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Today's News

  • Abrahamson hopes to make her mark in college hoops

    Mere months after Lillie Abrahamson cut down the net at Clear Creek High School, she repeated the feat again; this time, she did it with her college team.

    On Feb. 23 in the Northwest Conference championship, George Fox University’s Division-III women’s basketball team defeated Whitman 66-52 to claim the conference crown. Through all the highs and the seldom lows — the Bruins finished 25-4 — the 2018 CCHS graduate helped her team behind the scenes to aid in their success.

  • Archaeological survey documents the history of Russell Gulch Cemetery

    The archaeological survey at Russell Gulch Cemetery this past weekend wasn’t the type of thing seen in the “Indiana Jones” movies, but it was meaningful archaeological work all the same.

    On Saturday, about 20 professionals, college students and local residents volunteered their time to document and inventory all the marked and unmarked graves at the cemetery, which is about four miles north of Idaho Springs.

  • JCMH introduces program to help local veterans, military families

    When veterans and their families are looking for professional mental health resources, it’s a great benefit to be able to talk to a fellow veteran.

    That’s the principle behind Jefferson Center for Mental Health’s program, which serves veterans, active military and their families, that was recently introduced at its Idaho Springs location.

  • DA files charges against man accused of killing his sister

    First-degree murder and assault charges have been filed against the 67-year-old man accused of killing his infirmed older sister last month.

    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.

  • Idaho Springs preps for second phase of water treatment plant expansion

    Idaho Springs began the first part of its water resource reclamation facility expansion on April 30, and now the city’s gearing up for the second phase.

    On July 29, the city hosted a community meeting for its second project where consultants explained that the expansion will have little to no environmental impact on the surrounding area. Rather, most of the second project’s footprint will remain within the facility’s boundaries.

  • Idaho Springs council approves moving forward with service districts

    The Idaho Springs City Council, after dozens of questions and concerns from city residents, on July 29 approved the service plan for two proposed metropolitan districts that would serve the proposed Soda Creek Highlands residential development above Pine Slope Road.

    The council approved it on the condition that the proposed districts’ boundaries in the service plan only includes the lot owned by the Soda Creek Highlands Development Co. LLC, as there were questions from neighboring residents about whether those boundaries were accurate.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 22-28

    • Monday, July 22 — Idaho Springs officers discovered a reported stolen pickup truck out of California parked illegally. The owner was contacted, and the truck was towed to be held for safe keeping. A person of interest was identified, and officers are following up.

    • Monday, July 22 — The Sheriff’s Office received a suspicious-activity call in the 1000 block of Mountain Street in Silver Plume. A couple was walking in the road.

  • 71-year-old veteran walking across the country passes through Clear Creek

    It was for the two veterans who commit suicide every hour.

    It was for the hundreds of veterans who are homeless, for those who struggle with finances and health care needs, and for those who feel underrepresented in Congress.

    That’s what led William Shuttleworth, with only two sets of clothes, a sleeping bag and a few sundries in his backpack, to leave his Massachusetts home on May 15 to walk across the country.

  • Hundreds come out for Mount Evans Hill Climb

    By Alexandra Purcell
    For the Courant

    IDAHO SPRINGS — Hundreds of bicyclists flooded downtown at sunup on Saturday with one goal in mind: To summit one of the state’s most beautiful peaks, Mount Evans.

    The Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb is an annual race, organized by Team Evergreen Cycling.

    It’s held on the highest paved road in North America, Colorado 5. This year was the 54th running, and close to 700 cyclists took the challenge despite the threat of rain.

  • Elk Creek Fire works as ‘one big family’

    For many, saving someone else can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For the Elk Creek Fire Protection District in Conifer, it’s just part of the job.

    Sometimes, the paramedics, EMTs and firefighters in the department even defy nature’s course.

    “We got called to a cardiac arrest and we did CPR, all of that,” Lt. Vincent Van Binsbergen said. “We gave him all the paramedic drugs, and we actually brought the individual back, and he was actually talking to us on the way to the hospital.