Today's News

  • Rockslide closes I-70 for more than 4 hours

    A rockslide on Interstate 70 near Dumont on April 5 closed the right lane for more than four hours as CDOT crews scrambled to remove debris from the road.

    “It was kind of a more minor rockslide. We saw smaller rocks as opposed to boulders, which we normally see,” said CDOT spokeswoman Stacia Sellers.

    Sellers said CDOT crews were on scene almost immediately thanks to cameras placed along the interstate.

    Sellers said the spot near Dumont was a common rockslide path.

  • Vendors disallowed from setting up shop in historic district

    Food-cart and booth vendors will not be allowed to operate in the Idaho Springs Historic District.

    Council members said they took into consideration interests of the businesses in the Historic District, the lack of space and the volume of requests, saying if they allowed one vendor they would feel compelled to approve all requests.

  • Sheriff’s Office sets up prescription drug drop-off in G-town

    A permanent prescription drug drop-off box is now in the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office lobby, turning a once-a-year event into a year-round program.

    The kiosk was installed the week of March 27 at 405 Argentine St. in Georgetown.

    Clear Creek Sheriff’s Capt. George Weidler said the Sheriff’s Office was inspired by a successful permanent drug take-back program in Idaho Springs.

  • Springs lumberyard buildings demolished for a permanent clinic

    Like a dinosaur, an excavator took one giant bite after another out of the main building of the Idaho Springs lumberyard.

    Timbers and roofing buckled and splintered before finally giving way, collapsing to the ground to make room for the county’s future clinic.

    Starting in June, the Jacob House at 115 15th Ave. will serve as the short-term location for the community’s new clinic while the county prepares the lumberyard site to be the permanent location in the next five years.

  • DA's office investigates Georgetown's election

    The Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office has opened an investigation into Georgetown cancelling its election last week. The election was scheduled for April 3, but was cancelled as no one signed up to oppose the incumbents.

    An affidavit submitted to the DA’s office alleged that Georgetown “may have failed to mail ballots to military and overseas voters within a timely fashion, did not certify nomination petitions within the 71-day deadline and failed to follow procedures for changing voting places.”

  • Forging ahead

    Using fire and steel, Josh Bales creates art.

    Since 2008, Bales has worked in Clear Creek as a blacksmith crafting, bending and hammering cold steel into astonishing creations: the trunk of an African baobab tree as a table base, animal inspired furniture, a wine cellar gate incorporating a Maasai warrior shield and spears.

    Bales uses his creativity to turn beautiful imagery into heavy functional pieces of art for people's homes. He also prints his own designs onto leather wallets and belts, and he forges belt buckles.

  • District plans to put technology in students’ hands over three-year period

    A three-year plan to upgrade technology in the Clear Creek School District will help give the schools 21st century classrooms, according to the district’s technology director.

    Galen Thompson has presented the school board with his three-year plan that will provide laptops for teachers and e-tablets for students in all grades, plus upgrade interactive whiteboards for elementary classrooms. Part of the budget includes teacher training and software.

  • 108-acre park to open on Floyd Hill

    Floyd Hill will get an open space park on the north side of Interstate 70, thanks to efforts by multiple agencies to purchase the 108-acre parcel for about $1 million.

    The Jeffco and Clear Creek Open Space offices hope the park will be open — albeit in a temporary, unfinished way — this summer.

  • Springs council considering traffic cameras to catch speeders

    The Idaho Springs city council is considering installing automated traffic cameras to catch speeders.

    The divided board discussed the issue during the March 27 city council meeting and will continue the discussion during the April 4 work session.

    Mayor Mike Hillman brought the idea to the council because the city was recently approached by a business offering to let the city try the service free for two weeks.

  • Vandals strike Idaho Springs baseball fields

    The Idaho Springs baseball fields have been vandalized over the past few weeks.

    On March 26, it was discovered that electrical outlet covers were broken off, both gates kicked open, signs torn down, portable toilets tipped over and batting cage broken into.

    Additionally, the pitching machine was left on and subsequently broke.

    “The path of destruction was pretty clear,” said Anthony Vossler, the rec district’s maintenance supervisor.