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Today's News

  • EMS, fire authority officials see positives in combined department

    Officials at both Clear Creek EMS and the Fire Authority expressed cautious optimism about a county board’s study of a proposal to combine the two entities to boost resources available to them.

    Clear Creek EMS director Nicolena Johnson said the best solution is the scenario that provides a secure financial future for EMS.

    "It is too early to say; it is an idea," Johnson added. "The best solution is a secure financial future for Clear Creek EMS … in this community."

  • County eyes partnership with nonprofit to expand, maintain trails

    Clear Creek will consider working with the Colorado Mountain Bike Association to help design, build and maintain trail systems throughout the county.

    Association representatives met with the county commissioners on Feb. 28 to discuss what a potential partnership might look like. COMBA is a nonprofit that develops and preserves mountain-biking trails in the state.

  • CCHS robotics team places 20th at state competition

    The Clear Creek High School robotics team finished its season with the state competition, and has now switched into the off-season mode of planning, fund-raising and outreach.

    Members of C2 Botz hosted a First Tech Challenge qualifier in January before competing in one themselves, on Feb. 4 in Widefield. The qualifier gave the team additional experience before moving on to the state competition on Feb. 18, team member Ben Perkins said.

  • Community garden being relocated to make way for construction project

    The community garden has been removed from its spot on the east side of Idaho Springs, a noticeable change as the city starts the third phase of the Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project.

    Begun in 2011 by the nonprofit Scraps-to-Soil, the garden operated as a community gathering place, something its founders hope to see again in the garden's new home once construction is completed in 2018.

    "We have been working very close with Scraps-to-Soil and have been in great communication and partnership with them," Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman said.

  • A firefighting challenge

    Editor's note: This is the second in a series about the women volunteers of the Clear Creek Fire Authority. There are more than 40 volunteer firefighters in the county; 10 are women.

    Chelsea Vineyard left Arkansas two years ago to come to Idaho Springs to help her pregnant sister — and stayed.

    Although her ex-husband told her she’d never become a firefighter here, she decided to follow her dream.

  • Commissioners to study combining Fire Authority, ambulance service

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners will consider merging the county’s Fire Authority and ambulance service over the next six months to improve resources for both entities.

    “We’re starting to look into the issue,” said Commissioner Tim Mauck, adding it will take time to fully evaluate the issue. “I know that the staff has been working on identifying some potential options. … I think one of the questions that we have to ask ourselves is, ‘What is the best structure for any of these organizations to come under?’ ”

  • Terry remembered as philanthropist, cowboy, publisher

    Cowboy, publisher, volunteer and tireless advocate for tolerance and diversity, Idaho Springs resident Will Terry died Feb. 20 at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

    After spending several weeks in the hospital, Terry, 59, died from complications related to lung disease.

    Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Terry moved to Colorado and later to Idaho Springs in the late 1980s. Those who knew Terry said he was an energetic and active force in the community, regularly volunteering and encouraging others to follow their dreams.

  • Steve Canyon statue moved to Courtney-Riley-Cooper Park

    Idaho Springs has moved the historic landmark statue of Steve Canyon to a new home in Courtney-Riley-Cooper Park.

    The statue, which represents the famous World War II Air Force comic-strip character, was carved from limestone and was dedicated in 1950 to the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. It stood in front of the cabin that formerly housed K-Goat.

    The statue was lifted onto a construction vehicle and carried to 23rd Street and Colorado Boulevard.

  • Tree made famous by musician meets windy coda

    Strong winds on Feb. 20 toppled part of Dumont’s history when a giant tree made famous by musician and composer Estelle Philleo crashed to the ground.

    “It’s nobody's fault. It was an old tree and had been through a terrible snowstorm a few years ago and lost a lot of branches back then,” said Jo Ann Sorensen, a member of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society. “With these winds we’ve been having, it kind of gave up the ghost.”

  • Construction starts on apartment building in Georgetown

    Construction began in late February on a 10-unit apartment building in Georgetown thought to be the town’s largest construction project of this type in recent memory.

    The building at 14th and Griffith streets is the first of several proposed housing projects in Georgetown. This building is expected to provide workforce housing.

    Town Administrator Tom Hale said Georgetown went from having few requests for water and sewer permits to seeing that number double over the last couple of years.