Today's News

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 15-21

    • Monday, July 15 — Idaho Springs officers responded to a theft call in the 3200 block of Riverside Drive after a resident reported that her bike had been stolen from her patio overnight. Officers are still looking for the bike.

    • Tuesday, July 16 — Georgetown police conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle reportedly driving erratically on Interstate 70. The driver was investigated for driving under the influence and arrested. The driver also had active warrants for his arrest.

  • RapidGrass Festival packs in a weekend’s worth of fun

    Eight years ago, Jonny Miller came to his first RapidGrass Festival with his mandolin teacher and soaked up everything the artists taught in the workshops.

    Each year, he came back to the festival and got a little better at it until Miller wasn’t just attending RapidGrass — he was playing in it.

  • Campers share stories of county's future with commissioners

    Clear Creek County’s future newspapers have already been written, and while the bylines are different, many issues remain the same.

    Traffic on Interstate 70, environmental concerns, the mining industry and the county’s rich history continue to make headlines in the future, but young minds are hard at work to see if their inventions and ideas will solve the problems of today.

    During the July 16 county commissioners meeting, eight children from the seventh annual Discover Clear Creek! Summer Day Camp presented their newspaper articles.

  • Sense of community drives Indian Hills Fire crew

    Fourth in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    It’s a typical morning for Emery Carson as he walks around the fire station, checking out things. He makes sure everything is in the right place and secure. Then the wait begins.

    “Sometimes it’s very quiet,” said the veteran fire chief in his 31st year with the Indian Hills Fire Protection District and the department’s only paid employee.

    The calls — usually 250 to 300 per year — are sporadic at times and other times not so much.

  • Clinic's patients continue to increase

    The medical clinic in Idaho Springs continues to exceed the number of patients budgeted for the year, with approximately 1,000 patients more than last year, a 30 percent increase, Centura Health Physicians Group confirmed.

    During a July 16 county commissioners work session, Jessica Baken, CHPG’s regional director of operations – Denver Metro, said while patient numbers are higher than expected, revenues are also exceeding expectations.

  • Body of 71-year-old hiker found on Torreys Peak

    The body of a 71-year-old hiker has been recovered from Torreys Peak after he was reported missing Tuesday evening.

  • County Briefs

    Xcel to work on fire mitigation in Clear Creek

    Xcel Energy has started a wildfire-risk mitigation program that will manage vegetation and protect its assets in Clear Creek and other high-risk areas.

    Company representative Preston Gibson told the county commissioners during a July 16 work session that the company wants to coordinate with local agencies to achieve this goal. To that end, Xcel Energy is having monthly meetings with the U.S. Forest Service and wants to work closely with the county’s emergency management team.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 8-14

    • Monday, July 8 — The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft along eastbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 244. Tires and rims had been stolen from a Bobcat loader.

    • Monday, July 8 — Idaho Springs police investigated a report of a stolen truck after the owner said he’d parked it at a construction site on July 3. He left it unlocked with the keys in the visor. The truck was listed as stolen in the national crime computer, and the case remains open.

  • Three small wildfires contained throughout the county

    Authories confirmed Thursday evening that firefighters have contained a wildfire less than an acre in size in the Downieville area north of Interstate 70.

    The Mill Creek Fire burned approximately half an acre, the county's Office of Emergency Management reported via Twitter. The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning from storms on Wednesday night, a Clear Creek Sheriff's Office press release stated. 

  • Byerley: Colorado adopts California’s ZEV regs

    Last Friday, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted to adopt California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate following a three-day hearing, as reported in the Colorado Sun. Colorado will join nine other states, including New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, to push for a goal of selling more ZEVs beginning in 2023.