Today's News

  • Georgetown’s annual race features some immovable competitors

    Before the clouds rolled in and the rain poured down, Georgetown’s historic downtown was filled with stubborn, braying racers eager to set off on the 9-mile trek to and from Empire with their human guides.

    On May 29, the towns hosted the 13th annual Historic Georgetown Railroad & Mining Days Pack Burro Race. More than 60 bipeds entered with about half bringing their own beasts of burden and the other half renting them from local stables.

    Pre-race jitters

  • Oh My Gawd Rodeo rides into the sunset

    Walking past the bull riders as they prepped their gear, announcer Bennie Patrick checked the arena’s sound system.

    “Check, one, two, three,” he said into his wireless headset.

    On Friday, everything had to be perfect.

    Soon the crowds would arrive, the sun would set behind the mountains and the Oh My Gawd Rodeo would kick off its 20th and final season. After two decades of bulls, broncs and cowboys, the rodeo’s final performance is scheduled for June. 16.

  • Commissioners ticket budget for repairs, vehicles

    Clear Creek commissioners have decided to spend about a quarter of its proposed $2 million capital improvements budget in 2018 on items such as vehicles for the sheriff’s office, roof repairs for the road and bridge department and cyber-security.

    It will determine how to spend the remainder of that budget during the budget process later this year.

  • Fire contained after breaking out west of Empire

    Fire crews on June 4 quickly contained a blaze that broke out just west of Empire.

    The cause of what is being called the Mad Creek Fire is currently under investigation, though officials believe a person started it.
    Empire residents could see the smoke from town.

    Kathleen Krebs, director of the county's Office for Emergency Management, said the fire was contained to just under an acre.

    The fire was on U.S. Forest Service land, and first responders were notified at about 10:23 a.m. The Clear Creek Fire Authority was first on the scene.

  • Idaho Springs Kum & Go robbed for a second time

    The Idaho Springs Kum and Go was robbed for the second time this year on May 26.
    Police said a man wearing a mask and a hoodie came into the store during the early hours of the morning, waited for customers to leave before taking out a firearm and demanding money.
    The incident occurred at about 5:45 a.m., and the suspect made off with an undisclosed but small amount of cash and merchandise.
    The store's employee was not injured during the crime. Idaho Springs Police and the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

  • Local troop sweetens the pot for Loaves & Fishes

    Thanks to the Girl Scouts, Loaves & Fishes’ pantry got a little bit sweeter.

    Girl Scout Troop 65521, based in Clear Creek County, donated 120 boxes of cookies to Loaves & Fishes on May 26. This is the second year the troop has done so, parent-leaders said.

    Patrick Delaney, executive director of Loaves & Fishes, said the organization helps about 135 to 150 clients a week, and sweets are in very high demand.

    “But everybody will be able to get a box of cookies next week,” he said.

  • County’s rafting businesses hoping for long, successful season

    The summer vacation season is here, and so is Clear Creek’s rafting season.

    Rafting companies are optimistic this season will be one of the best and longest due to snowfall late in the year.

    Clear Creek is one of the most popular rivers to raft in Colorado, with the Arkansas River being the most popular. It is difficult to say how many companies raft in Clear Creek every year, but nine companies are registered with Idaho Springs.

  • Girders installed for replacement Colorado Boulevard bridge

    Portions of the new Colorado Boulevard bridge were installed May 31, signifying a major milestone for Idaho Springs’ reconstruction project.

    Giant girders and other bridge components were installed at Riverside Drive with the help of a crane. The bridge was demolished earlier this year as part of the second phase of the Colorado Boulevard construction project, which began last year.

  • Volunteers needed for statewide mock epidemic exercise

    The county is preparing to participate in the largest public safety exercise in its history: a statewide mandated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event — and it needs the public’s help.

    “If we had a pandemic or an epidemic and we needed to get pills or vaccines to every person in Clear Creek County, how would we do that?” public health emergency coordinator Donna Kline asked.

    On June 17, volunteers are needed to both distribute the fake medicine and to come to one of three locations to receive them.

  • DA closes investigation into G-town’s election

    The Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office has concluded its investigation into Georgetown’s spring election.

    The election was scheduled for April 3, but was cancelled when no one signed up to oppose the incumbents.