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Today's News

  • County veterans court moving forward

    Clear Creek County is moving closer to creating its own veterans court.

    County Veterans Services Officer Troy Erickson said the process is about 33 percent done, and he did not estimate when the court that helps military veterans who are defendants find resources would be operational.

  • Hit-and-run victim feeling better after accident

    An Idaho Springs resident is feeling better after being knocked unconscious when a vehicle hit him while he was on his way home from work on April 14.

    Police found Jason Hearn lying in the road in the 1200 block of Miner Street. The driver fled the scene. Hearn received facial injuries and can't remember the accident. He said he woke up hours later while in a CAT scan at the hospital.

  • All aboard!

    With the sound of a whistle, the Georgetown Loop Railroad opened on Saturday and is expecting to go full steam ahead this year after 2016 was its most successful season ever.

    Historic Rail Adventures of Georgetown, operator of the railroad, is reporting in 2016 a 20,000-rider jump over 2015.

    “We had 153,000 riders last year, and that was by far the most that have ever ridden,” said Mark Graybill, president of Historic Rail Adventures.

    He said the railroad added trains last year to help keep up with demand.

  • News briefs

    Residents on east side of Idaho Springs may get parking relief
    The City of Idaho Springs is considering letting residents living near the demolished lumberyard site use the new temporary parking lot overnight.

    The former lumberyard site, which will eventually become the county medical clinic, will be used as a parking lot this summer. The building on the property on Miner Street east of the Historic District was demolished in early April.

    The county is allowing the city to use the lot for overflow parking during daylight hours only.

  • Mountain lions roaming the area

    Officials are asking residents to be careful especially from dusk till dawn because a mountain lion was spotted in Idaho Springs on April 22 and another was hit and killed the week before on Interstate 70.

  • CCHS’ Arneson awarded prestigious scholarship

    Clear Creek High School senior Gavin Arneson is the perfect example of someone who has made lemonade when life gave him lemons.

    His efforts to have good grades, to get involved in community service and to be a leader among his peers despite facing many obstacles in his life have earned him several scholarships to college. On Thursday, he was awarded the prestigious National Honor Society Scholarship during a surprise assembly with his classmates, teachers and family there to watch.

  • Second man dies at Loveland Ski Area

    A 59-year-old man from Boulder died Friday at Loveland Ski Area.

    On Tuesday, the Clear Creek Coroner was conducting the autopsy of Kevin Edwards to determine his cause of death.

    According to Loveland spokesman John Sellers, the incident occurred in the area known as the West Ropes.

    "Ski patrol was notified of a missing person and immediately initiated an area wide search," Loveland said in a statement. "The skier was located at approximately 1:07 p.m. and ski patrol immediately began to administer CPR."

  • Police identify body found off Highway 103

    Police have identified the woman discovered near Highway 103 on April 8.

    Queen Ashby, 20, from Aurora was first found by a motorist who alerted authorities.

    Ashby was identified after dozens of tips were forwarded to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

    Police have notified Ashby's family. Undersheriff Bruce Snelling said Ashby was not reported as missing.

  • Syria, North Korea, Iran and Berkeley, Calif

    The media elites continue to treat a large segment of the American public with a level of disdain that approaches abhorrence and is manifested by their obvious frustration and self-righteous incredulousness.

  • Customer service is a thing of the past

    Democracy is a wonderful thing. So is equality. It’s great knowing we all pull our trousers on in similar fashion and share a common destiny: Not getting out alive.

    But then we board a sardine can with wings or sit idling on a traffic-clogged highway or stand in a 30-minute line to board a ski lift and think, “What the fuzzola!”

    Solar eclipses are rare to behold. So is yours truly finding common ground with Jon Caldera of the Independence Institute. Liberal communing with Libertarian.