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Today's News

  • High school hosts robotics competition

    Clear Creek High for the first time hosted a robotics competition on Saturday, a First Tech Challenge qualifier for the state competition. The day drew almost 200 students from 16 schools across the state — from Arvada and Fort Collins to New Castle and Kremmling.

    Clear Creek’s team did not compete because hosting a qualifier automatically guarantees a spot in the state competition.

  • Springs planning crackdown on meth trade

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is stepping up efforts to combat the use and sale of methamphetamine in the city.

    "It is something we don't like to talk about, but in this town, there is a presence of methamphetamines," Police Chief Chris Malanka said.

    With the city's approval of an additional officer in 2017, the department will have six patrol officers and two detectives. The two detectives will begin focusing on the illegal narcotics in the city.

  • Idaho Springs police arrest three people in meth bust

    The Idaho Springs Police Department arrested three people Friday in connection with alleged distribution of methamphetamines from the 6 & 40 Motel at 2920 Colorado Blvd.

    The arrestees were in custody Monday at the county jail and face multiple drug-related charges, according to Police Chief Chris Malanka.

    "They were long-term renters in the motel, and the officers were there in response to a disturbance call," Malanka said.

  • Idaho Springs targeting abandoned vehicles in city lots

    Some of Idaho Springs' parking lots have been changed from 24-hour to 12-hour lots to help reduce the number of abandoned vehicles taking up the city's limited parking spaces.

    The lots by the Clear Creek County Resource Center and the Exit 240 interchange are affected. The large city-owned parking lot south of the Historic District will remain a 24-hour lot.

  • New master plan emphasizes county's history, natural beauty

    Clear Creek's new master plan focuses on preserving the county's history, culture and natural beauty as a way to maintain quality of life.

    The document, which is used to guide county decision-makers about land use, stresses the importance of protecting cultural and natural resources, economic diversity and recreation.

    The county's Planning Commission approved the new plan Jan. 18, updating a plan ratified in 2004.

  • Charging for parking on Miner Street seen as option for funding parking garage

    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman expects a consultant to suggest implementing paid parking on Miner Street to help fund construction of a parking garage southwest of the Historic District.

    He said charging for parking or creating a downtown improvement district would be better revenue sources than a property-tax increase, an idea suggested by the city council last year.

  • Science fair judges issue verdict: Enthusiasm is key

    Like a coach before a big game, Carlson Elementary teacher Liz Bogers gathers her volunteer science fair judges for a quick pep talk on Jan. 25.

    The clock is ticking, and the students will soon arrive.

    Bogers tells the volunteers what to do, how to do it, and, most importantly, how to keep students motivated and interested in science.

  • Cancer Awareness Day to offer mammograms, HPV vaccines

    Women can get breast cancer screenings and teenage girls can get HPV vaccines during Cancer Awareness Day on Feb. 17.

    The free event at the rec center in Idaho Springs will offer mammograms and provide a limited supply of HPV vaccine to inoculate teens and pre-teens against some cervical cancers.

  • Ski With a Ranger offered again this year at Loveland

    For the fourth year, the Clear Creek Ranger District is hosting the Ski With a Ranger program at Loveland Ski Area.

    The program started Saturday and will continue on the second Wednesday and last Saturday of the month through April. It raises awareness of the natural environment and brings attention to the district's partnership with the ski area. Loveland owns and operates ski facilities on U.S. Forest Service land.

  • First Baptist hosts clothing giveaway

    On Friday in Idaho Springs, the parking lot at First Baptist Church was lined with racks of women’s coats, shirts, blouses, slacks and jeans, while inside an assortment of belts, purses, scarves and shoes were on display. And everything was free.

    The church hosted the giveaway over two hours, but many women arrived before the posted start time. And within the first 30 minutes, more than 20 women and their families had stopped by to pick out clothes.