Today's News

  • King-Murphy’s Unique Tea celebrates kids’ individuality

    Just call Ryan Sandblom “Captain One Sock.”

    According to his dad, the King-Murphy Elementary School kindergartner loses his socks so frequently that his family began referring to him by that nickname. But it’s just one of the ways in which Lee Sandblom says his son is unique.


    School district, county considering joint grant writer

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners and school board are interested in hiring a grant writer to help locate funds to benefit all areas of the county.

    At a study session for both groups last Thursday, they discussed contracting with a grant writer, who would find grant opportunities, write proposals and administer the grants. They suggested talking with other government agencies in the county to get them on board and to help share the costs.

  • Evergreen's Al 'Buffalo Bill' Huffman dies at 84

    While people the world over knew Earl “Al” Huffman as “Buffalo Bill” Cody, many mountain area residents knew him as a community leader, a family man and a friend.

    Huffman, a longtime Evergreen resident, died last Thursday at the age of 84.

    In addition to being a well-known Buffalo Bill impersonator, Huffman was a staple of the mountain community and a charter member of the Evergreen Elks Lodge.

  • Burgeoning traffic bringing tourists — and dollars — up I-70

    During a trip up Interstate 70 on any summer weekend, an observant motorist with a list of the 50 states could cross off half the names before reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    Vehicles bearing license plates from across the country — from Texas to Alaska and Indiana to California — make their way up the mountains alongside Denver area residents looking to escape the heat and the city.

  • County eyes nonprofit funding amid budget woes

    As the county looks to trim its budget, officials are eyeing the funding they provide annually to nonprofits.

    Every year the county allocates between $40,000 and $66,000 to about 20 organizations, including the Project Support Senior Center in Idaho Springs; Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice; KYGT-FM, the nonprofit radio station; and other recipients such as races and booster clubs.

    Organizations receive as much as $15,000 or as little as $500 from the county’s general fund.

  • Event center offers the rustic and the luxurious

    Rustic decorations, antiques, historical photos, a luxurious 3,200-square-foot lodge on 22 acres: The newly opened Blackstone Rivers Ranch aims to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.

    Rachel and Zuri Betz opened the event venue in August to provide a unique location for weddings, retreats and conferences at 3673 Chicago Creek Road off Highway 103 outside Idaho Springs.

  • Police chief rips fire station staffing; fire chief calls him ‘misinformed’

    Idaho Springs Police Chief Chris Malanka has complained to the Clear Creek Fire Authority board that his city’s fire station is not regularly staffed — but the fire chief counters that Malanka is misinformed about how a volunteer fire department actually works.

    Malanka addressed the board Sept. 14 during the public comment portion of its meeting — after he reportedly was removed from the regular agenda. He said that Station 2, at 2000 Colorado Blvd., more resembles an empty warehouse than a first-response springboard.

  • Chief’s ouster from agenda sparks anger

    The removal of the Idaho Springs police chief from the regular agenda of the board of the Clear Creek Fire Authority raised the ire of both the chief and Springs Mayor Mike Hillman.

    “For us to have someone who is in his position not to (be able to) address the board — it just doesn’t make sense,” said Hillman, a member of the fire board.

    “I think that’s chicken. I really do,” he told fire board President Phil Buckland, who also serves as a county commissioner.

    Malanka expressed similar sentiments.

  • Springs council considers supporting creation of health services district

    The Idaho Springs city council will decide at a work session this week whether it will back the county’s ballot measure asking voters to approve a health service district.

    If council members are on board, they will begin drafting a resolution of support, Mayor Mike Hillman said.

    County Commissioner Tim Mauck, speaking as a county resident, urged the council at its meeting Sept. 12 to support the ballot questions associated with forming the district.

  • Local man arrested in counterfeiting case

    An Idaho Springs man will be charged with forgery in connection with the passing of counterfeit currency.

    Gregory Burell, 27, was arrested Sept. 13 by the Idaho Springs Police Department.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said his office would formally charge Burell this week with forgery, a class 5 felony, which is punishable by a maximum of three years in prison.

    Burrell posted his bond of $2,500 on Sept. 14 and is due to appear before a judge on Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m.