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  • Stakeholders finalizing Virginia Canyon park's master plan

    With a lot of work and a little bit of luck, Idaho Springs hopes to start building or formalizing the first 3.5 miles of trails in Virginia Canyon Mountain Park by summer 2020.

    On May 13, the city presented the trail designs for Phase I and other information about the park at a community meeting. This was the final community meeting for the park’s master plan, which was discussed at a City Council work session on May 28 and likely will be finalized by early June.

  • Gondola opening pushed back

    While the Argo Mill had hoped to have its new gondola open by this summer, it likely won’t open until winter 2019 at the earliest.

    The gondola, which will start and end on Argo property but will run over City of Idaho Springs land, will help users access the new Virginia Canyon Mountain Park.

    According to City Planner Alan Tiefenbach, the gondola is part of a rezoning application for the park, which includes city land, Argo property and mining claims owned by Mary Jane Loevlie, one of the Argo’s owners.

  • School Board Briefs

    Decisions to be made in 2019-20 budget

    The Clear Creek school board is expected to approve its 2019-20 budget at its June 18 meeting, and it must decide what it can afford to improve pertaining to teacher and staff salaries.

    The board is considering three options, knowing that it can’t afford all of them:

    • Spending $67,000 to provide step increases to all employees who were working in the district in the 2016-17 school year. That year, the district froze salaries and didn’t provide pay increases.

  • GCS altering administration model

    Georgetown Community School plans to change its administration model to a school director with an educational coordinator after the person it selected to be its new principal decided not to take the position.

    “Pam Walker decided not to follow through with the contract,” said Amanda Cooper, GCS board treasurer. “We are in the process of developing what we feel will be a great leadership structure.”

  • Carlson students take pride in their kindness

    At first, kindergartner Elsa Johnstone thought the chain was infinitely long.

    But, after some re-evaluating, she then guessed that it was 20 feet. Her classmate Sawyer Koeberl guessed it was 100 feet long.

    In reality, the paper chain representing all the Random Acts of Kindness the students of Carlson Elementary had done throughout the school year was closer to 300 feet long.

  • Fernandez resentenced in Wohlers' murder case

    The man convicted of killing Colorado State Patrol Technician Lyle Wohlers in 1992 has been resentenced to 46 years in prison and 10 years parole.

    Marcus Fernandez, 41, was just 15 years old at the time of the murder. He was originally convicted in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison without parole by a Summit County jury after the case was removed from Clear Creek County because of pretrial publicity concerns.

    After a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that juveniles cannot be denied an opportunity for parole, Fernandez requested a shorter sentence.

  • Snowstorms delay Mount Evans opening

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has delayed the opening of Mount Evans Highway due to recent snowfall. The highway was scheduled to open this weekend.

    CDOT confirmed that maintenance crews will continue plowing Highway 5 with the goal of partially opening the highway to Summit Lake by May 29 weather permitting. The rest will open at some point afterward.

    The roadway to the summit of Mount Evans is usually opened by the Friday before Memorial Day.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from May 6-12

    • Monday, May 6 — After reportedly observing a vehicle fail to stop near Carlson Elementary School, an Idaho Springs officer found the driver’s license was revoked in relation to a previous DUI case. The driver was issued a mandatory appearance summons.

    • Monday, May 6 — Idaho Springs officers responded to a reported disturbance on the east end of the city. The initial report indicated that a person was pushed from a moving vehicle. A suspect was identified, arrested and charged with assault-family violence.

  • 4x4 rescue group, CCSO lieutenant honored for work in 2018

    Colorado 4x4 Rescue & Recovery was named the Citizen of the Year for 2018 during the Lyle Wohlers Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon on May 15.

    The organization, which was nominated by Clear Creek County Dispatch, has saved numerous people and vehicles in the county that were stuck where law enforcement agencies and tow companies couldn’t reach them, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling said during the awards ceremony at Blackstone Rivers Ranch.

  • School Board Briefs

    May 28 is date for superintendent interviews

    The Clear Creek school board hopes to interview two candidates for superintendent on May 28.

    Board president Mitch Houston said at Thursday’s school board work session that the district’s consultant has three strong candidates for the position, and the board was to have reviewed those candidates and narrowed the pool to two on May 21.