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Today's News

  • Warblers’ beautiful songs fill the air in the foothills

    I can hear what I believe to be a yellow warbler singing, but I haven’t seen it yet, so I am not positive of my identification because I don’t trust my ears. Unfortunately, my hearing is not what it used to be.

  • Pot store manager appointed to fill vacancy on Idaho Springs council

    Jason Siegel, general manager of the Kine Mine marijuana shop, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council.

    Siegel replaces Lisa Highley, who resigned the Ward 3 seat in May because of an impending move to New Hampshire to be near her daughter.

    Highley was appointed in 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Michael Hillman when he was elected mayor. The Ward 3 seat is up for election in November, according to interim city administrator Phyllis Adams.

  • Colorado Boulevard work put off until 2016

    Construction on Colorado Boulevard that is expected to take 18 months and tie up traffic on the major thoroughfare in Idaho Springs is being delayed until the spring of 2016.

    The decision was made to give people a break from the numerous construction projects the city is undertaking and to give officials time to get more competitive bids, Mayor Mike Hillman said.

  • Music to their ears

    Alahnie Hoisington, 2, blows bubbles Friday during the Clear Creek RapidGrass Music Festival in Idaho Springs. The annual event was started in 2010 by brother and sister duo Mark and Sarah Morris.

  • County hoping land at G-town Lake lures hotel builders

    Now that county officials have bought a highly visible 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake, they hope developers will come knocking.

    The county paid $532,500 for the land, which officials say could someday be the site of a hotel, a housing development and recreational amenities such as a trailhead and parking. The transaction closed Tuesday, June 23. The land had been listed for sale for $595,000.

  • Discussions on westbound toll lane on hold

    Discussions on a new toll lane for westbound Interstate 70 are on hold after Clear Creek’s county commissioners complained about current road construction and traffic woes on the eastbound side.

    Meetings had been slated for Tuesday and for Aug. 5-6, after a group of government leaders called the I-70 Coalition gave an informal go-ahead to holding them, said Steve Harelson, a project engineer at the Colorado Department of Transportation.

    After a June 23 meeting with county commissioners, however, the future gatherings are uncertain, Harelson said.

  • Clear Creek reopened to recreational users in Jeffco

    Inner-tube users, people with single-person rafts, swimmers and others who play in the water can go back in Clear Creek in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office says.

    Sheriff's deputies closed the high-flowing stream to all individual water activities on June 12. Only commercial rafters and kayakers have legally been allowed since then. Others have faced fines, if caught.

  • G-town man charged in stabbing at Mother's Saloon

    A Georgetown resident was in custody Tuesday in connection with the stabbing of a man at Mother's Saloon on Sunday night.

    Dean M. Hennessy, 51, appeared in court Tuesday morning. He faces charges of attempted murder, assault and driving under the influence, according to the Clear Creek district attorney's office. Hennessy reportedly was arrested early Monday morning.

  • Shelter on Squaw Pass to be spruced up

    Back when now-vintage cars were shiny and new, Arapaho Spring Shelter on Squaw Pass Road was a key stop on the way to Mount Evans.

    Fresh water from the spring cooled hot car engines straining under the rapid elevation gain. The gazebo with the stone stairs and cedar-shingle roof gave passengers a chance to stretch their legs.

    In the 1930s, workers in the Civilian Conservation Corps created the G-Loop, which took sightseers from Morrison up to Bergen Park and over Squaw Pass Road to Echo Lake before returning back through Golden to Denver.

  • Improvements eyed for Saxon Mountain four-wheel-drive roads

    Saxon Mountain's four-wheel-drive roads and trails could soon get a U.S. Forest Service spruce-up.

    The popular backcountry area on the mountain south and east of Georgetown is riddled with old mining relics and tailings. Rocky, unmaintained four-wheel-drive roads up the mountain can be accessed from downtown Georgetown.