Today's News

  • Road crews working on U.S. 6 bridge over I-70

    Road crews continued emergency repairs Wednesday morning on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    One lane was closed in each direction on the I-70 bridge over U.S. 6 for the work. The road surface had been worn down by traffic and equipment, leaving a large bump at the bridge expansion joint, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement. A temporary patch was being installed Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • County makes it easier for homeowners to add 'mother-in-law' units

    More "mother-in-law" apartments could be available for Clear Creek County workers to rent in the future, following a recent zoning change on accessory dwelling units.

    Such apartments typically are found in existing single-family homes. The accessory dwelling units, as they're formally called, are now allowed as a "by right" use for homeowners, after the county commissioners voted recently to condense the rules required to build them.

  • Couple plan to build event center, hotel near Idaho Springs

    A new event center for weddings and concerts could open this fall near Idaho Springs.

    Owners Rachel and Zuri Betz plan to build an outdoor amphitheater on the site at 3669 Chicago Creek Road about 4 miles south of Idaho Springs. It will be "along the lines of Red Rocks, but much smaller," Rachel Betz said.

  • Owls help keep rodent population under control

    The great horned owl is probably the most common owl in the Evergreen area. A few of the smaller owls may be nearly as common during their brief breeding period, but the great horned owl is a permanent resident in local areas where adequate food and nesting sites are available.

  • Dumont resident found guilty of two sex counts in case involving teenager

    A Dumont resident has been found guilty of two felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child.

    Jurors on Saturday convicted Chad Farrells, 43, of sexual assault on a child and enticement of a child.

    Jurors deliberated for two days after a five-day trial before reaching the verdict. Sentencing was scheduled for June 1.

    A statement from the district attorney’s office said Farrells could face a maximum sentence that includes life in prison. He also could be required to register as a sex offender and complete offender programs.

  • Idaho Springs police promote patrol officer Hardey to detective

    The Idaho Springs Police Department has promoted patrol officer Glenn Hardey to detective.

    Police Chief Dave Wohlers said Hardey is a good fit for the position because he’s familiar with working on cases in a small-town environment.

    Hardey was hired eight months ago as a patrolman. As a detective, he will be paid $22.17 an hour.

    “I’m a mountain kid. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado. I enjoy being in the mountains, living and working in the mountains,” Hardey said.

  • New sheriff making changes, adds community relations program

    In his third month on the job, Sheriff Rick Albers has streamlined his staff to save money, plans to overhaul the office’s regulations and policies, and is implementing a new community relations program for deputies.

    “It’s going good. I’m still excited, learning as we go and still having fun — so far,” Albers joked.

    Albers said he has worked to develop strong relationships with other departments and agencies in the county since he took office.

  • Four months of additional work planned on Highway 103 bridge

    It will take up to four months to complete additional work on the Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs that spans Interstate 70, and that will mean lane closures on I-70 and difficulties for area rafting companies.

    Pedestrian walkways, a barrier separating the lanes, work on curbs and gutters, and landscaping still need to be completed, according to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Emily Wilfong.

  • CDOT’s public-private partnerships spur calls for more oversight

    Editor’s note: With the blessing of the Federal Highway Authority, Colorado authorities have embraced private financing for road construction projects around the state. This is the second installment in a three-part series looking at questions of cost, oversight and accountability.

    A consumer watchdog group and some elected officials want more oversight of a $72 million express toll lane project under construction in the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

  • The power of two

    Clear Creek High School math teachers Casey Davis and Dawn Kissler are getting married on a day of major significance to both of them: Pi Day.

    They passed up other potentially significant days — even Valentine’s Day — to be wed on a day that is true to their math-geek roots. On March 14, the couple will say their vows in an outdoor ceremony in Carefree, Ariz.