Today's News

  • Officials weigh economic development options

    County leaders continue to look for “catalyst” projects that could snowball into more economic development for the region.

    For example, some hotel developers have expressed interest in building a new hotel near Georgetown Lake, although none have moved to buy property there yet, said Peggy Stokstad, executive director of the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. 

    A few more potential economic development examples:

    • Leaders want to bring a new energy company to the county, said Tim Mauck, county commissioner.

  • Albers plans changes at Sheriff’s Office

    Incoming Sheriff Rick Albers wants residents to know there’s a new sheriff in town when he takes office Jan. 1.

    Current Sheriff Don Krueger did not run for re-election after serving almost 20 years in office. When he leaves office, Krueger will hold the distinction of being the longest continuously serving sheriff in Clear Creek County history.

  • Officers arrest two men after chases on foot

    Idaho Springs police officers were involved in two unrelated foot chases last week before they apprehended men wanted on arrest warrants from other jurisdictions.
    One officer was assaulted but was not seriously injured.
    Idaho Springs Police Chief Dave Wohlers said his department has found more cases of people with arrest warrants being discovered here.
    “People take their chances high-tailing it (from police),” Wohlers said.

  • Highway 103 bridge construction delayed

    Work to replace the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs has been delayed two months after construction crews discovered an isolated pocket of groundwater with high levels of lead and iron.
    Workers must mitigate the high metal levels before finishing the bridge construction, so the new completion date is in mid-January.
    State officials believe the water is not reaching Clear Creek and therefore is not a hazard to drinking water.
    The minerals were found in the water during excavation.

  • ‘Hoo-rah’: Community recognizes military veterans

    Tiffany Morrell, a Georgetown resident and an Iraq veteran, plans to use her military experience as a Clear Creek County paramedic in the future.

  • A commitment to excellence

    It’s 5 a.m., and Sara Kruger Johnson, then known just as Sara Kruger, remembers clearly her Clear Creek cross country teammate Mindy Gilbert waking her up to go swimming before school. It’s not something she expected to be doing at that time of day, but that’s the kind of commitment the Lady Golddiggers had in the 1990s.

    It’s the kind of display that then coach Bill Wyckoff expected from his runners if they wanted to be the best. And for six out of seven years, they were the best.

  • Springs voters approve 1-cent boost in sales tax

    Idaho Springs voters overwhelmingly approved a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax, which officials hope to use for road maintenance.
    According to unofficial results from the Nov. 4 election, 61 percent of voters favored the tax hike.
    The current total sales-tax rate in Idaho Springs is 6.9 percent, of which 3 percent goes to the city. Officials say the city hasn’t raised its sales tax in recent memory, and the increase is projected to raise $350,000 a year in additional revenue.

  • Schools on two-hour delay

    Schools in the Clear Creek district were opening two hours later than normal on Tuesday morning as a result of the arctic blast that hit the area on Monday afternoon.

    The district said on its website that classes will begin about 10:20 a.m. Buses also are delayed by two hours. 

  • Veterans Day ceremony moves indoors

    Veterans in Idaho Springs plan to move their annual ceremony indoors this year because of expected bad weather.

    The Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Center, 1440 Colorado Boulevard, said Rick Scott, a coordinator of the annual event. In the past, the event has been held at Citizens Park in downtown Idaho Springs. A sign at the park will direct attendees to the indoor location, Scott said.

  • Contaminated water delays Highway 103 bridge work

    Work replacing the Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs is now delayed two months after CDOT discovered groundwater contaminated with lead and iron.

    Work to mitigate the pollution will push completion of the bridge from late November to mid-January.
    For the full story, check out the Nov. 12 print edition of the Courant.