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Today's News

  • Fire Authority seeks to hire project manager, grant coordinator for new Empire station

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority wants to hire someone to help plan and find funding for three projects, including a fire station in Empire.

    The board on March 16 approved a draft request-for-proposal to find a project manager to oversee building an Empire fire station, then a training building and finally some repairs to the Idaho Springs and Georgetown stations, according to Tom Hale, authority board member and Georgetown administrator.

  • Citizens help police nab three suspects

    Three people who had been in a stolen vehicle were apprehended March 17 by the county’s three law enforcement agencies, with the help of Idaho Springs residents.

    Police are not yet releasing the identities of the man and two women who were arrested but said they were not from the area. The male and one female had “extensive” criminal backgrounds, Georgetown Police Chief Randy Williams said.

    He said they were in custody and will be charged. The vehicle was stolen earlier that day from Lakewood.

  • The art of detention

    Editor’s note: Beneath the unassuming Clear Creek County courthouse is a 30,000-square-foot detention facility that houses as many as 80 inmates at a time. Last year the self-contained county jail held 787 arrestees and served 52,391 meals. It regularly provides medical attention, education and other services for detainees and inmates. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the inner workings of the county’s jail.

  • The art of detention

    Editor’s note: Beneath the unassuming Clear Creek County courthouse is a 30,000-square-foot detention facility that houses as many as 80 inmates at a time. Last year the self-contained county jail held 787 arrestees and served 52,391 meals. It regularly provides medical attention, education and other services for detainees and inmates. This is the first of a three-part series exploring the inner workings of the county’s jail.

  • Officials hold Colorado Boulevard groundbreaking

    In a lull between snowy gusts, the Idaho Springs city council marked the start of Colorado Boulevard construction work on March 14 with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

    Council members used golden shovels to move the first dirt in the $7.7 million project that will consist of new curbs, streetlights, stormwater drainage and other improvements from Carlson Elementary School to 22nd Avenue. American Civil Constructors is expected to complete the work by July 2017.

  • Sinkhole closes one lane of westbound I-70

    A car-size sinkhole that opened Tuesday morning near an Interstate 70 off-ramp in Idaho Springs prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close one lane of westbound traffic, a CDOT spokeswoman said. 

    A crew that was set to pave the westbound off ramp at Exit 241 had planned to close the right lane about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and arrived at the site about 7 or 8 a.m., said CDOT spokeswoman Joy Wasendorf.

    “When the crew got out there to do the work, they discovered said sinkhole,” she said.

  • Soccer team looking to make community proud

    By Matthew Van Deventer — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — This 2016 girls soccer season will be about more than just winning for the Clear Creek Golddiggers.

    The squad wants to build a team the school and community can really get behind and be proud of.

    Clear Creek sophomore Samantha O’Brien is on track to be the leading scorer again. She scored 21 goals as a freshman. Clear Creek finished the season with 31 goals last season.

  • Citizens help police nab three suspects after high-speed chase

    Three people who had been in a stolen vehicle were apprehended March 17 by the county's three law enforcement agencies, with the help of Idaho Springs residents.

    Police are not yet releasing the identities of the man and two women who were arrested but said they were not from the area. The male and one female had "extensive" criminal backgrounds, Georgetown Police Chief Randy Williams said. 

    He said they were in custody and will be charged. The vehicle was stolen earlier that day from Lakewood.

  • Rock squirrels are rarely found in foothills

    (Reprinted from March 20, 2010)

    It was shortly after we moved to Colorado that my late husband and I were birding one morning in Red Rocks Park, and we saw our first rock squirrel.

    Rock squirrels are the biggest of all the many ground-squirrel clan, and despite the fact that they are ground squirrels, they are quite capable of climbing over rocks and boulders and even well into trees as if they thought they were tree squirrels.

  • A heartfelt farewell to two great men

    Last week I indicated I would continue this week with the theme of Democrats and other clear-sighted voters being a firewall against a potential Donald Trump presidency. Instead, I will write that piece next week.

    It’s appropriate to take time to do some saluting, thanking and, as I like to say, philosophizing about two men who have moved on.