Today's News

  • 5K veterans hold on for victory

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — Evergreen residents Bob Weiner and Amy Armstrong have their hometown’s annual July 4 Freedom Run 5K down pat. But they are starting to hear footsteps.

  • Man, 20, dies in rafting accident on Clear Creek

    A 20-year-old man died Saturday in a rafting accident on Clear Creek, the second rafting fatality this year.

    The victim was identified as Daniel Cheong of Wichita, Kan.

    The Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a call received at 12:11 p.m. about a man in the water near mile marker 259 along U.S. 6. Cheong reportedly was pulled from the creek and given CPR, but he couldn’t be revived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Construction of eastbound toll lane may miss completion deadline, CDOT says

    Construction of the eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 might not be done by Oct. 31 — the date specified in the contract, according to Amy Ford, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

    Wet weather this spring might have caused construction delays, Ford said. CDOT officials may re-assess potential late penalties for Mountain Corridor Constructors, the contractor for the estimated $78 million eastbound express toll lane, Ford said.

  • Georgetown, Springs plan Fourth festivities

    A laser light show will replace pyrotechnics at this year's July Fourth festivities in Idaho Springs, while Georgetown plans to stage its traditional fireworks display over the lake.

    Idaho Springs

    Idaho Springs will not have a professional fireworks display this year because of the difficulty in finding a pyrotechnics company.

  • Time to expose hatred and deal with it

    There’s something particularly heinous about violating places of sanctity that ought to be sanctuaries from violence: e.g., churches, schools, shelters.

    Over the years I’ve written about and decried gunmen who choose to carry out their murderous assaults in public schools, one of society’s most sacred secular places. This time it happened in a Charleston, S.C., church during a Bible study to which the gunman was lovingly welcomed.

  • Warblers’ beautiful songs fill the air in the foothills

    I can hear what I believe to be a yellow warbler singing, but I haven’t seen it yet, so I am not positive of my identification because I don’t trust my ears. Unfortunately, my hearing is not what it used to be.

  • Pot store manager appointed to fill vacancy on Idaho Springs council

    Jason Siegel, general manager of the Kine Mine marijuana shop, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council.

    Siegel replaces Lisa Highley, who resigned the Ward 3 seat in May because of an impending move to New Hampshire to be near her daughter.

    Highley was appointed in 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Michael Hillman when he was elected mayor. The Ward 3 seat is up for election in November, according to interim city administrator Phyllis Adams.

  • Colorado Boulevard work put off until 2016

    Construction on Colorado Boulevard that is expected to take 18 months and tie up traffic on the major thoroughfare in Idaho Springs is being delayed until the spring of 2016.

    The decision was made to give people a break from the numerous construction projects the city is undertaking and to give officials time to get more competitive bids, Mayor Mike Hillman said.

  • Music to their ears

    Alahnie Hoisington, 2, blows bubbles Friday during the Clear Creek RapidGrass Music Festival in Idaho Springs. The annual event was started in 2010 by brother and sister duo Mark and Sarah Morris.

  • County hoping land at G-town Lake lures hotel builders

    Now that county officials have bought a highly visible 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake, they hope developers will come knocking.

    The county paid $532,500 for the land, which officials say could someday be the site of a hotel, a housing development and recreational amenities such as a trailhead and parking. The transaction closed Tuesday, June 23. The land had been listed for sale for $595,000.