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Today's News

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Dec. 18-24

    · Monday, Dec. 18 — A deputy spoke with a Lawson resident about an item found in a bag that was purchased from a government auction.

    · Monday, Dec. 18 — A deputy responded to a report of people at a Silver Plume residence who weren’t supposed to be there.

    · Monday, Dec. 18 — Deputies responded to a report of an assault in a vehicle near mile marker 256 of U.S. Highway 40. After checking the area, no one was located.

  • Loveland employee dies in accident

    A Loveland employee died in an accident while working at the ski resort on Thursday.

    Spokesman John Sellers said the incident is currently being investigated.

    The details of the accident which killed Adam Lee, 40, have not yet been released.

    Sellers said, the incident happened at about 11 a.m. and ski patrol was in the area and responded immediately.

    “Loveland Ski Area extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected by this tragic event,” Sellers said in a statement.

  • I-70 road damage causing delays

    Damage to westbound I-70 near mile marker 244 is causing long delays Friday afternoon.

    The damage appears to be a massive pothole in the right lane.

    CDOT is advising motorists to use alternate routes including U.S. 6 Clear Creek Canyon and U.S. 285 to CO 9 North to get to Summit County.

    Due to the extent of damage to the road westbound Bustang trips will temporarily bypass Idaho Springs.

  • Interstate 70 is out of control

    On Nov. 30, 1965, Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed” was released to the chagrin of auto manufacturers. Few thought the book would sell, but within six months, it became a New York Times bestseller alongside Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”
    The auto industry’s outrage was palpable, but several months later, a once-resistant Congress created the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and features we take for granted — air bags, safety harnesses, rearview cameras — have become standard.

  • Can a swamper drain a swamp?

    Christmas is that bittersweet time when we adults sadly recall having to accept the reality of Santa Claus. Interestingly, this right of passage usually leads to a new and deeper meaning of the holiday, one that transcends the commercial aspect.
    Well now, we have to be adults and accept the reality of our federal government. In addition to the worn-out criticisms of detachment and unlimited growth, we now have to confront the reality of criminal activity in the very halls of the highest anti-criminal institution. The swamp is populated by criminals.

  • Passenger car derails on Georgetown Loop

    A passenger car on the Georgetown Loop derailed while traveling at about 4 mph on Tuesday.
    There were no reported injuries, according to law enforcement officials. The car left the track, leaned to one side but didn't tip over.
    The incident happened at about 4 p.m. and was caused by a mechanical failure on one of the train cars while it was leaving Devil's Gate.

  • Variance approved, adds ambiance to Hilldaddy's

    The Idaho Springs City Council unanimously approved a variance on Dec. 11 allowing Hilldaddy's Wildfire Restaurant to use a portion of the city’s recently constructed sidewalk.

    The restaurant is owned by Mayor Mike Hillman, who recused himself from the vote.

    Hillman said he wanted to use the newly paved area of city property in front of his business for tables and chairs.

    “I think it will be more attractive and have more curb appeal to have tables and umbrellas out front,” Hillman said.

  • Christmas spirit shines through Santa Shop event

    The Christmas giving spirit showed up in a big way on Dec. 15 and 16 during the annual nonprofit Santa Shop in Idaho Springs.

    Spearheaded by the Clear Creek County Advocates and the Health and Human Services Department, the event provides a gift-giving opportunity for families in need.

    Joni Albers, Santa Shop board president and executive director of Clear Creek Advocates, said secret Santas were out in full force.

    "It was wonderful," Albers said. "It was a big year, we had a lot of people donate."

  • Honoring the fallen: County honors deceased veterans during National Wreaths Across America Day

    Gone but never forgotten, 150 veterans in Clear Creek County received wreaths on their gravestones on Dec. 16.

    The county participated in National Wreaths Across America Day to honor deceased veterans dating as far back as the Civil War.

    For the second straight year, volunteers placed wreaths for veterans laid to rest in the county’s five cemeteries. They also took time to say the name on those markers aloud to help keep alive in their memories.

  • Fatalities down in Clear Creek, coroner says

    Accidental deaths, homicides and suicides were down in 2017, according to Clear Creek County coroner Chris Hegmann.

    However, death by natural causes increased this year.

    The county saw 41 deaths this year, nearly the same number as in 2016. The numbers for last year only go as far as September and numbers for this year are still coming in with autopsy results.