Today's News

  • Clear Creek Tourism Association plans to step up promotion efforts

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Association plans to spend $15,000 this summer to advertise on Denver area buses and commuter rail.

    Additionally, the association will publish and distribute 50,000 visitor guides, highlighting the county’s businesses, recreation and tourism opportunities.

    Tourism director Cassandra Patton said the association is printing 20,000 more visitor guides than last year to mail to various groups along the Front Range.

  • ‘Legally Blonde’ features laughs, songs — and pink — at CCHS

    Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Trip of a lifetime for CCHS students

    Twelve Clear Creek High School students took what they called the trip of a lifetime when they spent 10 days visiting three regions in China over spring break.

    The students rode bikes on the Great Wall, took a river cruise to see Shanghai at night, and visited the Terracotta Army that was buried with the first emperor of China. That doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of their adventures.

    “Every day felt like three days because we did so much,” said junior Molly Doll.

  • Springs council interested in parking garage study

    The Idaho Springs city council seemed in favor of spending $4,600 to hire an engineering firm to study the feasibility of building a downtown parking garage, even though one council member expressed concern about the venture.

    The proposed garage would be located east of the Historic District between 16th and 14th avenues. The city is paying JVA Consulting Engineers for the study, concept drawings and an estimate of construction costs.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said the study will gauge how a parking garage would impact parking needs and pedestrian movement.

  • Three segments of greenway trail previewed

    Segments through Empire, Dumont and Idaho Springs likely will be the first sections of a greenway trail built starting in 2017.

    The public got a peek at the 14-mile Idaho Springs-to-Empire Clear Creek Greenway design project during an open house on March 29.

    The Greenway Authority showcased five segments of the proposed trail and the best route for the future path in each segment. The path was determined by a steering committee of business owners, residents and elected officials.

  • Concerns surface in Evergreen over consolidation of emergency dispatch

    Concerns have surfaced in the community over a vote scheduled April 12 by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board to join a consolidation of emergency dispatch operations at a center in Lakewood. 

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader has said the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • Idaho Springs cracking down on trash piles


    Idaho Springs officials are stepping up enforcement of city codes regulating trash accumulation.

    The Police Department said in a news release that over the last several months the city has worked to address “hot spots,” or places where property owners have let trash build up.

  • Idaho Springs will stream views of downtown area on city website

    Idaho Springs has received a $4,000 grant to live-stream video of Miner Street to the city’s website.

    The grant came from the State Internet Portal Authority and will be used to mount a web camera on City Hall. City officials plan to have the camera face west so website visitors can see what’s happening downtown.

  • City council discusses installing speed bumps on Miner St.

    Idaho Springs is interested in installing temporary speed bumps on Miner Street to slow traffic.

    The city recently reduced the speed limit on Miner to 15 mph, but officials say many motorists routinely ignore the posted speed limits.

    The idea for speed bumps was suggested at the March 28 city council meeting, after Police Chief Chris Malanka said his department planned to park an unmanned patrol car with its lights on in the area to help reduce speeds.

  • The Courant might arrive late this week

    Because of mechanical issues at the printing press, your copy of the Courant might arrive a day late this week.