Today's News

  • Visionaries create change

    Deniers can have their say, but scientific and technological advances never stop. Human progress in the full array of fields is inevitable.
    Progressive thinkers by nature push forward into unexplored terrain, while conservative-minded serve as our mothers, warning us before venturing forth to pull on our galoshes, wear clean underwear and look both ways before crossing.
    John Haas, my most-admired professor, was a visionary. He encouraged his students to think outside the box, not to be constricted by or restricted to the ways of before.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from March 26-April 1

    · Monday, March 26 — A deputy and Clear Creek Fire responded to a report of smoke coming out of a dumpster in the 3700 block of Stanley Road. Nothing was located in the area.

    · Monday, March 26 — Clear Creek Fire received a call about a power line issue in the 300 block of County Road 314.

  • Beau Jo’s celebrates 45 years in Idaho Springs

    Beau Jo’s was a small and sparse pizza place in the Idaho Springs historic district. It had two employees, was less than 600 square feet and had seating for 15 to 18 people. That was in April 1973.

    Beau Jo’s has long left the alley location at 15th Avenue and Idaho Street.

    Now, with 120 people on staff, and — after almost 30 additions and remodels — it can seat and serve more than 600 people across its four Miner Street storefronts.

  • Long-time librarian retires from Idaho Springs library

    After spending more than 30 years working among the bookshelves, librarian Sally Angell will be embarking on a new adventure — retirement.

    Angell, who previously worked for Jeffco Library in Evergreen for 23 years, is retiring after eight years with the Clear Creek Library District, mainly at the Idaho Springs location.

    “I decided it was a good time, with all the new people coming in (to work for the district),” she said.

  • County approves spending to build trails

    Clear Creek County commissioners on April 3 unanimously approved $15,000 in spending to employ county teens to build trails this summer.

    The county, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. and TEENS, Inc. Youth Corps, a summertime work program for teens in a five-county area, are collaborating to build a new trail in the Floyd Hill Open Space.

  • CDOT realigning Clear Creek’s channel

    CDOT contractors are restoring a portion of Clear Creek almost 2 miles north of Georgetown to realign the river’s channel in anticipation of future westbound Interstate 70 expansion work.

    “This project proactively repairs a section of Clear Creek that is in need of restoration to improve how and where the stream flows,” said Paul Jesaitis, CDOT Region 1 transportation director, in a statement. “It also affords us the ability to mitigate any potential impacts future projects along the I-70 corridor may have.”

  • Clear Creek intent on attracting film industry

    Lights, camera, Clear Creek!

    The county may soon find itself courting Hollywood if Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. director Lindsey Valdez has anything to say about it.

    Valdez is working on several projects that could help bring the film industry into the county, which could ultimately help increase the area’s visibility.

    The nonprofit’s mission is to ensure job creation and retention in Clear Creek County in part by counseling businesses and giving out business loans.

  • Springs businesses receive improvement grants

    Idaho Springs officials awarded $17,150 to seven east-end businesses on April 9 to improve business exteriors, facades and signage.

    Mayor Mike Hillman, owner of Hilldaddy's Wildfire Restaurant, and council member Scott Pennell, owner of Mountain Moonshine Inc., both received $2,500. Hillman and Pennell recused themselves from the board’s vote.

    The following businesses were awarded $2,500: Bearadise Motel, 6 & 40 Motel and Igadi marijuana dispensary. Picci’s Pizzeria received $2,275 and the Idaho Springs Heritage Center received $2,375.

  • Trial begins in 2016 murder case

    The month-long trial of John Anthony Vasquez, the man accused of setting a mother of two on fire while the four were camping in Clear Creek County, began Thursday after four days of jury selection.

    During opening statements, the prosecution painted Vasquez as a person so angry at his girlfriend that he committed the “diabolical act,” while the defense pointed to information from the woman’s son, who originally said it was an accident.

  • Idaho Springs woman arrested in shooting

    An Idaho Springs woman was arrested in connection with the shooting of her boyfriend on April 7.

    Brandy Powell, 30, was arrested by the Idaho Springs Police Department after allegedly shooting the victim with a shotgun at their residence at 215 Colorado Blvd.

    Powell has been charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment. She is in county jail with bond set at $150,000. Her arraignment is scheduled for today.