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Today's News

  • Construction starts on westbound I-70 express lane

    Once it’s complete in the spring of 2021, the Westbound Interstate 70 Mountain Express Lane will give Clear Creek residents and visitors their time back.

    At least, that’s the hope that government officials, including County Commissioner Randy Wheelock, expressed at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning in downtown Idaho Springs.

    “(This project) gives us back our time and our money,” Wheelock said.

  • Tri-captains innovating ‘small but mighty’ Clear Creek EMS

    Third in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Instead of one boss, Clear Creek EMS has three.

    After their chief paramedic left earlier this year, Capts. Bryon Monseu, Dustin Proffitt and Ed Smith took over leadership of Clear Creek EMS. But, instead of seeing it only as an additional responsibility, the three are using it as a time for innovation.

  • Managed parking turning over spots, bringing in bucks

    In its first 47 days in operation, Idaho Springs’ managed parking system is turning over parking spots five times a day on Miner Street, and has netted more than $54,000 in revenue, which is split 50-50 between the city and Interstate Parking Co. of Colorado.

    Interstate Parking General Manager Jessica Hindmarch told City Council members during a July 8 work session that five turns of the Miner Street parking spaces is equivalent to 550 parking spots. Over time, Interstate Parking believes it can reach as many as eight turns in a day.

  • Double Bypass bike ride attracts athletes near and far in a 75-mile climb from Georgetown to Avon

    GEORGETOWN — It was a bright and early morning for local cyclists on Saturday but not quite as early as it could have been.

    As local riders geared up near Georgetown Lake for the Double Bypass — a mountainous bike ride to Avon —at 8 a.m., they were grateful they didn’t have to start their day at 6 a.m. in nearby Evergreen for the Triple Bypass.

    Evergreen resident Ginna Rieple was no stranger to either ride. This year, the Rieples made the event a family affair.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Gateway project is underway

    The Gateway construction project along Argentine Street between Seventh and 11th streets began Friday, Georgetown staff confirmed.

    Last week, crews were doing pothole and milling work.

    According to Town Administrator Kent Brown, there should be few traffic disruptions for the first two weeks of construction. When there are, the town will let the public know about them.

    The bulk of the project is expected to be done by Sept. 1, Brown said.

    Town to update traffic code

  • News Briefs

    Transfer station changes hours

    Clear Creek County’s transfer station and recycling center has new hours, which took effect on Thursday.

    The center, at 1531 Soda Creek Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Until further notice, it will be closed Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays because of employee staffing.

    For additional information, call Transfer Station Facility Manager Bob Tiedemann at 303-679-2482.

    Cause determined for Red Elephant Hill fire

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 1-7

    • Monday, July 1 — Idaho Springs officers assisted Colorado State Patrol with a suspicious-vehicle call on Floyd Hill. Officers contacted the driver, who was parked on the shoulder with his windshield wipers on even though it was sunny. As officers talked to the man, he reportedly kept falling asleep, hardly coherent. After a voluntary roadside test, the driver was taken into custody and charged with DUI.

  • Georgetown’s July 4 parade an old-fashioned celebration

    Sixty-eight years ago, Bob Hurrell spent the Fourth of July serving in the Korean War.

    Last week, he spent part of his holiday playing with the Jeffco Brass Ensemble in Georgetown’s annual Fourth of July parade, just as he has every year for the past 20 years.

    “It’s the greatest thing in the world,” Hurrell, an Army and Air Force veteran, said of the holiday. “You don’t know what this day means until you’ve spent it out of the country.”

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue prepared to serve the community

    Second in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    It takes a village for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to provide the emergency services needed in the Evergreen area.

    The 87 volunteer firefighters, 25 paid staff and the 16 recruits in training to become firefighters — plus the seven members of the Turnouts auxiliary — all make the fire department run smoothly 24/7. EFR is considered one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the state.

  • Locals and visitors partake in the 4th of July 5K run in Georgetown

    GEORGETOWN — The Fourth of July is about patriotism, family and community, and the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown perfectly embodies those qualities as residents and visitors alike come out to race by historical homes and around the lake.

    Last Thursday, a local and a visitor each won their respective races.

    Aspen Taylor, 7, rang in the new 1K race with a first-place time of 15:38. In her native Texas, she’s participated in similar races. She and her family were in town for the holiday.