• Prospector targets area near Santiago Mine

    Mine-claim owner Stephen Hilgers has filed plans to prospect for minerals near the Santiago Mill in an area near the historic ghost-town region of Waldorf south of Georgetown.

    Officials at the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety are reviewing the permit request, after a public comment period recently closed, said Michael Cunningham, an employee at the state agency. A 60-day review period generally ends with a decision to approve or deny a plan, although an applicant can request an extension, he said.

  • Inventor hopes fishing floaters lure customers

    A creative fishing trip as a little girl inspired Clear Creek County resident Sheri Keller to become an inventor, entrepreneur and ultimately a business owner.

    Keller used her fishing experiences to form KBT Weights LLC, which is on the verge of receiving the patent for her fishing sinkers and floaters, and is in talks with potential distributors — all thanks to her grandfather’s invention.

    She said her family went camping and fishing on vacations because there wasn’t enough money for more extravagant trips.

  • 'Land bank' parcel eyed for hotel, apartment building

    A centrally located 4.2-acre property on the hillside near the former middle school in Idaho Springs is slated for economic development — possibly a hotel or an apartment building.

    The $4,600 parcel is the first piece of land to be placed into the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. "land bank," which was started in 2006, according to Dan Ebert, a member of the land bank committee and a business owner in Idaho Springs.

  • Echo Mountain to open to the public this winter

    Officials plan to open the currently private ski area on Squaw Pass Road to the public on Dec. 10 for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season, according to owner Nora Pykkonen.

    The 226-acre ski area on Squaw Pass Road has been operating privately as a venue for the Front Range Ski Club to practice since 2012. Pykkonen Capital LLC bought the ski area in August 2012 for $1.53 million, according to county records.

  • Marijuana manufacturing facility opens on Floyd Hill

    Marijuana manufacturing company ebbu LLC has opened in a 5,000-square-foot space in the Floyd Hill Business Park on the north side of Interstate 70.

    Company officials plan to manufacture marijuana concentrates with names like "Energy," "Chill," "Create," "Bliss" and "Giggles" at the new research and development facility at 35715 U.S. Highway 40, Building D, said Jon Cooper, an owner.

  • Home sales rebounding in Clear Creek County

    It might not be as crazy as Denver, but the residential home market in Clear Creek County has bounced back, area Realtors say.

    “In the mountain communities, the market is good,” said Kevin O’Malley, a Realtor and a former county commissioner. “Like everywhere else in this area, there is not quite enough inventory.”

  • Tennessee doctor abandons plan for clinic in Springs

    The former Idaho Springs Lumber Co. is back on the market, after a Tennessee doctor decided not to put a health care clinic there after all.

    The 1-acre property at 1965 Miner St. is listed for $539,000 with ReMax Mountain Realty. Tennessee doctor Toby Hampton said a year ago that he bought the property for $450,000.

    At the time, Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in the next 18 months. He operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee. 

  • Tommyknocker goes international

    What do Idaho Springs and Helsinki  have in common?

    Both now have Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub-branded brewpubs drawing customers.

    The Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar opened in recent weeks at Iso Roobertinkatu 13 in a trendy neighborhood near downtown Helsinki. Steve Indrehus, the brewmaster at the Idaho Springs brewpub, flew to Finland with his wife, Maria, to help oversee the opening. The Beer Bar also serves appetizers.

  • Restaurant inspections to be posted on county website

    Restaurant patrons in Clear Creek County will be able to go online to check health inspections of their favorite eateries, starting July 1.

    Clear Creek public health officials plan to post restaurant inspections on the county website — http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/ — starting on that date, Charlotte Hampson, lead environmental health specialist in Clear Creek County, told the county commissioners at a recent meeting.

  • Rafting business seeing rapid growth in Clear Creek

    A record 72,224 rafting tourists plied the waters of Clear Creek in the 2014 season, more than double the 35,422 rafters recorded just two years earlier, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

    "Fantastic water" coming from the 2013-14 winter snowpack and the continuing economic rebound across the state were the two biggest contributing factors to the increase, said John Cantamessa, owner of Colorado Adventure Center, which operates in Idaho Springs as well as other locations in the state.