Today's News

  • Bob Cook Hill Climb has an Italian feel to it

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Bravo! Bellissimo!

    Granted, it’s a long way from Italy to Clear Creek County, but the winners of the top pro categories at the 49th Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb have a connection to the land of La Dolce Vita.

  • Time for school board to come clean

    “A little water clears us of this deed.”
     — Lady Macbeth

    Let’s pick up where I left off last week: with the untimely decapitation of Todd Lancaster, our erstwhile superintendent.
    I e-mailed Peter Monson, an old friend, colleague and longtime member of the Board of Education, inviting the board and “interim” superintendent Roslin Marshall to my KYGT-FM show to give them the opportunity “to clear the air regarding ‘Toddgate.’ ”

  • 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.

  • Mount Bierstadt getting $200,000 in trail work

    With 35,000 hikers potentially damaging fragile tundra on Mount Bierstadt every year, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative crews are conducting a $200,000 trail fix-up project there.
    Another estimated 35,000 people are at Mount Evans annually, which also erodes the mountain environment, said Lloyd Athearn, executive director of the nonprofit group. Athearn is spearheading a local fund-raising effort for trail fix-up, since hikers bring untold economic benefit to the region as well.

  • 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.