Today's News

  • Zip-line owners buy additional parcel, plan new check-in site

    Owners of the Colorado Adventure Center in Dumont paid $250,000 for a 5-acre parcel next to their existing zip-line and rafting operation on Stanley Road near Idaho Springs.

  • Assisted suicide a contentious battle

    “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

    Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,

    For, those whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow

    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

    — John Donne, “Holy Sonnets: Number 10”

    “I am not suicidal,” wrote Brittany Maynard. “If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”

  • Elegant waxwings grace landscape

    (Reprinted from Dec. 7, 2011)

    Many people complain to me that they find winter birding dull because there are no pretty birds around.

    True, the winter residents at most feeders — pine siskins, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and down woodpeckers, house sparrows, house finches, and the various forms of the dark-eyed junco — are mostly gray, brown, and black-and-white birds. Not very exciting or colorful, but still interesting.

  • Dumont residents decorate holiday tree for a good cause

    The holiday season fast approaches, and we all get busy preparing for it. The Saratoga Casino in Blackhawk is no exception. It is decorating its establishment with the help of a few charities. The casino is holding a tree-decorating contest and after receiving hundreds of applications, chose a select group of seven Colorado-based charities. Each charity decorates its tree with a theme, and then customers of the casino in December vote on their favorite. Each charity is guaranteed a prize of $500, but the winner will take home $2,000.

  • Fire Authority to donate engine back to Aurora

    Idaho Springs plans to donate a fire truck built in 1974 to the Aurora Fire Protective Association so it can be used for educational purposes.

    The city bought the fire engine from Aurora in the early ’90s, and it became part of the Clear Creek Fire Authority fleet when the agency formed in 1998. The engine has been in storage for several years, according to Fire Chief Kelly Babeon. The fire authority suggested Idaho Springs donate the truck.

    “(Those fire trucks) have a sentimental value to some of their veteran firefighters,” Babeon said.

  • Town’s acceptance of free lift tickets violates ethics law

    The state’s Independent Ethics Commission recently determined that the town of Georgetown cannot accept free lift tickets from Loveland Ski Area without running afoul of Article 29 of the Colorado Constitution, which prohibits gifts to government employees.

    The commission, at the request of Georgetown City Administrator Tom Hale, provided the town with an advisory opinion on Nov. 20.

  • Clear Creek's fantastic four

    The familiarity that Kaela Kalabany, Katie Vieweg, Anna Schwecke and Claire Werlin show on the basketball court shouldn’t be all that unusual. After all, they’ve been playing together forever. OK, actually since middle school. But four of Clear Creek’s five seniors know how each other plays almost as clearly as they know the back of their own hands.

  • Taking center stage for the holidays

    Idaho Springs and Georgetown kicked off the holiday season Saturday with Christmas light ceremonies plus a Christmas mart at Carlson Elementary School in Idaho Springs.

    This year’s weather cooperated with warmer temperatures than usual, drawing a large crowd to the Georgetown festivities.

    While the shopping crowd wasn’t as large as the Christmas mart organizers would have liked, they’re already planning for a bigger and better event next year.


  • Councilwoman Dee Munchiando dies

    Idaho Springs city councilwoman Deloris "Dee" Munchiando died Nov. 26 of natural causes.

    Munchiando was born on Jan. 28, 1931. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Munchiando. The two married in 1955 and were the first couple to get married in the then-new St. Paul's Catholic Church in Idaho Springs.

    Munchiando is survived by their two children, Paulette Bordoni and Greg Munchiando, and four grandchildren.

    A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Idaho Springs.

  • Upgraded weight room worth the wait at Clear Creek High

    When Brian Inman, a Clear Creek High graduate, returned in 2010 to teach physical education and coach the varsity football program, the school weight room’s need for an upgrade was a priority.

    “It was apparent early on that we had a good weight room. We just had a lot of of older equipment,” said Inman, who also coaches the track team and is an assistant ski coach. “We weren’t utilizing the space appropriately. The way that you train athletes and kids today is different than you did 20 years ago, 15 years ago.”