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Today's News

  • Library district adding Little Free Libraries throughout county

    Pretty soon Clear Creek residents and visitors will have access to free books atop a 12,000-foot mountain, at the gym and at local coffee shops.

    Clear Creek County Library District is teaming up with local businesses to install Little Free Libraries around the county, including at Loveland Ski Area and the Clear Creek Recreation Center.

    Little Free Libraries, which is a worldwide program, are book-exchange locations where anyone is welcome to contribute or take books without a sign-out process.

  • Golddigger boys skiers show their strength on a tough Winter Park course

    WINTER PARK — The Clear Creek boys ski team knows how to stick together.

    On Friday at Winter Park Ski Resort, Avery Schell, Kellen Eno and Brandon Pennell finished 14th, 15th and 16th respectively in the slalom, good enough to qualify for state in the event.

  • Argo’s gondola could open this summer

    The Argo Mine and Mill is hoping to have its gondola open in the next eight to 14 months, giving locals an opportunity to see Idaho Springs from a new view.

    Mary Jane Loevlie, one of the Argo’s owners, told City Council members and staff that the company is planning to have its zoning application completed this spring, and its master planning and schematic design is already underway.

    The gondola and supporting development are estimated to cost $10.3 million to $11.3 million, Loevlie said at a Jan. 28 work session.

  • Georgetown’s new brewery, hotel applying for tax incentives

    The Georgetown staff is negotiating with representatives from the incoming brewery and hotel, which have applied to be the first businesses to use the town’s sales tax incentive program. The deal must be approved by the town’s Board of Selectmen.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's searching for Walmart shoplifting suspects

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men accused of hitting a Clear Creek Sheriff’s deputy with their truck while the deputy tried to arrest them for shoplifting at the Evergreen Walmart.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    Council approves new restrooms at CRC Park

    The Idaho Springs City Council, during its Jan. 28 meeting, unanimously approved purchasing and installing new restrooms at Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park.

    The restrooms will cost approximately $230,444, and it will take about six months for the building to arrive and become fully installed, city staff said.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said the city will pour the concrete foundation, and then the company brings in the pre-built restroom building and installs the unit on top of the foundation.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Jan. 21-27

    • Tuesday, Jan. 22 — Idaho Springs officers were dispatched to an east-side residence after a report of protection order violations. The suspect was taken into custody for violation of a court order.

    • Wednesday, Jan. 23 — Georgetown police responded to a harassment call in the 1100 block of Rose Street involving someone being harassed via cell phone. The incident is under investigation.

  • Drivers practice precision atop frozen Georgetown Lake

    Walking on ice is a fascinating experience — to hear it crack, to feel it shift, and to see all the little bubbles, air pockets and divisions within its layers, Stephen Thompson of Castle Rock described.

    Arguably even more fascinating than walking on ice is driving on it.

    “When you get on ice, it’s something totally different,” Thompson said of ice-driving. “I learn every time I go out there. … It’s a unique experience, and it’s gorgeous at Georgetown Lake.”

  • Wickham, Hillman finding their way for Diggers

    EVERGREEN — As Deyon Wickham sees it, it was a mindset. The Clear Creek High School senior dropped down to 220 pounds this year from the heavyweight ranks because, as head wrestling coach Stan Gould said, “He thought he’d do a little bit better there.”

    Offseason training helped Wickham come into the season a little lighter. He lost the extra weight to get to 220 and be a lot more competitive. He proved as such Jan. 23 in the Golddiggers’ home double dual with Battle Mountain and Byers.

  • County, CDOT to negotiate air-quality monitoring as part of express lane

    Clear Creek commissioners want to ensure that the Colorado Department of Transportation incorporates air-quality monitoring in the requirements for constructing the westbound peak-period shoulder lane.

    So they decided to finish a hearing on a required 1041 permit application until Feb. 5 to allow time for county staff and CDOT to work out a solution. A 1041 permit allows local governments to place some regulations on state projects such as the shoulder lane.