Local News

  • Teenage climber dies in Clear Creek Canyon

    An 18-year-old Greenwood Village woman has died after a climbing accident in Clear Creek Canyon on Thursday.

    According to the Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling, Lauren Guthrie was climbing in the canyon just west of Tunnel 5 and north of Clear Creek, an area locally called the North Cat Slab, with another teenage climber.

    Around 2:50 p.m., while Guthrie was rappelling, she fell, according to Snelling. Other climbers witnessed the accident and notified officials. Multiple agencies responded and shut down traffic at both ends of the tunnel.

  • EMS captains: morale good, despite changes

    Despite no chief and no administrator, Clear Creek EMS’ three captains say morale is high as staff members become more engaged and willing to help with special projects.

    During a May 28 work session with the county commissioners, Capt. Bryon Monseu said while he and his fellow captains are learning the system since former Chief Nicolena Johnson left in April, they’ve told their coworkers that the transition will be a group effort. Everyone now has side jobs to do in addition to running calls, he said.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    Scraps-to-Soil suggests 25-year contract

    Scraps-to-Soil, the nonprofit that operates the community garden in Idaho Springs, has asked the city for a 25-year contract.

    During a May 20 work session with the City Council, Scraps-to-Soil founder George Marlin said the initial 2011 contract was for five years, with two one-year extensions because there were concerns about the organization’s longevity and the Colorado Boulevard construction project.

  • Police Blotter: May 13-26

    Monday, May 13 — Georgetown police investigated a criminal mischief incident involving graffiti on the Georgetown Community School playground. The incident is still under investigation. No suspects had yet been identified.

    Tuesday, May 14 — The Sheriff’s Office received a theft call from the 900 block of Beaver Creek Canyon Road after the reporting party said a package had been stolen.

  • 1874 School Day celebrates Heritage Center’s history

    Georgetown’s Heritage Center may be an old school, but for a few hours on Saturday, the center went really old school — all the way back to 1874.

    There were lessons written out on blackboards, students using dip pens, and youngsters playing hopscotch and hoops outside in dresses and bonnets.

    On Saturday, multiple organizations hosted the inaugural 1874 School Day as a way of honoring the former schoolhouse and to celebrate arts, culture and history, said Elysia Smith of the Georgetown Heritage Center & Cultural Arts Program.

  • Idaho Springs’ managed parking resumes with changes

    Idaho Springs’ managed parking in and around the historic district will resume Friday and will include changes the City Council announced during a work session earlier this week.

    According to the city and Interstate Parking Co. of Colorado, which is operating the parking plan, the changes are:

    • County residents will be able to register vehicles to park in the city parking lots for free;

    • Coin mechanisms will be installed in select parking kiosks throughout the area;

    • Paid parking will end at 7 p.m.;

  • School board looking to appoint new member from District A

    The Clear Creek school board is looking for a person from the Dumont area to fill a position on the board after board member Joe O’Leary abruptly resigned last week.

    The person selected to the position would serve until the November election, at which time that person can choose whether to run for the position.

    O’Leary couldn’t be reached for comment about the reason for his resignation, and his letter to the district didn’t provide any information.

  • Meeting set to discuss Digger Field development

    Idaho Springs city officials will conduct a community meeting on June 12 to discuss potential development for Golddigger Field, the bus barn and the district office now that the Clear Creek school board has entered into a contract to sell the properties.

    The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Carlson Elementary School, 1300 Colorado Blvd.

  • City suspends parking plan amid public backlash

    The city of Idaho Springs announced last week that the managed parking plan would be suspended until a June 3 work session.

    The city made the decision after a May 28 City Council at which residents complained about the system, which went into effect May 15. They said the parking system is driving away business, making it inconvenient for people to go to church or visit relatives, and making it difficult for handicapped people to access businesses on Miner Street.

  • Commissioners indefinitely delay decision on DLD’s Greenway alignment

    Clear Creek’s three commissioners were unable to agree on an alignment for the Clear Creek Greenway through the Dumont-Lawson-Downieville area, so they decided on May 28 that they wouldn’t make a decision until funding for that segment of the Greenway has been secured.

    After receiving an update from staff and comments from the public, Commissioner Sean Wood said he favored the northern alignment along County Road 308 because of potential economic benefit to the neighboring businesses and to improve a corridor that’s already in use.