Today's News

  • ‘Upcycling’ is on the rise

    In what is undoubtedly a match made in heaven, Tommyknocker Brewery and Morning Gold Bakery have joined forces to create a beer doughnut.
    That’s right: a beer doughnut.
    The Idaho Springs businesses are using the spent grains from the brewing of Tommyknocker beer — and some of the beer itself — to create a hearty, sweet and substantial doughnut.
    For lack of a catchier moniker, it’s called the Tommyknocker beer doughnut.

  • Legislators racing to the finish line

    They’re rounding the final turn and headed for the home stretch as your 69th Colorado General Assembly begins to wrap things up. Because of the limits in our constitution, the legislature must adjourn by May 7, just five weeks from today.

    The House passed the 2014-15 state budget last week, and the Senate will complete its version by Friday. They should be able to resolve any differences by next week, and we’ll be in the mad dash to the finish line.

  • The bell tolls for our democracy

    “Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  

    — John Donne, Meditation 17, “No Man Is an Island”

  • Four incumbents, three newcomers elected to Empire Board of Trustees

    Old and new faces are joining Empire’s Board of Trustees after the town’s April 1 election.

    Mayor Wendy Koch, running unopposed, was re-elected, as were incumbents Brian Gilbert, Tim Davis and Bernie Hubner. The board will be joined by newcomers Cha Fontana, Rick Koetz and Marc Reagon.

    Michael Spies was the only incumbent who didn’t win his bid for re-election, while Trustees Rob Morris and Kevin Reis did not seek re-election.

  • Silver Plume to swear in trustees

    The new Silver Plume trustees and mayor will be sworn in April 14, after 40 percent of the town’s registered voters cast ballots on April 1.

    Voters elected six new board members — Brady Becker, Rick Caldwell, Claudia Cupp, Christian Frey, Michael Frey and Sarah Walen — and a new mayor, Lee Berenato. Berenato ran unopposed and replaces Fred Lyssy, who has been mayor since 2010. All will serve two-year terms.

    Seven trustee candidates were on the ballot, and Shawn Frey received the lowest number of votes, 30, and was not elected.

  • Longtime Deputy Albers aims for top law office

    If elected Clear Creek County sheriff, longtime Deputy Rick Albers wants to institute more community policing and to shore up the department’s budget.

    Albers, recently nominated by the Democratic Party, is the only candidate on the ballot so far for sheriff, County Clerk Pam Phipps said. Current Sheriff Don Krueger is not running for a sixth term, and local Republicans didn’t nominate a candidate.

  • Officials trying to bolster county’s broadband

    Clear Creek officials are looking for ways to improve Internet service for residents and make the county a more attractive place for new businesses.

    The county recently conducted a survey that found 80 percent of residents have only one option for broadband, and 40 percent experienced outages and were dissatisfied with their service.

    Commissioners also were concerned about the high cost of Internet service; 30 percent of survey respondents said they pay more than $50 per month.

  • Roundabouts on Idaho Springs’ east side in final design stage

    Plans for two roundabouts on the east end of Idaho Springs are in the final design stage as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s plans for a peak-period shoulder lane on Interstate 70 — despite residents’ skepticism that the peak lanes won’t work.

  • Search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • A morning jolt of jazz

    The foyer of Clear Creek Middle/High School was rockin’ with live jazz Monday morning as the high school’s arts classes kicked off the annual Arts Week.

    Three teachers and a handful of students performed starting at 7:45 a.m., with two dozen students and teachers stopping to listen and applaud appreciatively.

    “I love it when they do this,” school secretary Terry Bennett said as she listened to the music from her desk in the office. “It puts a great spin on the day.”