Today's News

  • Silver Plume residents dish out town insights at annual social

    Silver Plume — known for its mining heritage, melodramas and ice cream.

    On July 4, the sleepy little town saw an influx of visitors from Georgetown and beyond as residents hosted the annual Silver Plume Ice Cream Social to celebrate Independence Day.

    Even though the social started in 1976, its roots go back even further.

    “The fraternal organizations in the mining days would’ve done things like this,” said Cindy Condon, a 34-year resident and ice cream social organizer.

  • Disagreement ensues over use of rodeo grounds

    Members of the Clear Creek Fairgrounds Rodeo Association criticized county commissioners on July 3 over asking the organization to vacate the rodeo grounds even though the county doesn’t have firm plans for the property.

    The rodeo association recently received a letter from the county’s attorney asking the organization to remove the fences, seating, box office, rails and more at the Kiefer Memorial Rodeo Arena on the south side of Interstate 70 in Dumont by Aug. 15.

  • Commissioners, Gardner rep discuss Forest Service, firefighting issues

    The lack of Forest Service resources in the Clear Creek Ranger District and firefighting issues dominated the conversation July 3 when county commissioners met with a representative of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

    Commissioners shared their concern over recent federal Forest Service cuts with Steven Emmen, a new regional director for Gardner, R-Colo.

  • Clear Creek upgrades to Stage 2 fire ban

    Clear Creek County upgraded its fire restriction to a Stage 2 fire ban on July 3.

    One of the major changes between a Stage 1 and Stage 2 ban, according to the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, is that fires aren’t allowed in designated camping areas.

    Stage 2 restrictions also include:

    · No recreational shooting.

    · No fireworks, including sparklers.

    · No using charcoal or wood barbecue grills.

    In addition, Sheriff Rick Albers has prohibited recreational shooting in the county.

  • Volunteers to help manage invasive species on Mount Evans

    The Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses received about $10,000 in grant funding to complete an inventory of invasive species around Mount Evans.

    The nonprofit received the funding from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and has used it to hire an intern to complete a 10-week study of invasive species in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

  • Polis taps former state legislator Primavera as running mate

    Congressman Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee for Colorado governor, has selected former state legislator and cancer foundation executive Dianne Primavera as his lieutenant governor running mate.

    Announced last Monday, Polis’ selection of Primavera — recently the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado, the local branch of the largest breast cancer organization in the United States — reiterates Polis’ campaign promise to prioritize health care in Colorado as the race to the general election intensifies.

  • Having a Gouda time

    Feeling bleu? There’s nothing a good feta can’t cure.

    Really, the only thing better than cheese is more cheese, and the newly opened Rocky Mountain Cheese Co. has that in spades.

    Located at 1428 Miner St. in Idaho Springs and connected to Two Brothers Deli, the shop, which is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., has more than 50 varieties of cheese.

    “For the love of cheese, that is the main reason we did it,” said co-owner Daron Stiles.

  • El Rancho shooting suspect scheduled for August arraignment

    An Alice man suspected of shooting someone in the El Rancho area in March waived his preliminary hearing, and he is scheduled for an arraignment at 1 p.m. Aug. 13 to enter a plea.

    Matthew Gaten, 31, was arrested March 22 after he allegedly shot an Evergreen man in the 29000 block of Hotel Way. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and four other counts. He’s also been charged with a bias-motivated crime for using a racial slur.

  • Education Briefs

    Potential developer of former middle school

    looking for more land

    The company looking at purchasing the Clear Creek School District office on Highway 103 in Idaho Springs is asking the district and city officials for help.

    The company, lane3co LLC, wants to build residences and a hotel on the 12-acre property, but the property is too small for its business model to work, according to school board president Mitch Houston.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 25-July 1

    • Monday, June 25 — An Idaho Springs officer stopped a pickup truck in the 1100 block of Idaho Street for an equipment violation. The driver, who reportedly had a revoked license, allegedly fled the scene in the pickup and led police on a short pursuit. The driver then reportedly ran on foot and is still at large. A warrant has been issued for the person’s arrest.

    • Tuesday, June 26 — A deputy took a report of shots fired near the intersection of Mill Creek Road and Picture Mountain Way.