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Today's News

  • St. Mary’s residents enjoy hosting visitors at annual GlacierFest

    If GlacierFest were a house party, then the full-time and part-time residents of Alice and St. Mary’s would be the hosts. And even with Saturday’s continual rain, their spirit of hospitality didn’t diminish.

    “It’s for the whole county — not necessarily for us (locals),” organizer Alicia Walsh said. “… This is to bring the community together to have a nice day out.”

  • Half marathon brings about new traditions

    IDAHO SPRINGS — For the past 41 years, the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon has served a community not only by providing exhaustive fun but financially as well.

    The race, which starts at Georgetown Lake, circles Georgetown and follows the I-70 frontage road down to the rec center in Idaho Springs. On Saturday morning, 1,400 people — 250 more than last year —participated in the competition.

  • New trails to open at Floyd Hill

    With one trail opening next week and four trail segments opening next month, there will be more opportunities for hiking and biking at Floyd Hill Open Space this fall.

    According to county officials, Segment 4, which is the downhill bike-only trail, should be completed this week and have an official ribbon cutting on Aug. 21. Segments 8-11, which complete two loops on the back side of the park, are scheduled to be finished in September, weather permitting.

  • Clear Creek’s new superintendent plans for school year

    Karen Quanbeck, Clear Creek School District’s new superintendent, has been called “a powerhouse of positive contagious energy.”

    That’s what school board president Mitch Houston said a teacher called Quanbeck, who began her job on July 1. Others at Clear Creek High School echoed the sentiment.

    “I already love her energy,” said CCHS principal Elizabeth Gardner, “quipping, “She talks with her hands like me.”

  • County to update recreation map to discourage OHV use

    If many popular off-highway vehicle routes are along county roads, as Clear Creek staff members believe, then OHV use is illegal.

    County GIS Director Matt Taylor said that recent research found that the county has claimed at least sections of Jones Pass, Rainbow, Ute Creek, Saxon Mountain and Cascade Creek roads, among others, since the 1950s.

    According to County Attorney Robert Loeffler, OHV use on county roads is illegal by state law.

  • Murder case bound over to district court

    The criminal case against a 67-year-old man accused of killing his infirmed older sister has been bound over to district court.

    Alan Head was arrested July 27 at his home near the 1500 block of Highway 103 in connection with killing his 74-year-old sister Mary Jo Head. She was found dead of a gunshot wound.

  • Cremated human remains found near dumpster in Georgetown

    Cremated human remains were found behind the Georgetown Visitors Center dumpster earlier this week, but the Georgetown Police Department has stated that it's not investigating any criminal activity at this time.

    According to Sgt. Jon Gaskins, officers responded to the call at around 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Visitors Center, located in the 1400 block of Argentine Street.

  • County Briefs

    County receives $1 million grant for new health clinic

    Clear Creek has received a $1 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to help build the forthcoming collaborative health care clinic, which will be on the former lumberyard lot off Idaho Springs’ Miner Street.

    This grant and other DOLA grants means Clear Creek is more than halfway toward its overall fundraising goal, the county stated in a press release.

    Building the clinic is expected to cost about $6 million.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 29-Aug. 4

    • Monday, July 29 — Idaho Springs officers reportedly observed a pickup fail to stop at the metered stoplight on the eastbound Interstate 70 on-ramp at mile marker 241. During the traffic stop, officers found the driver was driving on a suspended license and had a felony warrant for dangerous drugs, assault and escape out of Kansas. Kansas wouldn’t extradite from Colorado, and the man was issued a summons to court.

  • First Friday events fundraise for Hamill House

    All summer, there has been a temporal anomaly around Georgetown’s Hamill House on the first Friday of each month.

    In June, the property suddenly reverted to its mining era roots; in July, to the early 20th century; and last Friday, to a 1960s beach party.

    Historic Georgetown Inc. has hosted all of the First Friday events as a way to create interest among locals and fundraise, organizers explained.

    About 50 people attended Friday’s beach party, which featured a costume contest, dance contest and silent auction.