en A place to call their own <img src="" alt="Caroline Jensen started The Majestic Gallery, a cooperative featuring Colorado artists." title="Caroline Jensen started The Majestic Gallery, a cooperative featuring Colorado artists." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> For 30 years, the Majestic Gallery in Idaho Springs has helped provide a space for local artists to showcase their work.</p> <p> But it&rsquo;s more than that. The co-op gallery provides artists with a place to share ideas, be passionate about their work and further develop as artists.</p> <p> For 30 years, Caroline Jensen, a resident, art gallery founder and general manager, has kept the lights on, the doors open and the enthusiasm for creating contagious.</p> Idaho Springs approves comprehensive plan <p> Idaho Springs now has a clear plan for the city&rsquo;s future.</p> <p> The city council on Nov. 13 unanimously approved its long-range comprehensive plan, which spells out the city&rsquo;s vision for residential and commercial development.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is a plan that looks into the future,&rdquo; said community development planner Alan Tiefenbach. &ldquo;It is a policy document to provide guidance to the city. &hellip; It is a guide for consistent decision-making. It is used to prioritize our priorities and our goals.&rdquo;</p> Prospector bus offering free rides in December <p> The Prospector bus will be free in December as the county&rsquo;s way to thank the community.</p> <p> The 14-passenger vehicle started providing trips around the county in December 2016. At first, the bus only drew about 30 riders a month, but that number has grown to an average of 200 riders monthly.</p> <p> &ldquo;Since we started nearly a year ago, ridership has grown steadily every month, and we wanted to extend that success and holiday spirit with free rides next month,&rdquo; said JoAnn Sorensen, the county transportation liaison, in a statement.</p> New councilman Pennell looking to give back <img src="" alt="Idaho Springs city clerk Diane Breece swears in new councilman Scott Pennell on Nov. 13. Pennell ran a successful write-in campaign." title="Idaho Springs city clerk Diane Breece swears in new councilman Scott Pennell on Nov. 13. Pennell ran a successful write-in campaign." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Looking to contribute to his community, Scott Pennell joined the Idaho Springs city council on Nov. 13 as a successful write-in candidate in Ward 1.</p> <p> Pennell replaces Troy Erickson, who moved out of the city, and joins Michael Vieweg in Ward II, and incumbents Bob Bowland and Mayor Michael Hillman on the city council. They ran in uncontested elections.</p> <p> For Pennell, serving on the city council is about giving back to the community he grew up in.</p> Trip planner in the works for county’s tourism website <p> Visitors to Clear Creek County will soon be able to plan their trip remotely, thanks to a $25,000 matching grant from the state tourism office.</p> <p> &ldquo;This itinerary builder is going to be a part of our website,&rdquo; said tourism director Cassandra Patton. &ldquo;The goal is still to &hellip; (show) that we are more than a pass-through community, and to develop a fun and easy way to attract and introduce visitors to amenities they might not be aware of.&rdquo;</p> Elections planned for February at Georgetown Community School <p> Two Georgetown Community School board members have announced they will resign their positions on Feb. 28, paving the way for an election sometime in February to fill their seats and another seat that was already vacant.</p> <p> The election is a compromise to begin solving concerns of about 50 parents at the public charter school that include more transparent communication among parents and the board. They also want improvements made to the school&rsquo;s administration, which consists of principal Sharon Warren and business manager/preschool director Marcia Ricke.</p> Epps trial waiting for order from Colorado Supreme Court <p> The jury trial of an Idaho Springs man accused of threatening a county probation worker remains on hold as both sides await an order from the Colorado Supreme Court. Both the district attorney&rsquo;s office and the defense updated information about the case during a Nov. 15 teleconference.</p> <p> Joshua Epps, 26, pleaded not guilty to counts of harassing, stalking and attempting to influence a public servant. A jury trial was held in district court May 24-26, but Judge John N. McMullen declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a consensus.</p> Loveland Ski Area set to install high-speed chairlift <p> The ride up Loveland Ski Area will be a whole lot faster next winter.<br /> The ski resort will upgrade Lift 1 to a detachable high-speed quad chairlift this summer to shorten the travel time from eight minutes to three.<br /> &ldquo;One of the driving forces was the next generation of the Loveland family: the kids and the grandkids,&rdquo; chief operating officer Rob Goodell said at the Nov. 14 county commissioners meeting. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very much looking toward the future because this lift is going to be there for 40 years.&rdquo;<br />