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Today's News

  • A weekend of sweet, sassy sounds

    Skirts swirled and fingers twirled as dancers moved to smoothly styled tunes played by the Blue Suitcase Trio at the Evergreen Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon.
    The New York-based musicians were among many talented groups that performed during the annual three-day festival in Evergreen.
    While the trio was playing in the ballroom of the Evergreen Elks Lodge, Big Mama Sue belted out songs that were popular in the early 1900s at the club’s patio venue.

  • Firefighters douse blaze in national forest

    Firefighters extinguished the largest forest fire so far this year in Clear Creek County last Thursday near Idaho Springs in the Arapaho National Forest.
    According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire was a mile south of the Barbour Forks trailhead.
    County Fire Chief Kelly Babeon said the blaze was caused by lightning and burned a quarter acre that afternoon. An acre is roughly the size of a football field.
    Forest Service personnel kept an eye on the location for 24 hours to watch for flare-ups.

  • Blue mist penstemons are abundant near Echo Lake

    Just a week ago, a dear friend of mine took me for an outing to Echo Lake. What a real treat it was for me to get out and see the blooms along the way and to have brunch at the Echo Lake Lodge.
    Wildflowers were in bloom along the road, especially the brilliant blue of the blue mist penstemon.

  • Springs’ interim city administrator believes communication is key

    Idaho Springs’ interim city administrator plans to spend her days improving communication and involvement among the staff, elected officials and the public.
    Phyllis Adams was appointed interim administrator by the city council after it accepted the resignation of Cindy Condon, who had been the city administrator for 11 years.
    Adams is a former city council member and former city clerk, and last year unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Mike Hillman.

  • G-town board wants to repair buildings with code violations

    In an effort to keep historic buildings in Georgetown structurally sound, the Town Board approved on first reading an ordinance that would let the town fix buildings cited for code violations and charge the owners.
    “The board has been looking for solutions to encourage property owners to stabilize historic buildings and not demolish them,” Town Administrator Tom Hale said at the July 22 meeting.
    According to the current building code, if a property owner is cited for violations, the owner can fix the problem or demolish the building.

  • Rec district OKs $6.6 million for center renovation

    The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District board on July 23 approved spending $6.6 million to renovate and expand the rec center in Idaho Springs after months of downsizing so the project would meet the budget.

  • Housing agency weighs options for Clear Creek

    Fewer mobile homes and more income-restricted homes that workers can afford to buy or rent could become the mantra of the Summit Combined Housing Authority and Clear Creek County.
    The new housing authority group offers educational and financial housing programs to Clear Creek County residents. It was created this spring under the auspices of the Summit County Housing Authority, which is based in Summit County.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest in Jeffco

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • Evergreen High alum Burke perfect in pro debut

    Brock Burke made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast Rays on July 18 against the Baltimore Orioles’ rookie-level team at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. 

    The 6-foot-2 left-hander started and pitched just the first inning as the team slowly works him into the rotation after a heavy pitch count during the high school season.

    The 17-year-old Evergreen High graduate tossed a one-two-three inning, striking out the Orioles’ Henry Urrutia to end the frame. 

  • New Evergreen High boys soccer coach Fowler has big shoes to fill

    Ross Fowler has plenty of soccer coaching experience from his time with the Colorado Rush and Altitude FC, where he has been the director of coaching for both. Now the Manchester, England native has his first head coaching position at the high school level.

    Earlier this summer, Fowler was named the head coach for Evergreen High School’s boys soccer program, replacing Peter Jeans, who resigned for personal reasons.

    “It’s a good program. It’s an exciting opportunity to try to build on,” Fowler said.