Today's News

  • King-Murphy kindergartners see world from inside-out

    King-Murphy’s kindergartners sat on Antarctica, flew to all of the continents and learned about some of the planet’s physical features on Thursday.

    The children in Paulyne Fisher’s class sat inside a massive globe balloon brought to the school by the Denver Children’s Museum. They learned about animals and music of various areas of the world.

  • Friends remember Empire man killed by avalanche on Jones Pass

    Hans Berg, the Empire man who died in Thursday’s avalanche on Jones Pass, was more than a skier and photographer. He was an engaging and exuberant Clear Creek resident who had a great vision and love for the outdoors.

    “He had a huge passion for life,” friend and fellow Empire resident Margi Kaspari said. “He grabbed it with both hands and went for it. It’s a huge loss for Empire.”

  • Idaho Springs working with CDOT to address parking on Highway 103

    The Colorado Department of Transportation is surveying the rights-of-way along Highway 103 within Idaho Springs’ city limits, so the city can figure out whether and how to limit parking there.

    During a March 4 City Council work session, Police Chief Chris Malanka said his department has been dealing with parking issues along Highway 103 since he came on board three years ago.

    Enforcement has been difficult because officers didn’t know whether someone was parking in CDOT right-of-way or on private property, he said.

  • Residents weigh in on Digger Field, bus barn decision

    Area residents on both sides of the debate on whether to keep or sell Golddigger Field expressed their views at a community meeting Thursday.

    Comments ranged from former football coach Lyn Darrell, who stressed that the school board was forgetting about tradition, the area’s history and what’s important by considering selling the property, to longtime resident Mary Jane Loevlie, who said it was time to sell the properties, and in doing so, thinking about the greater good for the community in the next 50 years.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Feb. 26-March 3
    • Monday, Feb. 25 — Idaho Springs officers were notified of suspicious activity on the east side of town. Officers found a man who reportedly had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the county jail.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 26 — The Sheriff’s Office took a report of suspicious activity along Lamartine Road after a couple reported that they gave a man bread and cookies, and then gave him a ride. They called to report that he seemed strange.
  • Empire man dies after being buried in avalanche

    An Empire man died after being buried in an avalanche Thursday afternoon on Jones Pass, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office has confirmed.

    Hans Berg, 48, was working as a photographer for the backcountry skiing company Powder Addiction, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling confirmed. He was in an area called Shipwreck and Dragon's Field at the time of the avalanche.

    Around 1:53 p.m. Thursday, a group of about 14 Powder Addiction employees and guests heard the avalanche, and knew it was in the area where Berg had been.

  • Georgetown library starts after-school Spanish program

    ¿Puedes leer esta oración?

    Si no, busque para señora Maria en la biblioteca de Georgetown. Ella puede ayudarte, igual que ella está ayudando a estudiantes locales.

    For the past two Thursdays, library assistant Maria Lokey has been teaching local students Spanish as part of John Tomay Memorial Library’s new Niños Learning Español program. It started Feb. 21 with 13 students participating.

  • BizBeat: New Clear Creek Cidery offers ‘something for everybody’

    While Clear Creek has a few breweries for beer fans to enjoy, now there’s something local for the cider-lovers as well.

    But even if people don’t like cider, Idaho Springs’ new Clear Creek Cidery Tavern & Taps has local beers, unique appetizers and savory entrees to choose from as well, co-owners Evan Lombardi of Denver and Idaho Springs’ Greg Dalrymple said.

    “There’s something for everybody,” Dalrymple said.

  • I-70 reopened after avalanche mitigation, adverse conditions

    I-70 was reopened shortly after 12:30 p.m., Thursday afternoon between Empire Junction (mile marker 232) and Silverthorne (mile marker 205) following CDOT-planned mitigation work near Eisenhower Tunnel and adverse conditions that impacted the area earlier.

    Colorado State Patrol first announced a Thursday morning closure on Twitter at 9:40 a.m.

  • I-70 open following avalanche mitigation

    Both sides of Interstate 70 in Clear Creek and Summit counties are now open following hours of avalanche mitigation on Tuesday.

    Although the road closure and mitigation work were planned, Colorado Department of Transportation officials said more snow covered the interstate than originally expected. Approximately 8 feet of snow spread across the eastbound side of I-70 with an additional 15 feet on the westbound side.