Today's News

  • Game-check station keeps hunters in line

    Hunters on their way home were targeted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials in a two-day temporary game-check station on Interstate 70 on Oct. 20-21.

    Officials said the event was a huge success after checking an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles. Scores of hunters in vehicles interacted with Parks and Wildlife officials in the 36-hour period. The number of citations issued was not immediately available.

  • County eyes new reservoir as economic stimulator

    Officials recently paid $12,800 for a strategic water plan that lays out ways to maximize the county’s water assets to spur future economic growth.

    Two consultants who put together the plan discussed the general potential financial benefits of building reservoirs, hotels, office buildings and homes at a Clear Creek county commission meeting on Oct. 20.

  • Clear disappointment for Golddiggers

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    LITTLETON — Front Range Christian’s offense played a game of cat-and-mouse with Clear Creek safety Noah Sarria throughout the Class 1A Metro League football game Oct. 24.

    And on a crucial fourth-and-two play from the Falcons’ 48-yard line with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Sarria went for the catnip and the cheese, and he got caught.

  • Miner Street speed-limit enforcement in effect

    The Idaho Springs Police Department will periodically have an officer on Miner Street over the next week to deter speeding because of complaints about how fast cars are traveling.

    "We ask that all motorists be cognizant of the speed limit and drive safely," Police Chief Chris Malanka said in a written statement. 

    The speed limit on Miner Street ranges between 15 and 20 mph.

  • Volunteers continue to search for dog in wake of fatal crash

    Volunteers think they'll find Chulo — the black rat terrier who was thrown from a car in an accident on the east side of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Aug. 23.

    They're offering a $500 reward for the little dog, who was in the car when Kayce Chik, 25, of Lakewood died in the one-car rollover accident.

  • Authors bring stories, star power to literary festival

    What do the following have in common: a man on Everest, a former CIA worker, a member of the Resistance in World War II, nuns in California and a female hunting guide.

    All were authors or characters that came to life at the first Rocky Mountain Literary Festival, a locally produced volunteer event held at Mount Vernon Country Club on Saturday.

    The authors all are based in Colorado, and several have ties to Evergreen.

  • Event center taking shape on Chicago Creek Road

    Blackstone Rivers Ranch, a private mountain event center, is starting to rise out of the ground at 3673 Chicago Creek Road in Idaho Springs.

    The 3,500-square-foot building and corresponding outdoor pavilions and patios will host weddings and private parties, said owner Rachel Betz. In the next three or four years, Betz also plans to build a creekside hotel, and a spa and fitness center at the property.

  • Loveland Ski Area making snow

    Lovers of snow sports can rejoice — the temperature finally dropped far enough last Thursday night for Loveland Ski Area to start making snow.

    Snow guns ran from about 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, said John Sellers, a Loveland Ski Area spokesman. Conditions weren't perfect, but they were good enough to start, Sellers said.

    Echo Mountain started making snow Sunday night, said Nora Pykkonen, owner of the ski area, which will open to private training Nov. 3 and is booked through October with training, races and similar events, Pykkonen said.

  • Edgar Mine provides mother lode of experience for students

    Classes at the Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs offer a hands-on experience for the estimated 250 Colorado School of Mines students who attend each semester.

    Most of the students who come to the mine these days are majoring in petroleum engineering, while the mine was originally built to produce gold and silver. But the skills the students learn and the projects they work on at the mine are similar to what they'll need in their own industry, according to School of Mines professor Bill Eustes.

  • Students lending a helping hand halfway across the world

    Third-graders at King-Murphy Elementary School are helping children halfway around the world.

    The students in Annie Kucharcik’s class heard about the refugees fleeing Syria, many of them children, and wanted to help. So after much research, they found the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program.

    The organization is asking children to make and decorate pinwheels, then send them in. For every donated pinwheel, the Bezos Family Foundation will contribute $2, and up to $400,000, to the organization.