Today's News

  • Skiers headed toward the elevation of state

    By Matthew Van Deventer — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — While foothills ski teams are at a disadvantage because they can’t get to the slopes as often as their high-country opponents, several such as Evergreen, Platte Canyon and Clear Creek will be represented at the alpine and nordic skiing state championships Feb. 25 and 26 in Aspen.

    Teams compete in four events: giant slalom, slalom, skate and classic.

    Clear Creek

  • Winds rip roof from water treatment building in Idaho Springs

    Strong wind gusts last week blew the roof off one of Idaho Springs’ water treatment buildings on Highway 103.

    City Administrator Andy Marsh said the wind on Feb. 8 caused heavy damage to the building. There is still no estimate on the cost to fix the roof, though Marsh is contacting the city’s insurance company to see whether the roof was covered.

  • Rare wintering northern flicker adds flair to season

    (Reprinted from Feb. 25, 2009)

    It was 8 degrees above zero when I went out this morning, and Our Evergreen World was shimmering with hoarfrost.

    Every, twig, stem and pine needle was encrusted with diamonds. Our entire landscape shimmered like Tiffany’s window. Backlit by the rising sun, each tree and shrub was a scintillating piece of jewelry.


    APRIL 7
    Duct tape art with David and Sarah Grundy at 5 p.m. at the Rock House in Idaho Springs. Students in sixth- through 12th-grade are welcome to come participate

    APRIL 10
    Georgetown Cultural Arts and John Tomay Library present a showing of “Casablanca” at 7 p.m. Sunday April 10, at the Georgetown Heritage Center, 613 Sixth Ave. There’s no charge to watch the movie, though donations are welcome. For more information, visit Georgetown HeritageCenter.org.

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  • Sorry: Boring pragmatism is what we need

    Swagger is American. John Wayne. John Elway. Donald Trump. Swagger isn’t just talk; it’s the walk. Strut your stuff.

    Swagger is a guy thing. A 6-foot-plus-tall guy thing. And the guy better exude toughness.

    Bernie Sanders doesn’t swagger. He towers. He’s gruff, unkempt and barks. He points. Must have the last word. Full of platitudes. Supporters find that endearing.

  • I-70 toll lane getting the job done

    Since opening in December, Interstate 70’s eastbound toll lane has successfully reduced traffic congestion for skiers returning to the Denver area during peak periods, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

    CDOT officials met with Clear Creek’s county commissioners on Feb. 9 to update them on the new lane, which was built at a cost of $78.6 million and stretches from Empire to the Veterans Memorial Tunnels east of Idaho Springs.

  • Clear Creek robotics team headed to state championships

    With perseverance, enthusiasm and a plucky little four-wheel-drive robot, the Clear Creek High School Robotics Team is headed to the state championships the last weekend in February.

    Last Thursday the team C2 Botz met in a classroom to tinker with its robot in preparation for the prestigious FIRST Tech Challenge state competition.

  • Springs may ask voters for tax hike to pay for parking garage

    Idaho Springs may ask voters in 2017 to approve a sales-tax increase to fund construction of a parking garage on the southwest side of the historic district.

    For the past six months the city has purchased six properties in the area, at a total cost of $350,000, for the garage.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said he is talking with the Colorado Department of Transportation about a potential funding partnership and about making the structure bus-friendly.

  • Decorative lighting goes dark in Idaho Springs

    City officials have unplugged the decorative lighting in downtown Idaho Springs for fear it could pose a fire risk.

    The lighting, which cost $16,000, was installed last fall as a joint project between the city and merchants to illuminate the rooftops of buildings in the historic district to draw the attention of passing motorists on Interstate 70.

    However, it recently was discovered that the Tivoli-style lighting could pose a serious fire danger, and the lights went dark last week.

  • Opening this business was a big step

    With her strong passion for and storied history in the performing arts, Nycole Cropper recently opened NYC Dance in Idaho Springs. 

    The dance school at 1639 Miner St. will offer lessons to children, teenagers and adults.

    Dance is something Cropper knows a lot about.

    Originally from Greeley, she essentially grew up in the dance studio her mother operated.