Today's News

  • County considers uses for former BLM parcels

    About 140 acres of former BLM land could mean economic opportunity for Clear Creek County in the future, officials say.

    Two separate parcels of vacant land near the top of South Spring Gulch Road near Idaho Springs could be new sites for telecommunications, water storage or energy projects, officials said at a recent county commissioner meeting. One of the former Bureau of Land Management sites also could be a good spot for a Homeland Security project, said Peggy Stokstad, president of the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp.

  • Developers eyeing affordable-housing projects

    Some developers are taking another look at building homes in Clear Creek County now that a new housing authority office is open, said Kevin O’Malley, a Realtor and former county commissioner.

    O’Malley said he might be one of the developers interested in building homes that workers in the county could afford to rent or buy. He declined to say where the project might be or to give any other details.

  • Incentives eyed to lure hotel to Georgetown Lake site

    Economic development gurus could use financial incentives to lure a developer to build a 125-room hotel at Georgetown Lake.

    But there might be a 10 percent-or-more profitability gap between the cost to build a hotel at a site at Argentine and 22nd streets and potential annual revenue, according to a $17,000 hotel market study done by the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp.

  • Idaho Springs to seek 1-cent boost in city sales tax

    Idaho Springs will ask voters in November for a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax to be used for road maintenance.

    The current sales-tax rate in Idaho Springs is 6.9 percent, of which 3 percent goes to the city. If approved by voters on Nov. 4, the total sales tax would be 7.9 percent.

    Officials say the city hasn't raised its sales tax in recent memory, and the increase would bring the city an estimated$350,000 a year in additional revenue. They expect the majority of the money would come from the city's visitors.

  • Jon Chandler brings the West to Idaho Springs

    The tales of the West reach from the top of the Rocky Mountains to the bottom of the prairie sea, and nobody tells them better than celebrated singer and songwriter Jon Chandler.

    At 7 p.m. Saturday, Chandler will take the United Center stage in Idaho Springs to share his musical narratives of life in America’s wide places with some folks who know what he’s singing about. Just don’t expect a lot of drawl out of the evening, or weepy yodeling about pickup trucks and honky-tonks.

  • Woman held for trial in kill-for-hire case

    Idaho Springs resident Haley Stanfield, arrested in May on suspicion of trying to persuade her late son's father to kill her boyfriend, was bound over for trial at a hearing on Thursday.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said Stanfield also is a “person of interest” in a child abuse case related to the death of her 1-year-old son, Logan Borchik. The infant died after a 911 call reporting a child choking at Stanfield’s home. Stanfield’s boyfriend, Josh Olson, reportedly was at the home when the call was made.

  • Costa Rican native Zumbado tops field in the grueling race

    By Chelsy Woods Klein
    For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — Traveling 15 1/4 miles is A little more than a drop in the bucket when you are almost 2,500 miles from home like Costa Rican native Gabriel Zumbado was. 

  • Bob Cook Hill Climb has an Italian feel to it

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Bravo! Bellissimo!

    Granted, it’s a long way from Italy to Clear Creek County, but the winners of the top pro categories at the 49th Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb have a connection to the land of La Dolce Vita.

  • Time for school board to come clean

    “A little water clears us of this deed.”
     — Lady Macbeth

    Let’s pick up where I left off last week: with the untimely decapitation of Todd Lancaster, our erstwhile superintendent.
    I e-mailed Peter Monson, an old friend, colleague and longtime member of the Board of Education, inviting the board and “interim” superintendent Roslin Marshall to my KYGT-FM show to give them the opportunity “to clear the air regarding ‘Toddgate.’ ”

  • A weekend of sweet, sassy sounds

    Skirts swirled and fingers twirled as dancers moved to smoothly styled tunes played by the Blue Suitcase Trio at the Evergreen Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon.
    The New York-based musicians were among many talented groups that performed during the annual three-day festival in Evergreen.
    While the trio was playing in the ballroom of the Evergreen Elks Lodge, Big Mama Sue belted out songs that were popular in the early 1900s at the club’s patio venue.