Local News

  • Clear Creek under temporary fire ban

    Clear Creek County is under a temporary Stage 1 fire ban — a restriction that will likely be upgraded in the coming weeks.

    The county joins Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Boulder counties in restricting activities to lessen the chance of a fire being caused.

    “With wildfires happening around the state every day, we ask residents (and visitors) to plan ahead of an event, pay attention to the Stage 1 fire restrictions, be safe and be prepared,” said Clear Creek County spokesman John Bryan.

  • Farmer’s market returning to Empire

    The traditional summer farmer’s market in the Town of Empire is back — with fresh produce and baked goods.

    The market will take place on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Theobold Park next to the town’s visitors center, and Empire Town Clerk Nichole Lentz said that reaction to the event from people wishing to take part has surprised her.

  • CASA seeking volunteers in Clear Creek County

    Clear Creek County is the source for half of CASA of the Continental Divide’s workload, yet, of the 56 volunteers working to help neglected and abused children, only four are from here.

    “That means other volunteers from other communities as far away as Eagle are coming over to serve Clear Creek kids,” said Kathy Reed, executive director CASA of the Continental Divide.

  • Educating the public

    The trail leading to the top of Mount Bierstadt wasn’t yet busy, but more hikers were arriving by the minute.

    The morning of June 14, the sky was a brilliant blue and the well-traveled trail was relatively quiet, but this calm wouldn’t last long.

    A group with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics nonprofit stood at the trailhead waiting to talk to hikers about being sustainable while using the popular recreation destination.

  • Education briefs

    Board looks at projects for possible bond

    The Clear Creek school board had its first look at a list of needed expenditures that could be funded if it decides to ask voters for a bond in the November election.

    The board is considering asking voters for a bond of up to $5 million and a $990,000 mill-levy override, although approval of both would not raise taxes.

    Currently, property taxpayers pay $30.24 per $100,000 of home value specifically for the high school/middle school building on Floyd Hill, and that will be paid off in 2019.

  • Evergreen church bids pastor farewell at Cowboy Sunday Service

    When the time came to depart, rather than riding their horses off into the sunset, Pastor Russell Fletcher and his wife Diane rode off on a four-wheeler toward the church picnic.

    The exit proved to be a fitting farewell for the Fletchers and an appropriate conclusion to the United Methodist Church of Evergreen’s annual Cowboy Sunday Service.

    For six years, the church has been hosting the service on Evergreen Rodeo weekend in hopes of attracting newcomers, out-of-towners and other visitors.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 4-10

    • Tuesday, June 5 — Authorities responded to a report of a wildland fire in the 100 block of Central City Parkway.

    • Tuesday, June 5 — Authorities responded to a report of a wildland fire in the 5000 block of Highway 103.

    • Tuesday, June 5 — Deputies received a report of an overdue hiker in the 13200 block of Highway 103. The hiker was located before deputies arrived on scene.

  • Springs residents, French family honor soldiers at flag retirement

    Zee Schulze’s uncle is buried more than 5,000 miles away at the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial.

    Though she’s never been to his grave, she knows it’s being taken care of by the Clement family of France, who adopted her uncle’s grave as a way to honor his sacrifice and those of his comrades.

    “My father was a prisoner of war in a German P.O.W. camp (during World War II),” Jocelyne Clement said. “If the American forces had not liberated him, I wouldn’t be here.”

  • Colorado’s 2018 primary election: Everything you need to know

    Yes, it’s that time of year again where almost every other commercial is a political ad and there are perhaps too many candidates to keep track of for too many different races.

    After Colorado’s primary elections next Tuesday, however, the pool of candidates for governor, state legislator, congressional representative and a smattering of other municipal offices will dwindle — setting the stage for four months of heavy campaigning by finalists and a clearer picture of what the November elections will look like.

  • Rash of aggressive dog incidents hits Idaho Springs

    Three people were involved in aggressive dog incidents in recent weeks, according to Idaho Springs police.

    People were bitten in two of the encounters, and as a result, the police department is cracking down on leash laws.