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Today's News

  • A good sign for Clear Creek

    Three new “welcome” signs going up soon are bound to cement Clear Creek County among the top scenic destinations in the state.

    For those who like to take pictures at iconic Colorado spots, these signs are meant to entice. The $15,000 worth of signage will be placed at the top of Squaw Pass on Highway 103; at the top of the Central City Parkway between Interstate 70 and Central City; and on U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Canyon, said Cassandra Patton, tourism director at the Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau.

  • County officials cut ribbon on sheriff's office remodel

    Officials last week celebrated a $1.3 million remodel of the sheriff's office in the Clear Creek County Courthouse, which opened on time and on budget.

    In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, Sheriff Rick Albers thanked his colleagues for putting up with the disruption and construction crews during the project. Tours followed the ribbon-cutting.

  • Santiago Mill off limits during cleanup

    A picturesque, historic gold mill is off limits for the next three to five years during a cleanup — its road access blocked by a newly built fence.

    The Santiago Mill in the ghost-town region of Waldorf is a popular destination for Jeep clubs and other off-road groups who love the trip up an axle-busting gravel road and the spectacular mountain scenery above treeline.

  • County officials cut ribbon on sheriff's office remodel

    Officials last week celebrated a $1.3 million remodel of the sheriff's office in the Clear Creek County Courthouse, which opened on time and on budget.

    In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, Sheriff Rick Albers thanked his colleagues for putting up with the disruption and construction crews during the project. Tours followed the ribbon-cutting.

  • Rare and interesting ferns grow in the foothills

    Ferns are not what one could call abundant in Colorado, but we have a few, including some that are rare and interesting.

    The large stands of tall ferns found in the moist, rich eastern woodlands are not to be found in our dry climate, but we do have some rock and cliff dwellers as well as a few that grow in the sub-alpine bogs and meadows.

    The most common fern in the Evergreen area is the delicate brittle fern, Cystoperis fragilis. The stipe or stem of this fern is dark brown to black at the base, shading to straw color or green.

  • Efforts to create ‘a more perfect union’

    As James Brown yelps in his classic hit, “I feel good!” The reason? I and my gay and lesbian siblings finally can experience first-class citizenship. We not only can come out of the closet but also walk to some altars to exercise our natural, human and constitutional right to marry.

  • Teuling named district Elk of the Year

    A member of the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge has been named district Elk of the Year for the first time in recent memory.

    Cindy Teuling, an Idaho Springs native and police department employee, recently received the honor, which recognizes her commitment to both the Elks Lodge and the community.

  • Springs begins search for next city administrator

    Idaho Springs has begun its search for a new city administrator, with the process expected to take three months.

    When a job description is finalized, KRW Associates, the company also helping the city council hire a chief of police, will begin receiving resumes.

    A year ago, longtime city administrator Cindy Condon resigned, and Phyllis Adams was named to the interim position. Adams previously served two terms as city clerk and four years on the city council.

  • Dumont man gets 8 years to life for sex assault on teen

    A Dumont resident has been sentenced to eight years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2013.

    Jurors in March convicted Chad Farrells, 43, of sexual assault and enticement of a child, both felonies. The jury had deliberated for two days after a five-day trial. Farrells also must register as a sex offender as part the sentence.

    “We are pleased that this criminal has received what could be a life sentence and he will not be able to victimize other children,” District Attorney Bruce Brown said in a statement.

  • Celebrating the stars and stripes

    Riley Dunnell, 5, dances with her grandfather Danny Eagan during the Fourth of July celebration in Georgetown on Saturday.