Today's News

  • Wholesale marijuana growing operation gets OK


    A wholesale marijuana growing operation can operate on a 74-acre property along Colorado 103, after Clear Creek County commissioners approved a zoning change for the land June 10.

    Property owner Guy Gibson wants to grow alfalfa and possibly marijuana on his property at 8620 State Highway 103 about 8 miles south of Idaho Springs. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the zoning change for the property to “agricultural” from “mountain residential.”

  • Currents

    June 27-28

    The fifth annual RapidGrass Music Festival will be on the baseball fields in Idaho Springs. Performances run from 2 p.m. to midnight on Friday and from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. Workshops for student musicians will be held Friday afternoon and evening at the United Center in Idaho Springs. Clear Creek RapidGrass is a nonprofit music festival designed to showcase acoustic musical talent. For more information, visit www.clearcreekrapidgrass.com.

    June 27

  • Mom of infant who died arrested in murder solicitation case

    The mother of an infant whose death in May remains under investigation has been arrested on suspicion of solicitation of first-degree murder.

    Haley Stanfield of Idaho Springs, whose 1-year-old son, Logan Borchik, died in May, is in custody. Her preliminary hearing is set for July 2.

    According to the arrest warrant, Stanfield is suspected of trying to persuade her son’s father to kill her boyfriend, who reportedly was watching the infant May 6 when a 911 call was made.

  • Forest Service considering ban on recreational shooting

    U.S. Forest Service officials are considering closing all public land to recreational shooting in a zone called the “wildland-urban interface.”

    The 400,000-acre wildfire zone — mostly along Colorado’s Front Range and Interstate 70 — is an area where homes and other manmade improvements are close to natural terrain and flammable vegetation, according to information on a Colorado State University website.

  • School board owes the public an explanation

     Stunned, like so many in Clear Creek. Todd Lancaster, home-grown superintendent, unceremoniously axed in a chaotic forum that, according to several accounts, resembled more of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on first” routine than a dignified deliberative body. We, the public, having had little or no inkling of irresolvable division within the leadership and ranks of our schools, were blindsided.

  • The value of age

    Carrying a variety of heirlooms, community members entered the Carlson Elementary School gym for an antiques appraisal show fund-raiser on June 8.

    The event was hosted by the Historical Society of Idaho Springs and the Lions Club, with the help of Denver-based appraisers Nostalgia Plus. Residents brought everything to get appraised from old toy cars to fishing rods.

  • Groove Music Festival planned for mid-July

    Organizers have sold about 400 tickets to the new Groove Music and Arts Festival at Shadows Ranch near Idaho Springs, although they don’t have county approval for it — yet.

    Bands such as Keller Williams and Hot Buttered Rum are slated to play at the three-day festival scheduled for July 18 to 20, said Kevin Long, owner of the event company Groove Productions, which is putting on the festival. 

  • County administrator Breslin to take job in Dillon

    Clear Creek County Administrator Tom Breslin is leaving to become the town manager of Dillon. Hired in 2010, Breslin will leave his position on June 20. 

    County commissioners will decide if they want to hire an interim county administrator until the position is officially filled.

    Breslin, a veteran, former New York City firefighter, lawyer and public works director for Keystone Resort, was hired to replace Selby Myers, who had the job from 2007 to 2010. Before that, the county had gone without a county administrator for nearly 10 years.

  • Former superintendent says it’s time to move on from district

    Former Clear Creek Superintendent Todd Lancaster said he decided ultimately to resign from his position so he and the school district could move on.

    “For many personal and professional reasons, it is best to move on,” Lancaster said. “It’s a sad thing the way it all happened. I sincerely hope the district moves on as soon as it can.”

    Lancaster said he was already being recruited for positions that offered more money.

  • Currents

     June 21

    The Empire Frog Rodeo starts with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Live music starts in Minton Park at 11:15 a.m. and the rodeo begins at noon. There will be games, food and music. For more information, visit www.empirefrogrodeo.com.


    June 22