Today's News

  • Mount Evans open to summer traffic

    Mountain visitors can rejoice — the road to the top of Mount Evans is finally open for summer drives.

    Not only did the road from Echo Lake Park to the top of the mountain reopen on Aug. 4, but it's planned to stay open until the first substantial snowfall — probably in mid-October, according to Emily Wilfong, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The road usually closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Event center idea still under consideration

    An event center feasibility study may still be in Clear Creek County's future, based on a meeting that's planned between BBC Research and Consulting and the county commissioners.

    The Denver consulting firm was one of three companies that bid to do an event center feasibility report in January before the project was put on hold. County officials still plan to hold a meeting with BBC Research, based on information announced in a recent commission meeting.

  • ‘I still dream of flying’

    “I used to dream about flying when I was a kid,” said Evergreen resident and IT specialist for the National Park Services Allen “Sparky” Sparks as he feeds the poles that give his hang glider shape through their narrow Dacron fabric opening.

  • Chu thrives in half marathon

    IDAHO SPRINGS — When life comes at you a mile a minute, it’s particularly helpful to be able to run a 5-minute mile like Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon winner Steve Chu.
    The 33-year-old Colorado Springs resident and running enthusiast took the laurels by finishing the race with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 41 seconds.

  • House finches, other species sighted at area feeders

    Mid-August and instead of the lazy days of hot summer, it has been relatively warm days and good-sleeping cool nights. Sitting out in front of Elk Run Assisted Living, I watched two house finches bring their young to the feeder as well as seeing one adult American robin trying to find a place damp enough to provide one angleworm to feed his one youngster.

    Although nearly full size, the immature robin still sported enough speckles on his breast to identify him and to show his age as a young member of the thrush family.

  • Volunteers needed to improve Rutherford Trail

    Clear Creek County and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado are looking for a few good samaritans to help rehabilitate historic Rutherford Trail near Georgetown on Aug. 29 and 30.

    The two groups hope to finish what was started two years ago by widening, securing and building boardwalks on the old wagon road that once led from Georgetown to historic Silverdale along South Clear Creek.

    Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado spokeswoman Jessica Von Duerring said the current state of the trail necessitates the work, adding it is soggy and muddy for most of its length.

  • Alpine Rescue aids two hikers on Aug. 5

    Alpine Rescue had back-to-back missions Aug. 5 transporting injured hikers — one near Guanella Pass and the other in Evergreen.

    The first occurred at Square Top Mountain on Guanella Pass when a woman seriously injured her ankle. Spokeswoman Dawn Wilson said 13 members of Alpine Rescue, four from Park County Search and Rescue, and one Clear Creek EMS members responded to the incident.

    Wilson said they arrived about 1:30 p.m. and didn’t finish until 6 p.m. because of the remote location and difficulty of carrying a gurney through rugged terrain.

  • Springs hoping to add three reserve officers

    The Idaho Springs Police Department plans to bolster its ranks with three more reserve officers over the next year.

    Reserve officers are volunteer, unpaid members of the department who receive the same training and have the same qualifications as full-time officers.

    Interim Police Chief Glenn Hardey said the reserve program wasn’t fully utilized in years past, and it’s time to make the most of it.

    The department now has one volunteer reserve officer working 40 hours a month and seven full-time paid officers.

  • Quality time

    Thomas Thibeault, 6, fishes with his father, Eric, at Echo Lake on Saturday. Warm temperatures have made the county’s lakes and streams popular places to visit in recent weeks.

  • Springs-Georgetown bus service planned

    A new Idaho Springs-Georgetown bus route may get rolling in January, after county officials recently received a $75,000 state grant for a new bus.

    Hundreds of people in Clear Creek County who can’t drive could be a target market for the new bus service, said John Bryan, a Clear Creek County spokesman. A private taxi service costs as much as $80 for a ride across the county, Bryan pointed out.