Today's News

  • Rec center budget wrangling nearly complete

    The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District board received final construction documents to renovate the rec center in Idaho Springs last week, moving one step closer to determining whether the project is within budget this time around.

  • School budget will dip into reserves again

    The Clear Creek School District’s 2014-15 budget reflects several changes championed by the former superintendent, pay increases for teachers and staff — and a $152,000 shortfall that will be covered by reserve funds.

    The budget, recently approved by the school board, shows $8.6 million in general fund expenditures compared with last year’s $8.4 million.

    District business manager Willie Leslie said the district has had to use reserve funds to balance the budget in other years. The district’s reserve fund stands at $1.4 million.

  • Condon resigns as Springs city administrator

    Longtime Idaho Springs City Administrator Cindy Condon submitted a letter of resignation Monday and is currently on administrative leave.

    Mayor Michael Hillman said he could not comment on the reason for her resignation because it was a "personnel matter."

    Hillman said that for the resignation to become official, the city council first needs to discuss and accept the letter during an executive session planned for Monday.

  • Stairs finishes his climb back up

    DUMONT — Warren Stairs took a year off from rodeo to get himself right both mentally and physically. He also didn’t have much time for it anyway with work taking priority. But the 24-year-old Elizabeth resident was in-tuned when it came to the 2014 Oh My Gawd Rodeo.
    Despite not competing in the first week of the four-week series, Stairs won the bareback buckling championship June 27 at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds, and he did so with a re-ride at that.

  • Crespin gets monkey off his back

    GEORGETOWN — Lucas Crespin wasn’t going to be denied any longer.
    The 29-year-old Lone Tree resident has been painstakingly close to winning the Slacker Half Marathon three times before, finishing fourth in 2008 and ’09 — the first time after a detour cost him some precious minutes — and he was the runner-up in 2012. But each time, he got a little bit faster.

  • 3 die in crash of small plane at Loveland Valley Ski Area

    At least three people were killed Monday morning when a single-engine airplane crashed at Loveland Valley Ski Area.

    Three people in the aircraft were confirmed dead; it was not known if anyone else was on board.

    Emergency personnel were working to remove the people from the plane after crews extinguished a fire.

    A column of smoke was visible about a quarter mile south of the resort’s parking lot.

    A witness to the crash saw the plane go into a tailspin and heard an explosion when it hit the ground.

  • Springs asks residents not to put water used in pot grows down drain

    The city of Idaho Springs is asking residents not to put water used in growing marijuana down the drain. In recent weeks, the city's wastewater plant has seen a significant increase in the amount of chemicals used in growing marijuana, which, officials say, taxes the plant's ability to clean the water and costs the city more money.

  • Red-winged blackbirds are earliest spring arrivals

     Below my window is the roof of two buildings and two large paved parking lots that were scraped flat out of the hillside. Because of our hard rains, these are drained away to prevent puddling.

  • Slacker a boon for runners, county

     It’s called the Slacker given it’s primarily a downhill course, but running 13.1 miles beginning near 11,000 feet is still taxing. Runners from Europe, Australia and across America know if they want their lungs screaming, America’s highest-in-elevation half-marathon will make that happen.

    The 13th annual Slacker Half Marathon and Four-Mile Run is the brainchild of local everything Beth Luther. Keeping up with Beth is like running a full marathon. A slacker she’s not.

  • Man’s body found in Clear Creek

    The body of a man was recovered from Clear Creek last Thursday after someone reported to the Sheriff’s Office that he was swimming in the creek.

    James Richard Paul, 56, from the Boulder/Lafayette area, drowned near North Springs Gulch, and his body was recovered by the Clear Creek Fire Authority near mile marker 240 on eastbound I-70. A witness called police about 3:35 p.m.

    Maj. Rick Albers strongly advised against swimming in Clear Creek this time of the year.