Today's News

  • Glorious fall colors cover area hillsides

     Usually the fall colors reach their peak during the last week of September or the first week of October. It seems a bit off schedule this year, but whenever it comes, it is my favorite time of year. Usually we have a few Indian summer days of fine weather along with the brilliant color and cool clear nights.

  • Jeffco students learning to be Americans

    OK, kids, er, young adults, you rock! From Scotland to Jeffco. From voting on secession and becoming an independent nation to exercising your First Amendment rights and demanding your right to a well-rounded education is fulfilled.

  • A slice of life

    For some, it was an icky, slimy assignment. For others, it was pretty cool. 

    By the end of the science class at King-Murphy Elementary School recently, the fourth-graders had a deeper appreciation for the human heart after dissecting a pig’s heart.

    “It was disgusting but good,” fourth-grader Maddison Bailey said of her first foray into dissection. “It’s like you’re doing surgery on someone.”

    “It smells like rotten bacon,” Lilli Lemascus added.

  • Agency helping Springs to focus on wildfire risks, mitigation

    The county’s Office of Emergency Management is helping Idaho Springs officials and residents identify ways to reduce wildfire risks.

    Team leader Jane Thomas said the plan largely focuses on identifying current wildfire risks and possible mitigation efforts, such as clearing away trees and brush.

  • Dumont pot shop is high on plans for new building

    The Mind Body Spirit 2 retail marijuana store has moved to a construction trailer on the Interstate 70 off-ramp in Dumont.

    A 42,000-square-foot retail store and cultivation building is planned for the spot — slated to open next spring, said owner Christine Nanney, though she did not give a specific date. The building is planned for the vacant lot at 811 County Road 308 and the adjoining land to the east where Quality Auto Body currently is located. 

  • The Buffalo roaming to an upscale future

    You’ll be able to buy a piece of the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar as workers get ready for a trendy, up to $1.2 million face-lift scheduled to start in mid-October.

    As part of the remodel, a craft brewery is planned for the historic Miner Street property, with brew to be sold on site, said Dan Ebert, general manager of the Buffalo. A chef consultant is helping the restaurant redesign the menu, which will have several new items made in a completely new kitchen.

  • Lynx protection needed amid I-70 expansion, advocates say

    Advocates and Clear Creek County officials want the Canada lynx that live between Bakerville and the Eisenhower Tunnel not to be forgotten as Interstate 70 construction plans move forward.

    The bobcat-like animal’s Clear Creek County habitat needs to be protected, they said at a county commission meeting on Sept. 23. 

  • CDOT expects to borrow money to pay for I-70 peak-period toll lane

    State transportation officials have chosen three banks to bid on lending up to $35 million of the total estimated $72 million needed to build a peak-period toll lane on 13 miles of Interstate 70.

    Officials solicited banks to bid on a loan plan by Wednesday, Sept. 10, according to a posted document from the High Performance Transportation Enterprise, the government-owned business inside the Colorado Department of Transportation. The banks’ names are not being announced during the procurement stage, said Megan Castle, a state transportation spokeswoman. 

  • Clear Creek County considering new rules for pot-growing operation

    Legal pot-growing operations may only be allowed in industrial zones in Clear Creek County in the future, county planning commissioners said at a meeting on Sept. 17.

    Or pot growers may be required to meet strict buffer-zone requirements in agricultural zones before they get approval to operate, commissioners said. 

    Pot growing is legally allowed on agriculturally zoned land in the county, as long as growers apply for county and state cultivation licenses, said Fred Rollenhagen, county planning director. 

  • Habitat for Humanity to build eight homes in Empire

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is looking for families interested in owning the first of eight homes it plans to build in Empire.