Today's News

  • Technologically savvy

    The little robot wasn’t big enough for world domination — yet.

    But the mini machine was more than capable of taking Clear Creek High School’s C2 Botz robotics team to the state qualifiers on Saturday in Boulder.

    If the robot makes it through a series of challenges, the team will be on its way to the FIRST Tech Challenge state championship for the third time.

  • Fire burns down Idaho Springs home

    Five members of an Idaho Springs family were initially transported to the hospital after their home caught fire and burned down at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    It is reported that the family didn't receive any serious injuries.

    The fire destroyed a double-wide trailer home at Eighth Avenue and Idaho Street.

    The Idaho Springs Police Department and Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office evacuated nearby houses because they were concerned the fire would spread due to strong winds.

  • Epps sentenced to 11 months probation

    An Idaho Springs man has been given unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to harassing a county probation worker.

    Epps pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassing, and other charges were dismissed. On Monday, the judge sentenced Epps to 11 months unsupervised probation. The court said that the exact terms of the probation are confidential.

  • Georgetown chooses Brown as next administrator

    Georgetown intends to extend a contract to Kent Brown to be its new town administrator.

    Brown and current Georgetown Treasurer Mary Sims were among the two finalists for the job interviewed Tuesday night during a Board of Selectmen special meeting and public meet-and-greet at the Georgetown Community Center.

    A third finalist was also named, but he was selected for a job elsewhere, so he asked to be taken out of consideration, outgoing interim administrator Alisha Reis confirmed.

  • Breweries, mines have a storied history together

    Mining towns and breweries have a long, storied and intertwined history in Colorado.

    Almost as soon as there were miners looking for gold in the far-flung corner of the Kansas Territory, there were also breweries ready and eager to serve them.

    Where people went to find gold, breweries almost always followed, according to Dave Thomas, author of “Of Mines and Beer!: 150 Years of Brewing History in Gilpin County, Colorado and Beyond.”

  • Annual 911 cell phone fee will remain the same in 2018

    Clear Creek County cell phone users will continue to pay a $1.25 monthly fee to the county to help fund 911 services.

    “Since we get so many cell phone 911 calls, (the state) tried to figure out a way to help pay for the 911 dispatch centers,” Clear Creek Sheriff Rick Albers said.

    Albers said the county gets $140,000 a year from the fees. The money raised through the cell-phone fees can only be used for 911 dispatch operations.

  • Clinic seeing more patients than expected in first six months

    The medical clinic in Idaho Springs is seeing more patients than expected after six months in operation.

    From August to December, the Centura Health Primary Care Clinic, located in the Jacob House, averaged about 350 visits a month.

    “The year-to-date data continues to provide verification that the primary care clinic in Idaho Springs, with its dedicated staff of doctors and other professionals, is meeting the needs of our Clear Creek County communities,” said Cindy Dicken, the county’s director of health and human services, in a statement.

  • Tommyknocker canning out-of-date bottles

    After 23 years in operation, Idaho Springs’ Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub has fully transitioned from bottles to cans.

    The change, coming the first week of February, is both big and an eco-friendly move for the heritage brewery, according to Steve Indrehus, Tommyknocker director of operations.

  • Idaho Springs eyeing upgrade to wastewater facility

    The City of Idaho Springs is investigating potential funding sources and wastewater technologies in preparation for a $6 million upgrade to its wastewater facility in 2019.

    The current wastewater plant is rated at 1.6 million gallons a day. The state requires municipalities within 80 percent of their maximum to begin planning to expand their facilities.

    Dan Wolf, the city's water/wastewater superintendent, said Idaho Springs reaches 80 percent of its capacity during the summer and has for the past several years.

  • Georgetown turns 150


    It’s a word that residents of Georgetown will have to get used to saying as their town celebrates the 150th anniversary of its official incorporation this year.

    On Jan. 28, 1868, the Colorado Territorial Legislature accepted the town’s charter. In honor of that anniversary, at its Jan. 23 meeting, the town’s Board of Selectmen declared Jan. 28, 2018, to be “Georgetown Day,” beginning a year of celebration.