Today's News

  • Local ski pro back on slopes after knee replacement

    Dumont resident and ski coach Harald Harb lives for the outdoors in general and the slopes in particular.

    Harb, who has been a professional skier since 1973, has competed all over the world and started a Colorado-based ski camp in 1998. He currently contracts with Arapahoe Basin.

    Harb was sidelined in April 2015 when he had a knee replaced, but he was was back on the slopes within three months of the surgery.

  • County’s bus service to begin Dec. 5

    The county’s bus service will begin Monday, with the first stop at 7:15 a.m. in Georgetown.

    The service will cost $2 to travel between towns and $1 to travel within a town. Seniors and youths will pay half the standard fare, and passengers are asked to bring exact change.

    The bus will run from Georgetown to Idaho Springs and back in the morning and afternoon.

    Anyone may use the 14-passenger bus, called “The Prospector,” and can request in advance to transfer to a Seniors’ Resource Center bus.

  • Tourism Bureau will use state grant for campaign focusing on county’s mining past

    Clear Creek’s colorful and rugged past is also the key to its future — and the county’s Tourism Bureau hopes to capitalize on that past with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Tourism Office.

    The grant match will allow the bureau to spend $50,000 on a new campaign titled “Old West. New Adventure — The History and Heritage of Clear Creek County.”

  • County 4-H programs keeping young people engaged, busy

    From rabbits to robots, the local 4-H youth program is once again offering courses to students.

    4-H, part of the CSU Extension program in Clear Creek County, continues to grow after its launch three years ago. 4-H offers courses for kids on everything from raising pet rabbits and scrapbooking to leather craft and sewing, and children ages 5 through 7 can explore a variety of topics over the course of the year.

    It also operates the 4-H high school robotics club, summer camps, workshops and after-school programs in coordination with the rec center.

  • Families thankful for holiday meal help

    Carol Sparkman looked thrilled when she saw the turkey she would be bringing home for Thanksgiving.

    The Idaho Springs resident moved to Colorado after a recent flood in Texas displaced her family. With money tight as she works to save up to buy a house, Sparkman said the Loaves & Fishes food bank provided much needed holiday assistance.

    “(Thanksgiving) would have looked very different. Butterball would not have been in my category. They’re great turkeys,” Sparkman said.

  • County strikes deal with Centura to operate clinic

    After five years of negotiations, Clear Creek County and Centura Health have struck a deal to bring a clinic back to Idaho Springs.

    “So it is really true that things come to those who wait and wait and wait,” joked Cindy Dicken, the county’s director of human services.

    The contract specifies that in six months Centura will bring in a doctor, medical assistant, a clerical person and a technician.

    “This clinic is going to be open 40 hours a week, at a minimum, five days a week,” Dicken said.

  • Don Allan to retire from county coroner position

    Longtime Clear Creek Coroner Don Allan is retiring at the end of December, and he submitted his letter of resignation during the Nov. 15 county commission meeting.

    “I cannot complain. It has been a hell of a run,” Allan said.

    Allan has served as coroner for nearly 20 years and previously worked for the Clear Creek ambulance service as a paramedic for 20 years.

  • CDOT bus will stop in Springs

    CDOT’s Bustang commuter bus will make stops in Idaho Springs starting Jan. 22.

    The eastbound trips are scheduled to stop in Idaho Springs at 8:15 and 10 a.m. on the way to Denver Union Station. The westbound route will arrive in Idaho Springs at 4:10 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Tickets will cost $5 for a one-way Denver-Idaho Springs trip.

    Michael Timlin, bus operations manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s division of transit and rail, said details are being finalized on where the bus will pick up and drop off passengers.

  • County creating housing authority

    The county is taking steps to create its own housing authority, which would be operational when its agreement for services with the Summit County housing authority expires in March.

    County Attorney Bob Loeffler said the services provided to county residents by the Summit County agency have been valuable, and he supports the move to create a separate Clear Creek authority.

    “I think that the two years that we’ve been using … the Summit Combined Housing Authority has been really valuable,” Loeffler said.

  • Kine Mine dispensary is sold to new owner

    The Kine Mine marijuana dispensary in Idaho Springs has a new owner.

    IgadI Ltd., which owns marijuana businesses in Tabernash and Central City, bought the business at 2918 Colorado Blvd. from Theran Snyder.

    The Idaho Springs city council unanimously approved the sale on Nov. 14. Because of restrictions in the city regarding marijuana businesses and the need for associated permits, the sale needed council approval.

    Council member Jason Siegel, who is the Kine Mine’s general manager, recused himself from the discussion and vote.