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Today's News

  • GCS, King-Murphy students make discoveries at annual science fairs

    On Feb. 5, first-grader Ashlyn Gonzales-Jeffers came to school with painted fingernails — not only because it looked pretty, but because it was part of her scientific experiment.

    Ashlyn shared her findings on which brand and type of nail polish lasts the longest during Georgetown Community School’s annual science fair, which had about 45 entries from first- through sixth-graders, as well as a group project from the school’s kindergartners.

  • CCHS class prepares students for post-graduation life

    There’s a class at Clear Creek High School that helps ease the unease of what life will be like after high school.

    Teacher Daniel Winkler says his goal is to open the world up to the students in his Life Beyond High School class.

    “The class focuses on the skill sets that are necessary for students after graduating,” he explained. “It’s career planning, daily abilities such as budgets and financial awareness, and how to navigate the future world.”

  • For Murphys, basketball is all about family

    When it comes to girls basketball at Clear Creek, the hardwood doesn’t just present an athletic opportunity — it’s a family affair.

    This year, as Shadow Murphy has moved into the head coaching position from assistant the last three years, her daughters — junior Paige and freshman Loralei — have finally reached the age, so they are all in the same program.

    The opportunity has been a long time coming for Shadow as a mother.

  • BizBeat: Echo Mountain’s tubing hill sees successful opening weeks

    Say goodbye to ol’ Rosebud because inner tubes are the new way to move down snowy hillsides.

    Squaw Pass Road’s Echo Mountain Lodge is now giving both locals and visitors alike a new way to shred powder on its tubing hill, which opened Jan. 30.

    In its first two weeks, tubing received a lot of interest among both group bookings and private-event bookings, and dozens of guests have slid down the hill already, Guest Services Manager Paula Vogel said.

  • Commissioners approve permit for westbound express lane

    After working out details for air-quality monitoring during construction and periodically afterward, the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the Colorado Department’s 1041 permit for the westbound peak-period shoulder lane.

    During a Jan. 22 hearing for the permit, which allows local governments to place some regulations on state projects, county staff proposed at least 10 conditions as part of the permit’s approval. CDOT agreed to most of the conditions without issue.

  • Behavioral health model suggested for clinic

    Once the new collaborative care clinic in Idaho Springs opens, physicians will be on-hand to help patients with their physical health.

    But, what about patients who need help with their mental or behavioral health?

    During a Feb. 5 work session with the county commissioners, Centura Health Physician Group representatives pitched an integrated behavioral health model for the new clinic, saying it would provide patients with holistic care and take certain duties off physicians’ plates.

  • Arraignment continued for Dumont kidnapping suspect

    A Dumont man who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted his girlfriend has had his arraignment continued to 9 a.m. March 20.

    Alex Lee Frogey Sparrow, 31, has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault, second-degree assault, menacing and false imprisonment. His bond was set at $500,000.

    During his Feb. 4 arraignment appearance, the defense requested a continuance, which was granted. A disposition hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday at 11 a.m.

  • No one injured in house fire near Old Squaw Pass Road

    Investigators have yet to determine the cause of a structure fire Friday morning near the intersection of Highway 103 and Old Squaw Pass Road.

    The fire burned a resident’s outbuilding, adjacent to a house, Evergreen Fire/Rescue spokeswoman Stacee Martin said. The workshop was mainly lost, but the garage was saved and the owner was able to get out safely. As of Monday afternoon, investigators had ruled out a chimney fire and were looking to see whether the cause was accidental, she said.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Jan. 28-Feb. 3

    • Monday, Jan. 28 — Idaho Springs officers arrested one person on suspicion of harassment, domestic violence, false reporting and obstruction after a reported assault on the east end of town. A second person was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Jeffco for failure to appear in court.

    • Monday, Jan. 28 — Deputies responded to a disturbance on Herman Gulch Road. A person’s vehicle was stuck, and they were getting dehydrated. The Colorado Department of Transportation assisted with a tow.

  • Carlson students explore a bevy of ideas at science fair

    The Carlson Elementary gym on Thursday became an intersection of the World’s Fair and a TED Talk as youngsters explained what they learned with their peers and teachers at the annual science fair.

    Rows of tables were filled with plants that had been watered with an array of liquids, foods that had some degree of mold growing on them, and other props to help the young scientists explain their findings.