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Today's News

  • GPD continuing increased enforcement at lake over summer

    With summer weather comes fishers and recreationalists to Georgetown Lake; and with them often comes ordinance violations — open containers, cannabis and wildlife summonses.

    In recent summers, the Georgetown Police Department has been aggressively enforcing ordinance violations at the lake in an effort to cut down on social issues often seen there, such as public intoxication and polluting the lake shore with containers and drug paraphernalia.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from May 14-20

    · Monday, May 14 — A deputy initiated a call in the 500 block of County Road 314 after he was approached by two people in a vehicle on an unknown situation.

    · Monday, May 14 — Deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at a South Springs Gulch residence.

    · Tuesday, May 15 — A deputy initiated a call about a neighbor dispute involving noise in the Sinton Road area.

  • New Historical Society director has vision for the future

    Updating technology, expanding social media and fostering more involvement from the community's youth are some areas the new director of the Idaho Springs Historical Society wants to improve.

    Former Idaho Springs Library branch director Genevieve Chandler is taking up the reins of the organization from outgoing director Nancy Johnson, who is retiring from the position.

    In addition to hiring Chandler, the director position became part-time, and Susan Helm, the retail manager, is now also the museum's manager.

  • 'Outdoor junkie' to open gear shop in Idaho Springs

    Tired of the grind of corporate America, Jimmy Funkhouser decided to embrace his love of the outdoors — and maybe go a little wild in the process.

    On June 9, Funkhouser is opening a Feral outdoor gear shop in Idaho Springs, and it will be similar to the store in Denver.

    The store, to be at 1630 Miner St., will cater to campers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, and has a little something for everyone, including clothing, sleeping bags, camping gear, a room dedicated to maps and more.

    Making the move

  • Teachers request raises in 2018-19

    By Deb Hurley Brobst

    Staff Writer

    A request by several Clear Creek teachers has prompted the school board to look into whether the district can afford more salary compensation in the 2018-19 school year.

    Three teachers came to the school board meeting on May 15 —with letters signed by 21 of the district’s 57 teachers — asking for two things:

    • Cost-of-living increases for the next school year, and

  • Georgetown Community School carnival brings students, families together

    Lines of students quickly formed in front of the various attractions — a dunk tank, several bouncy castles and a bungee cord trampoline — and the fun commenced at Georgetown Community School’s inaugural carnival on May 17.

    Principal Doug Hesbol watched the controlled pandemonium with the look of a delighted conductor.

    “When I came here, I felt that the community maybe wasn’t as welcomed as it may have been in the past (years),” said Hesbol, who was hired in January.

  • Police planning to control Highway 103 camping

    The Idaho Springs Police Department is making plans to give extra attention to reports of rafting employees camping in their cars off of Highway 103.

    The issue was discussed after resident Marilyn Quigley shared her concern over the matter during the May 14 city council meeting.

    “It is problematic, and we want to put the burden on the outfitters, but they don’t have the property to accommodate their own people,” Police Chief Chris Malanka said.

  • CDOT adding Bustang stop times in Idaho Springs

    CDOT will add two additional stop times in Idaho Springs for its Bustang service beginning June 29 that will now go from Denver to Grand Junction.

    The new stops will arrive in the city tentatively scheduled for 4:14 p.m. going eastbound and 8:30 a.m. going westbound.

    Currently, Bustang stops in Idaho Springs at Idaho and 13th streets at 4:05 and 6:55 p.m. going westbound and 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. going eastbound.

  • Veterans coalition donates funds to first-responder wellness group

    The Clear Creek Veterans Coalition donated $1,500 to Foundation 1023, a nonprofit first responder support group.

    Foundation 1023 provides first responders with counseling and support, and creates ways to explain to communities the importance of mental wellness for first responders. It is operated in Texas and Colorado and was founded in honor of Kristin McLain, a flight nurse who died during a helicopter rescue mission in Texas in 2015. The number 1023 was both her badge number and is the first responder code indicating “arrived on scene.”

  • Students, community help construct house for Clear Creek teacher

    There’s a house under construction along Mountain Avenue in Empire. And, even though her family isn’t living there yet, the home is already a new start for Clear Creek teacher Karen Artemis and her three children.

    “What it’s given me, since the divorce, is starting over again,” Artemis said. “It’s giving me an opportunity to believe in myself — to be an independent on my own, raising my kids.”