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.”

  • Idaho Springs hires community developer

    Tim Katers is the new interim community developer in Idaho Springs.

    City council members hired Katers to work part-time at an hourly rate, as all the city’s job descriptions are re-evaluated. The hourly rate and the future budget for the job were not immediately available from the city. Katers said he expects the job to grow to a full-time position in the coming months.

  • Clear Creek Co-Ed Recreation Softball standings, playoffs

    Bad Influence 7-0, 1.000
    Buffalo 4-3, .571
    Jackalopes 3-4, .429
    Alpine Mountain 3-4, .429
    Destroia’s 2-5, .286
    Tommy Knocker 2-5, .286

  • Slow start offensively, defensively hampers CCHS

    BYERS — Zero week coupled with some inexperience added up to a bad combination, at least in the first half for Clear Creek. But by the time the Golddiggers fine-tuned their offense and put the clamps on Byers, it was too little too late.

    First-half touchdown runs by burly fullback Roger Hamacher and tailback Raul Hurtado proved to be enough as Byers, playing on its home field after turf was installed, shut out Clear Creek 13-0 in the season opener for both schools on Aug. 23.

  • Upper classmen, freshmen bring a diverse mix

    As Karin Thomsen looks at the 2014 Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers, she is appreciative of the four seniors and the role models they are for this year’s volleyball team. That’s because she’s got a young squad beyond that.

    But with the likes of libero Shay Johnson, setter Kaela Kalabany, middle hitter Anna Schwecke and outside hitter Katie Vieweg, CCHS has not only a nucleus in place to contend with in the 3A Frontier League but to also get back to the playoffs, albeit this year in 2A.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Diabetes prevention program focuses on healthy diet, exercise

    Donna Swanson knows what snacks are healthy and what snacks aren’t.
    Since her grandmother had diabetes, Swanson, 76, is more conscientious than most about what she eats. Swanson does not have diabetes. But she knows that when she eats too many foods made up of carbohydrates and sugar, her blood sugar levels go up — a health warning sign.
    “At my age, I know the things that will work and motivate me and keep me going,” Swanson said. “I’m going to change my lifestyle.”

  • Volunteering becomes a post-retirement career

    Marvin Geisness didn’t have much time to volunteer while working and raising children, but since retiring, his mission is to make up for lost time.
    “I think it is important, especially if you have not led your life volunteering, to at some point create a life balance,” Geisness said. “If you can’t do it early on, do it later on, and I’m fortunate enough that I have a lot of free hours (now).”