• 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.

  • Tennessee doctor puts plans for local clinic on hold

    A Tennessee doctor’s plans for a new office in Idaho Springs are “on hold” because of health issues.

    In May, Toby Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in Idaho Springs within six to 18 months on the former lumberyard property on Miner Street. Last week, Hampton said he was delaying those plans, in an e-mail response to questions posed by a Clear Creek Courant reporter.

  • Da Rivuh brings Cajun cuisine to Idaho Springs

    A restaurant site downtown is getting a Cajun name and makeover, with Southern favorites such as crawfish fondue on the menu.

    Soon-to-open Da Rivuh Fish and BBQ Company at 1446 Miner St. also has a new, nautical paint job of light blue, navy and tan. The dark purple ceiling is now painted light-blue at the former Mangia! Italian restaurant, said Whitney Smith, who co-owns the building with husband Doug Smith.

  • A bridge project too lengthy

    Idaho Springs business owners and residents remain frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70, despite promotional efforts from the Colorado Department of Transportation to help salvage what's left of the holiday shopping season.

    CDOT and bridge project construction officials met with an agitated crowd at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Idaho Springs. CDOT is expanding the Highway 103 bridge to accommodate the $72 million eastbound toll lane being built on Interstate 70.

  • Indian Hot Springs has new owner

    The Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs has been sold to the former owner of Hot Sulphur Springs near Granby.

    While the sale price has not been recorded yet, the property is valued at $1.53 million by the county assessor’s office. That assessment is based on market value for the land in 2012, and would not include the value of the business or the water rights, according to Diane Settle, county assessor. County assessments are about two years in arrears of the current time period.

  • Clear Creek rates high in personal income

    Clear Creek County has the third highest average personal income in the state at $59,970, according to statistics released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    But federal statistics can be misleading, according to County Commissioner Tom Hayden. Per-capita income can look “very skewed” in a county of just 9,000 residents, he said.

  • Zip-line owners buy additional parcel, plan new check-in site

    Owners of the Colorado Adventure Center in Dumont paid $250,000 for a 5-acre parcel next to their existing zip-line and rafting operation on Stanley Road near Idaho Springs.

  • Delays in bridge project anger owners of businesses

    Local business owners, frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs, want the state to fund a promotional campaign to boost their businesses.

    At a meeting Nov. 20, the business owners told officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mountain Corridor Constructors, that they are losing revenue, and that their employees are working fewer hours as the holiday shopping season arrives.

  • Loveland's opening late but loved by skiers

    Loveland Ski Area opened for the season on Saturday after weeks of battling unusually warm temperatures.

    Loveland was the second ski resort to open in Colorado after Arapahoe Basin, which opened Oct. 17.