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Today's News

  • Sale of Echo Mountain Resort pending

    A 27-year-old businessman and University of Denver graduate is under contract to buy Echo Mountain Resort, which is in bankruptcy, for a reported $3.8 million.

    Peter Burwell is the CEO of Burwell Enterprises and SkiEcho LLC, and if the deal is approved by the bankruptcy court, Burwell would also own the resort’s equipment, vehicles and snow-making machines.

    Echo Mountain’s website says it will be open for the 2016-17 ski season.

  • G-town lands grant for accessible piers at lake

    Georgetown has received a $50,000 grant to build two disabled- and senior-accessible piers on the west side of Georgetown Lake.

    It’s one of six projects being funded by the Fishing is Fun program of the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. The goal is to improve fishing opportunities in the state.

  • Idaho Springs to rebuild Soda Creek Road

    The city of Idaho Springs is planning to rebuild Soda Creek Road starting next spring with the help of a 1 percent sales-tax boost approved by city residents in 2014.

    The $1 million construction project represents a change of plans, because officials first wanted to rebuild the east end of Miner Street.

    However, they decided Miner Street needs to be available as a detour during the current Colorado Boulevard reconstruction.

  • Historic-home tour mines G-town’s past

    Georgetown of a long-ago era came to life on Saturday when tourists and locals alike toured 16 homes, churches and museums as part of a Victorian home tour.

    While the tour is a biannual event, it helps commemorate the area’s golden jubilee, when Silver Plume and Georgetown became a National Historical Landmark District. There are more than 200 historical sites in the area, according to Sherrie Lichtenwalner, the event manager with Historic Georgetown Inc.

  • EMS calls heat up during June and July

    Clear Creek EMS is seeing its busiest summer ever.

    “We are absolutely slammed,” said Nicolena Johnson, director of the county’s emergency medical service.

    In July, the ambulance service saw a 15 percent increase in calls over last year, serving 134 patients.

    In June, first responders saw 112 patients, or a 13 percent increase over 2015. Both June and July were the busiest on record.

    “In our industry, we consider 5 to 7 percent significant,” Johnson said, “so we are beyond significant at this point.”

  • County eyes possible toll on Guanella Pass

    The county is investigating whether to charge a toll for access to Guanella Pass both to pay for maintenance and help regulate visitors to the heavily traveled area.

    “We’re looking at managing what we’ve got on Guanella Pass. There’re so many people up there loving it to death,” County Commissioner Phil Buckland said.

    Buckland said a toll could help the county manage the number of people going into the area, provide better parking or maybe assist in creating a shuttle bus program to ferry visitors to the top of the pass.

  • Commissioners renew call for mass transit, Bustang stop

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners have asked Colorado Department of Transportation officials to consider funding a mass-transit system and adding a Bustang stop in the county to combat Interstate 70 congestion.

    At a meeting July 26 attended by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., the commissioners also discussed a pilot project that will provide vehicle-to-vehicle communication to aid CDOT in heading off traffic problems in bad weather. Gardner is a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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  • Study to help Idaho Springs determine future of east side

    The city of Idaho Springs is undertaking a $180,000 study to help determine the future of the town’s east end.

    A grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs is providing $90,000 of the study’s cost, and the city is covering $75,000, with $15,000 from the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp.

    The study will be completed in December and is expected to provide a roadmap for the east end’s redevelopment.

    The city awarded the contract to studioINSITE, a planning and architectural firm based in Denver, on July 25.

  • Three hikers rescued over the weekend

    A dramatic helicopter rescue was among the responses as three injured hikers were evacuated from trails in Clear Creek County over the weekend.

    No critical injuries were reported among the three people rescued on Friday and Saturday, said Dawn Wilson, spokeswoman for the Alpine Rescue Team.

    On Friday, a man and a woman were hiking and climbing on Kelso Ridge near Torreys Peak when they fell “quite a distance,” Wilson said.

  • Investigation into shooting death still ongoing, DA says

    The investigation continues into the slaying of Eric Spencer, 44, who was fatally shot on April 10 at the Aspen Leaf Apartments in Idaho Springs.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said his office recently received additional investigative information about the case.

    “I am hopeful that within the foreseeable future that we’ll have a final determination as to whether or not a crime will be charged,” Brown said. “That case continues to get a high priority.”