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Today's News

  • Georgetown recreation commission planning to pursue nonprofit status

    The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Commission plans to attain nonprofit status, and will seek funding for a skate park and park restrooms this year.

    Fixes and improvements cost money, board member Beth Luther said, so the group wants to attain 501c3 nonprofit status so it can apply for private foundation funding.

    “I think what a lot of groups like ours struggle with is not only funding for projects, but then funding the match for the project,” Luther said.

  • Sprague back in Empire mayor’s office

    Empire residents on April 5 elected former mayor Richard Sprague to that position again and approved a 2-cent sales tax increase to pay for a new police officer.

    Sprague was elected in last week’s non-contested municipal election to replace Wendy Koch. Koch, who was unavailable for comment, is now a member of the town’s board of trustees.

    Sprague previously served as a town trustee and as mayor, with his term ending in 2010. He’ll now begin another four-year term as mayor.

  • Carnival raises cash for causes in Springs

    A good old-fashioned carnival describes the scene at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Springs on Friday afternoon.

    Hundreds of children and their families turned out for the second annual event, which this year will help a family in the county with a child with cancer and the Clear Creek Children’s Choir.

  • G-town lands $338,000 grant to complete trail around lake

    Georgetown received a $338,000 grant last week from Great Outdoors Colorado to complete construction of the Bennhoff Lake Trail loop.

    The trail, which will encircle Georgetown Lake, is expected to be finished this summer. The town has been trying to complete the trail for years.

    The GOCO grant for the lake trail will join $85,000 in funds from the state Department of Local Affairs, and $30,000 each from Clear Creek County and the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District.

    Albert Frei & Sons Quarry is donating the gravel for the 2-mile path.

  • ‘Legally Blonde’ features laughs, songs — and pink — at CCHS

    Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Golddiggers allow season-high six goals in loss

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    SHERIDAN — As is often the case with young teams, you take the good with the not so good.

    It’s a lesson that was underscored to Clear Creek girls soccer coach Dan Winkler in a 6-3 loss to Sheridan on April 8.

  • Concerns surface in Evergreen over consolidation of emergency dispatch

    Concerns have surfaced in the community over a vote scheduled April 12 by the Evergreen Fire Protection District board to join a consolidation of emergency dispatch operations at a center in Lakewood. 

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader has said the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • A prime spot for steak to open in Idaho Springs

    The owners of Idaho Springs’ newest restaurant are working hard to get it ready to open May 1.

    Mtn Prime Steakhouse at 1600 Miner St. is still in a state of transition, with boxes being unloaded. The floors and painting were recently finished.

    Business partners Charles Holcomb and Chris Verikas opened Lucha Cantina five years ago in Georgetown and are hoping to bring their passion for steak and locally sourced food to Idaho Springs.

  • Idaho Springs will stream views of downtown area on city website

    Idaho Springs has received a $4,000 grant to live-stream video of Miner Street to the city’s website.

    The grant came from the State Internet Portal Authority and will be used to mount a web camera on City Hall. City officials plan to have the camera face west so website visitors can see what’s happening downtown.

  • City council discusses installing speed bumps on Miner St.

    Idaho Springs is interested in installing temporary speed bumps on Miner Street to slow traffic.

    The city recently reduced the speed limit on Miner to 15 mph, but officials say many motorists routinely ignore the posted speed limits.

    The idea for speed bumps was suggested at the March 28 city council meeting, after Police Chief Chris Malanka said his department planned to park an unmanned patrol car with its lights on in the area to help reduce speeds.