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Today's News

  • Roundabout decoration construction to start in October

    Construction on a mining scene that includes a mining head frame will begin in October at the roundabout on the east end of Colorado Boulevard.

    The Idaho Springs city council approved spending $17,000 to build the structure and awarded the contract to Wallace Landscaping in Idaho Springs. The 20-foot-tall mining head frame will be similar to one at the Idaho Springs Visitors Center.

  • Idaho Springs considers mountain biking park near Argo Mine

    Idaho Springs officials are looking into whether city property north of the Argo Mine could become a mountain biking destination.

    Called Area 28, it is part of 500 acres of Bureau of Land Management land the city received from the county in 1994.

    “Why haven’t we done something with this?” Alan Tiefenbach, the city’s community development planner, asked the city council on July 10. Tiefenbach rediscovered the area while doing work on the Argo property last year.

  • Bereaved kids find friends, support at summer camp

    Editor’s Note: The campers’ names have been changed to protect their privacy.

    One-by-one on Friday night, 53 kids took turns passing the talking stick around the circle, introducing themselves and describing who they had lost.

    “My name is Tom; my dad died,” one 6-year-old shared. “He was a great singer, and I loved him.”

  • Empire set to join the coffee Xpress lane

    After eight years of wondering what the large log-exterior building off the east side of Highway 40 is, Empire residents and travelers will soon not only have an answer but a new place to buy coffee.

    Patrick and Monica Adams, who own Mountain Xpress Coffee Co., are scheduling a soft opening later this summer for their new coffee shop and restaurant.

    While the menu is a work in progress, the couple plans to offer coffee, tea, lemonade, hot chocolate, pastries, breakfast burritos and sandwiches and lunchtime sandwiches and salads.

  • I-70 reopens after RV fire near Floyd Hill

    All lanes of Interstate 70 are open Thursday afternoon near Floyd Hill after a burning RV had earlier shut down both sides of the highway.

    A 50-year-old male, who has not yet been identified, was the driver of the RV. He was not injured in the incident, according to Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol. The RV was pulling a trailer of ATVs.

    Evergreen Fire/Rescue received a call about an RV engulfed in flames just after noon on Thursday. Other agencies, including Foothills Fire/Rescue and Clear Creek Fire Authority, also responded to the call.

  • VOC needs volunteers to work on two trails near Georgetown

    Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is looking for a few locals to work this weekend on the Rutherford and Anna Mule trails outside of Georgetown.
    The nonprofit organization is looking for as many as 20 volunteers to add to the total of 80 needed to perform trail maintenance and construction. Food and camping sites will be provided.
    “This project is going to tackle two trails over in the Georgetown area,” said VOC spokeswoman Kellie Flowers. “They’re both historic trails, and they used to be old mining, wagon and mule roads.”

  • Quiet holiday for law enforcement

    The long Fourth of July weekend was uneventful for local law enforcement agencies in Clear Creek County.
    Officials at both the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Springs Police Department say calls were typical.
    “We still had our normal fireworks going off here and there, but nothing really major,” Sheriff Rick Albers said. “No injured people, (or) search and rescues. So knock on wood, but it was kind of a non-event.”
    Over the weekend, there were a couple DUI arrests but nothing unusual for a holiday weekend, he said.

  • County wants to streamline process so it is easier for film crews to work here

    Clear Creek County wants to become more user friendly for the film and television industry.
    The county is planning to create a permit for filming to streamline the process, making it easier for the public to see the county in a commercial or on the big screen.
    County Manager Keith Montag told county commissioners that Clear Creek was recently approached regarding a film project.

  • Camping in the Rockies: Keeping campsites clean

    Editor’s note: With the growing popularity of Clear Creek’s recreational amenities, the Courant is taking a look at the people who manage, clean and protect the county’s campgrounds. This is part one of a three-part series.

    Looking after a campground is no picnic. But for Wendy Glidden, a mother of 10, it’s all in a day’s work.

  • Kansas product turns heads at Evergreen Mountain 15K

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — All Austin Bogina wants is a professional team to run for.
    Recognition hasn’t come easily for the Kansas native and a December 2016 graduate of Pittsburg (Kan.) State, whose best finish in the NCAA Division II cross country championships was 108th in 2015, his senior season.
    But Bogina is doing his best to gain attention during a summer stay in Colorado.