Today's News

  • Idaho Springs finishes Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project

    Changes to Idaho Springs’ Colorado Boulevard have been gradual.

    But for those who need a refresher, they need only to visit Google Maps’ street view to remember what the street’s east end used to look like.

    The sidewalks were fewer, sometimes ending without rhyme or reason, and pedestrian crossings were even rarer. The interchange with Miner Street was completely different, and Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park was seemingly smaller.

  • Alpine Rescue Team hosts third annual safety fair

    There’s always the possibility that something bad could happen for those who hike, bike, ski, climb, snowshoe and drive in the mountains, be it injuries, avalanches, animal attacks, storms, becoming lost, falls and so on.

    But, if and when something does happen, are locals prepared?

    The Alpine Rescue Team hopes so now, thanks to this weekend’s third annual Alpine Safety Fair.

  • CCMS Spanish teacher takes a spin on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

    This week is pretty special for Clear Creek Middle School Spanish teacher Nicole Burris: She will be on “Wheel of Fortune” on Friday morning.

    The show that she taped in August finally will air — though at 2:30 a.m. Friday rather than Thursday night thanks to Thursday Night Football.

    She says she probably won’t stay up to watch it at that early hour — after all, she has students to teach on Friday — but she hopes to record it and watch it with students and staff at the school at 7:30 Friday morning.

  • ‘Santa’ joins the race for commissioner

    Idaho Springs-area resident William Lee is running for the Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners as an unaffiliated candidate.

    Lee recently announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat, currently held by term-limited Commissioner Tim Mauck, in the November election. District 1 consists of Idaho Springs and the center of the county, but voters countywide elect commissioners from each district. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

  • County cancels ballot question

    Clear Creek County, at the request of the Clear Creek Broadband group, has canceled a ballot question related to financing a proposed local improvement district in East Clear Creek for broadband improvements.

    At its Sept. 18 meeting, the county commissioners passed a resolution canceling the ballot question. The Oct. 2 hearing on the proposed LID has also been canceled.

  • County Briefs: news from Clear Creek government

    Closures implemented on Guanella Pass

    At the Board of County Commissioners’ Sept. 18 meeting, Sheriff Rick Albers said his office has been working with Road & Bridge to implement closures as Xcel Energy hauls equipment to its Cabin Creek station on Guanella Pass.

    Albers said the hauls were happening on short notice, but he had been working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to have it posted on interactive signs along Interstate 70 and the CDOT website.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Sept. 10-16

    • Monday, Sept. 10 — Clear Creek Dispatch took a report of someone trespassing on Fire Tower Trail. The call was passed on to the U.S. Forest Service.

    • Monday, Sept. 10 — Authorities responded to a report of suspicious activity at a campsite in the 7700 block of U.S. Highway 40. A person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

  • Themed fundraiser for local scholarships an offer guests can’t refuse

    Even after spending an evening with dangerous crime bosses, guests of the Mobster Lobsterfest weren’t sleeping with the fishes. Instead, they were eating them.

    On Saturday, Clear Creek Rotary 2000 hosted 170 people during its mobster-themed fundraiser at Rocky Mountain Village.

    Guests had a chance to tour Georgetown Cemetery, learning local lore from character-actors, and then went on to wine and dine on lobster and other seafood.

    The event featured a live auction, photo booth and music by “Swing Shift.”

  • Locals mark 9/11 anniversary with silent parade, ceremony

    A stream of firetrucks, police cars, ambulances and other emergency vehicles drove steadily down Miner Street. People lined the sidewalks — some of them, with their hands over their hearts — looking on.

    No cheers. No sirens. No celebration.

    From the front of the line came the song of a single bagpipe; but otherwise, the only sound was the steadily churning engines.

    Last Tuesday, Idaho Springs and the Clear Creek community marked the 17th anniversary of 9/11 with a silent parade from the recreation center to Citizens Park.

  • Clear Creek football getting help from afar

    For the past few years, Clear Creek football has succeeded without a consistent kicker. Not anymore.

    A few months back, 16-year-old Bavaria native Nino Lutz came to Colorado as an exchange student at the high school, and he had one specific goal in mind.

    “Actually, I thought when I got to America, I have to try American football because it’s very popular,” Lutz said. “I thought it’s going to be fun, and that’s true. It’s fun.”