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Today's News

  • Fund-raiser planned for victim of hit-and-run accident

    Known for her upbeat and energetic personality, Desiree Culver worked for years as a waitress in many local restaurants.

    The day after Thanksgiving, while wearing her bright pink jacket, the 33-year-old went for a walk during a break from her job at Starbucks in Dumont.

    She remembers seeing a car coming toward her, so she stepped aside to make sure she was out of the way. But it hit her and kept going. With severe injuries, she was unconscious for hours on the side of the road before she was found.

    Culver regained consciousness in the hospital.

  • City hopes to get partial refund for doused lights

    Idaho Springs officials hope to get at least a partial refund of the $16,000 it cost to install Tivoli-style lighting along the rooftops in the city’s historic district.

    The lights were removed after burn marks were discovered on a metal gutter where some had been installed.

    "We're hoping to get at least partial refunds on some of it," said city council member Bob Bowland, "but there was really no guarantee in the contract, and so we'll see how that goes."

  • Local gets yogurt shop on the rails in Georgetown

    Vanilla, strawberry, triple chocolate, root beer float, white chocolate mousse and cotton candy sorbet: Jerry Story has something for everyone.

    But more than just delicious flavors, he hopes families find a place to have fun at the Yogurt Express, a train-themed frozen-yogurt shop that opened Wednesday at 612 Sixth St. in Georgetown.

    The railroad enthusiast has decorations reflecting his passion covering the walls, as well as photos of his family traveling the state. He hopes community members will add their own photos.

  • Empire annexing 5.6 acres on east side

    The town of Empire is annexing 5.6 acres on its east side to have better control over the parcel's future.

    "It's just Empire trying to take a chunk of the land we own and more or less change our boundary," said Mayor Richard Sprague.

    On April 19, county staff recommended the county commissioners support the annexation, but they weren't required to take any formal action.

    Commissioner Phil Buckland said he agreed with the town's decision.

  • Mural creation caps Earth Day at King-Murphy

    Thousands of plastic bottle caps of every color imaginable sat in tubs in the King-Murphy gym last Thursday, awaiting students to grab them and glue them onto an Earth Day-themed mural.

    In the meantime, younger students watched a puppet show that explained why it’s important not to use plastic bags, while outside students created snow sculptures with environmental-awareness themes.

    The kids had planned to plant wildflower seeds around the school grounds, but the last vestiges of the recent spring snowstorm made for a quick change of plans.

  • King-Murphy parents outraged when board doesn't renew teacher's contract

    King-Murphy Elementary parents threatened to pull their children from the school after the Clear Creek school board voted 4-1 Tuesday night not to renew the contract of beloved sixth-grade teacher Beth Cavanaugh for the 2016-17 school year.

    About 40 parents and teachers spent more than 60 minutes pleading with the board to keep Cavanaugh at the school. More than 20 people spoke, including three students, all emphasizing that Cavanaugh is a great teacher who sparks excitement for learning.

  • District planning to cut five teaching positions

    The Clear Creek School District plans to cut its teaching staff by five positions because of a continuing decline in enrollment.

    The school board unanimously agreed April 19 to enact a reduction-in-force resolution. Some of the positions will come from attrition, though Superintendent Roslin Marshall expects that as many as three staff members will be laid off.

  • Fire Authority wants municipalities, county to have uniform fire codes

    County and Clear Creek Fire Authority officials want municipalities on the same page when it comes to adopting new fire codes.

    Fire Chief Kelly Babeon met with the county commissioners April 19 to discuss bringing both the unincorporated portions of the county and the cities up to date on building and fire codes. He hopes representatives from all municipalities can meet to discuss potential amendments to the fire codes.

    Babeon said Empire is still using the 1979 fire code, Silver Plume 1991, Georgetown 2003, Idaho Springs 2006 and the county 1997.

  • Man dies when vehicle plunges down hillside in national forest

    A 24-year-old Arvada man died April 21 after his vehicle plunged down a 300-foot hillside and crashed into trees in the Arapaho National Forest.

    According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, Jackson Mills was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

    A passenger, Victor Crowe, 25, of Westminster also was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Reid. Crowe was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood with moderate injuries.

  • Cost to move cabin to be determined

    The Idaho Springs Historic Sites and Facilities Committee will determine how much it would cost to move the log cabin used by KYGT-FM to another location.

    The study, being done so the city council can make an educated decision about the issue, will also include the panel’s recommendation, and a list of other sites or uses for the historic cabin.