresh-paint, new-carpet smell.

    “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told the students to look at the carpet,” said fourth-grade teacher Samantha Gorenstein, knowing the carpets won’t be clean for long as students settle into the daily — and sometimes messy — routine of the new school year.

  • Cost doubles for shoulder lane on I-70

    It could now cost $72 million to build an eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 from Empire to Idaho Springs — $36 million more than state transportation officials originally budgeted.

    A bank loan of $20 million to $30 million could cover most of the difference, according to a memo from Tony DeVito, the state transportation director in charge of the region, to state transportation commissioners.

  • Georgetown officials preparing to formulate 2015 budget

    Georgetown officials are assembling their wish lists as they get ready to put together a town budget for 2015.
    Among the items enumerated by selectmen during their Aug. 12 meeting were a permanent restroom at City Park estimated to cost $50,000, money set aside to help the town enforce its building codes, more money for road repair, and more funding for the annual July 4 fireworks display.

  • New town clerk takes over in Silver Plume

    Tammy Sanford is the new, part-time Silver Plume town clerk — the third person to hold the job in less than a year.

    Sanford, the former Georgetown town clerk, started in the job soon after former clerk Zahna Smith left about two months ago for unknown reasons. Sanford referred questions about Smith’s departure to Mayor Lee Berenato.

  • Blaming victims, victimizing blameless

    Behind every personal and/or group interaction, what Herman Melville calls the “living act, the undoubted deed,” is a message intended to communicate a psychological construct or emotion ranging from caring and compassion to contempt and anger.

  • Currents

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    Sept. 5
    The Social Ethics Club will host a potluck meeting at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge at noon Friday, Sept. 5. The club welcomes visitors, so if you would like to join the group, call Carla at 303-567-2179.  

    Sept. 6