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  • Man arrested in G-town Market burglaries

    Georgetown police say they have a suspect in custody who reportedly has confessed to the burglaries at the Georgetown Market on Jan. 11 and 18.

    Georgetown Police Chief George Weidler said the man confessed to having committed the crimes when questioned.

    According to Weidler, officers responded to a call about a suspicious person on Jan. 19 and came across the man.

    Weidler said both burglaries of the market were through forced entry.

  • Benefit planned to help local accident victim

    This past Monday, local post office employee Kathie Nixon would have been starting a new job in Texas.

    However, early on Jan. 29, tragedy struck when she was returning to Idaho Springs on the Central City Parkway from the post office in Black Hawk.

    The roads were icy, and she got into a serious accident with another vehicle.

    Over the past few weeks, she’s been in the intensive-care unit at St. Anthony Hospital.

    The community will host a benefit dinner for Nixon at the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar from 5 to 8 p.m. March 11.

  • No. 12 makes a comeback: Georgetown Loop gets steam engine back on rails

    There’s no doubt that every inch of earth-thundering, teeth-rattling, steam-powered Engine 12 is a labor of love.

    In what can only be accurately described as a wholly visceral experience, watching the engine move down the tracks is like having a front-row seat to the Industrial Age.

    After a two-year hiatus, the Georgetown Loop has brought steam power back to the historic 126-year-old narrow-gauge railroad.

  • Clear Creek schools: What’s at stake

    Commissioner Kevin O’Malley’s comment that the county is weathering the financial storm struck me given that both the county and the Clear Creek School District depend upon the same property taxes. Ironically, the saving grace for the county is not one for our schools.

    CCSD faces cuts beyond the bone to the marrow. I know that because as a Board of Education member, I voted to make those to-the-bone cuts in 2009, including moving the middle school program to the Floyd Hill campus, which has saved the district $200,000.

  • Bully-proofing our kids: Carlson Elementary students learn respect, open-mindedness

    What do Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Cruise, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and famous polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes all have in common — besides being ridiculously successful?

    All were bullied during their school days.

    It’s a problem that predates the use of chalkboards.

    According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, more than 5.7 million youths in the United States, or 30 percent of students, are either bullying or being bullied.

  • Houdeshell to challenge Levy in HD13

    Republican businessman Robert Houdeshell has announced his intention to challenge state Rep. Claire Levy in House District 13.

    Houdeshell, a resident of St. Mary’s Glacier, will seek the GOP nomination in the district, which includes Clear Creek, Gilpin and western Boulder County.

    Houdeshell, who formerly owned and then sold an accounting software business, made his announcement Jan. 29 at the Majestic Building in Idaho Springs.

    Levy, a Boulder Democrat, plans to seek re-election for a third term in November, a representative of her office told the Courant.

  • Proposal for recycling station dumped in G-town

    A controversial proposal for a recycling and trash-processing facility near the Interstate 70 exit ramp in Georgetown was denied Jan. 12 for zoning reasons.

    The proposed Timberline Disposal transfer station/material recovery facility was found not in compliance with existing light-industry zoning by the Georgetown Board of Selectmen by a 4-1 vote, with Selectman Kathryn Johnson dissenting.

  • Police investigating burglary at Mangia! restaurant

    By Ian Neligh

    Courant Editor

    Mangia! restaurant at 1446 Miner St. was burglarized during the evening of Feb. 15 or the early hours of Feb. 16 after someone gained access through a rear window.

    According to police, because the investigation is ongoing, the items stolen from the property are not being disclosed to the public.

    Idaho Springs Police Chief David Wohlers said that while there are no suspects for the burglary, police are investigating several leads.

  • Ski, bike shop drawing traffic

    Who would have thought that anything good could come from the bumper-to-bumper, teeth-grinding traffic jams that clog Interstate 70 most weekends?

    For Thomas and Stephanie Seabrook, it’s a good thing. And it’s part of a new chapter in their entrepreneurial lives.

    With Black Diamond Ski & Cycles Co. at 1540 Argentine St., the Seabrooks have opened their latest, and Georgetown’s newest, business this month.