http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Music to their ears http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/music-their-ears <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-rapidgrassfest02-cb-070115_0.jpg" alt=" " title=" " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Alahnie Hoisington, 2, blows bubbles Friday during the Clear Creek RapidGrass Music Festival in Idaho Springs. The annual event was started in 2010 by brother and sister duo Mark and Sarah Morris.</p> Discussions on westbound toll lane on hold http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/discussions-westbound-toll-lane-hold <p> Discussions on a new toll lane for westbound Interstate 70 are on hold after Clear Creek&rsquo;s county commissioners complained about current road construction and traffic woes on the eastbound side.</p> <p> Meetings had been slated for Tuesday and for Aug. 5-6, after a group of government leaders called the I-70 Coalition gave an informal go-ahead to holding them, said Steve Harelson, a project engineer at the Colorado Department of Transportation.</p> <p> After a June 23 meeting with county commissioners, however, the future gatherings are uncertain, Harelson said.</p> County hoping land at G-town Lake lures hotel builders http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-hoping-land-g-town-lake-lures-hotel-builders-0 <p> Now that county officials have bought a highly visible 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake, they hope developers will come knocking.</p> <p> The county paid $532,500 for the land, which officials say could someday be the site of a hotel, a housing development and recreational amenities such as a trailhead and parking. The transaction closed Tuesday, June 23. The land had been listed for sale for $595,000.</p> Colorado Boulevard work put off until 2016 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/colorado-boulevard-work-put-until-2016 <p> Construction on Colorado Boulevard that is expected to take 18 months and tie up traffic on the major thoroughfare in Idaho Springs is being delayed until the spring of 2016.</p> <p> The decision was made to give people a break from the numerous construction projects the city is undertaking and to give officials time to get more competitive bids, Mayor Mike Hillman said.</p> Pot store manager appointed to fill vacancy on Idaho Springs council http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/pot-store-manager-appointed-fill-vacancy-idaho-springs-council <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-siegel.jpg" alt="Jason Siegel, Kine Mine general manager, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council. " title="Jason Siegel, Kine Mine general manager, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Jason Siegel, general manager of the Kine Mine marijuana shop, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council.</p> <p> Siegel replaces Lisa Highley, who resigned the Ward 3 seat in May because of an impending move to New Hampshire to be near her daughter.</p> <p> Highley was appointed in 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Michael Hillman when he was elected mayor. The Ward 3 seat is up for election in November, according to interim city administrator Phyllis Adams.</p> Georgetown, Springs plan Fourth festivities http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/georgetown-springs-plan-fourth-festivities <p> A laser light show will replace pyrotechnics at this year&#39;s July Fourth festivities in Idaho Springs, while Georgetown plans to stage its traditional fireworks display over the lake.</p> <p> <strong>Idaho Springs </strong></p> <p> Idaho Springs will not have a professional fireworks display this year because of the difficulty in finding a pyrotechnics company.</p> Increase in camping at Barbour Fork Trailhead spurs complaints http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/increase-camping-barbour-fork-trailhead-spurs-complaints <p> Complaints have increased in recent weeks about campers using the Barbour Fork Trailhead near Soda Creek Road, according to U.S. Forest Service Ranger Penny Wu.</p> <p> More campers appear to be using the area, about 3 miles south of Idaho Springs, after Forest Service officials closed a 6-mile stretch of land next to Highway 103, Wu said.</p> Improvements eyed for Saxon Mountain four-wheel-drive roads http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/improvements-eyed-saxon-mountain-four-wheel-drive-roads <p> Saxon Mountain&#39;s four-wheel-drive roads and trails could soon get a U.S. Forest Service spruce-up.</p> <p> The popular backcountry area on the mountain south and east of Georgetown is riddled with old mining relics and tailings. Rocky, unmaintained four-wheel-drive roads up the mountain can be accessed from downtown Georgetown.</p>