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  • Idaho Springs council approves moving forward with service districts

    The Idaho Springs City Council, after dozens of questions and concerns from city residents, on July 29 approved the service plan for two proposed metropolitan districts that would serve the proposed Soda Creek Highlands residential development above Pine Slope Road.

    The council approved it on the condition that the proposed districts’ boundaries in the service plan only includes the lot owned by the Soda Creek Highlands Development Co. LLC, as there were questions from neighboring residents about whether those boundaries were accurate.

  • Local man arrested in connection with murder of his sister

    A 67-year-old man was arrested Saturday in connection with the murder of his infirmed older sister in his residence along Highway 103.

  • New satellites could be long-term solution for rural internet access

    Satellites recently launched into orbit could be a game-changer in allowing Clear Creek residents to have high-speed internet access, but not until 2025.

    According to John Bottomley, the county’s IT director, three competing companies have started launching low earth orbit satellites that will be able to provide internet connectivity speeds that are competitive with terrestrial providers. By 2025, there will be about 40,000 LEO satellites among the three companies — StarLink, Project Kuiper and OneWeb.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Bighorn Crossing construction will resume
    Construction on the Bighorn Crossing residential development will resume in August despite recent major holdups.

    Creighton Soukup, who runs sales and marketing for the development, said the development is slated to move forward at a faster pace. The developers received certificates of occupancy for the current buildings on July 24, and they expect the landscaping to start within the next two weeks.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    Four City Council seats up for election
    Idaho Springs City Clerk Diane Breece confirmed that two vacant seats on the City Council will be up for election this November, along with two current seats.

    The seats up for election align with redrawing the city’s district lines from three voting wards to two, with the districts divided into two wards near 17th Street. This will mean three city council members will represent each ward.

    Those positions up for election are:

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 15-21

    • Monday, July 15 — Idaho Springs officers responded to a theft call in the 3200 block of Riverside Drive after a resident reported that her bike had been stolen from her patio overnight. Officers are still looking for the bike.

    • Tuesday, July 16 — Georgetown police conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle reportedly driving erratically on Interstate 70. The driver was investigated for driving under the influence and arrested. The driver also had active warrants for his arrest.

  • Cremated human remains found near dumpster in Georgetown

    Cremated human remains were found behind the Georgetown Visitors Center dumpster earlier this week, but the Georgetown Police Department has stated that it's not investigating any criminal activity at this time.

    According to Sgt. Jon Gaskins, officers responded to the call at around 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Visitors Center, located in the 1400 block of Argentine Street.

  • St. Mary’s residents enjoy hosting visitors at annual GlacierFest

    If GlacierFest were a house party, then the full-time and part-time residents of Alice and St. Mary’s would be the hosts. And even with Saturday’s continual rain, their spirit of hospitality didn’t diminish.

    “It’s for the whole county — not necessarily for us (locals),” organizer Alicia Walsh said. “… This is to bring the community together to have a nice day out.”

  • Clear Creek’s new superintendent plans for school year

    Karen Quanbeck, Clear Creek School District’s new superintendent, has been called “a powerhouse of positive contagious energy.”

    That’s what school board president Mitch Houston said a teacher called Quanbeck, who began her job on July 1. Others at Clear Creek High School echoed the sentiment.

    “I already love her energy,” said CCHS principal Elizabeth Gardner, “quipping, “She talks with her hands like me.”

  • First Friday events fundraise for Hamill House

    All summer, there has been a temporal anomaly around Georgetown’s Hamill House on the first Friday of each month.

    In June, the property suddenly reverted to its mining era roots; in July, to the early 20th century; and last Friday, to a 1960s beach party.

    Historic Georgetown Inc. has hosted all of the First Friday events as a way to create interest among locals and fundraise, organizers explained.

    About 50 people attended Friday’s beach party, which featured a costume contest, dance contest and silent auction.