Today's News

  • Construction on westbound shoulder lane could begin in 2020

    More than 100 people learned more about the Colorado Department of Transportation’s proposal to build a westbound peak-period shoulder lane on Interstate 70 on July 26 and expressed their concerns about traffic and safety issues on the highway.

  • Idaho Springs officials consider asking for a bond to fix roads

    Idaho Springs voters may be asked to approve in November a $14 million bond to fix the city’s road and sidewalks, though property taxes wouldn’t increase.

    The city council wants to get the money now to do the work and repay the loan with the 1 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2014 that was earmarked for road improvements.

  • Idaho Springs adding a police chaplain

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is starting a police chaplain program.

    The volunteer chaplain will offer counseling to officers through the Rocky Mountain Police Chaplains program, which was created in 2014 to help unify police chaplains across Colorado.

    The department asked Bill Robertson, the pastor of United Church in Idaho Springs, to become its first chaplain.

  • News briefs

    Paving Colorado Boulevard delayed

    Final paving work on Colorado Boulevard from Seventh Avenue to about 13th Avenue was canceled last week due to the wet weather.

    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman said he hopes paving will begin again this week but it was weather dependent.

    “We’ve postponed it, and it looks like we’re going to go over our July 28 finish date,” Hillman said. “We were kind of afraid of that, but what are you going to do? You can’t fight with Mother Nature.”

  • Low-cost physicals available for student-athletes

    Clear Creek student-athletes will be able to get low-cost sports physicals on Saturday, Aug. 12.

    The physicals will cost $25 and will be given from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Carlson Elementary School gym in Idaho Springs. Only checks and cash will be accepted, and students will get the physicals on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The Clear Creek School District and the Center Health Primary Care Clinic in Idaho Springs are providing the service.

  • Pack burro racing a multigenerational tradition

    The legends on how exactly pack burro racing got started vary. One legend says two miners found gold at the same spot and raced to town to stake a claim first. Another tells of drunken miners in Leadville who decided to make some easy money by racing with their burros.

    With each four-legged competitor carrying a pack resembling what the miners once carried, the sport is deeply rooted in state’s mining history and heritage.

  • Short-term rentals may become regulated in Idaho Springs

    Idaho Springs officials will look at how other municipalities regulate short-term rentals to help them determine how they should be regulated here.

    Vacation rental sites, such as Airbnb and VRBO, help homeowners rent rooms or houses to visitors. The city doesn’t require home-based businesses of this sort to have licenses or pay sales or lodging tax, and there also is no way for the city to communicate with homeowners about how renters should behave.

  • A camping retirement: Camp host finds new job away from the corporate world

    Editor's note: With the growing popularity of Clear Creek’s recreational amenities, the Courant is taking a look at the people who manage, clean and protect the county’s campgrounds. This is part two of a three-part series.


    With the sun beaming through the trees, Joe Ferrarello’s new office is quite therapeutic.

    Last Friday, the 12 camping sites at West Chicago Creek campground were already booked for the weekend, and Ferrarello was already turning away upset people.

  • Medical clinic has busy first day

    Idaho Springs’ health clinic opened July 17, and it was a busy day for the clinic’s two doctors.

    “The first day of appointments at the clinic was a very well-received success,” said County Manager Keith Montag. “The day was full of appointments, and the office was very busy.”

    The Center Health Primary Care Clinic will be housed in the Jacob House while the city prepares the former lumberyard site to be the permanent location in the next five years.

  • Raises in the offing for Springs police officers

    The Idaho Springs Police Department wants to give its officers a pay increase.

    Chief Chris Malanka asked the city council to consider not filling an unfilled position for the department and letting that salary instead go to the officers’ hourly wages.

    According to Malanka, the average starting pay for 21 area police departments is $52,440. Malanka said his most experienced officer is paid only $47,840.