Today's News

  • Springs pro takes over tennis club

    Moving to Idaho Springs and teaching tennis in Evergreen is just one more move in a list of dramatic scenery changes for Amy Jensen.

    Get your globe and follow along: Jensen was born in Brisbane, Australia, before joining the University of California-Berkeley on a tennis scholarship. She was a five-time All America for the Golden Bears, and a three-time NCAA champion in doubles. She coached there for six years before coaching at the University of Denver for the past three years.

  • Recent flu outbreak heightens awareness

    A monthly column featuring topics and information to improve health, promote wellness and to inform readers about local health resources and issues.

    It’s amazing what a little pandemic scare can do to heighten health awareness and create teachable moments.

  • The war on weeds: Plants prove constant threat to county

    Ted Brown is on the front lines of a war. His enemy is elusive, difficult to eradicate and highly destructive.

    As Clear Creek County’s weed supervisor, Brown is constantly on the lookout for noxious weeds — plants that have no known natural enemies in Colorado and are dangerous to both people and native plant life.

    Last Friday on the banks of Clear Creek, not far from the Idaho Springs Historic District, Brown uncovered a perfect example of his nemesis.

  • The edification of working with your own hands

    A friend tells me of her nephew, a recent high school graduate bungling down a dead-end street, who turns his nose up, as my mother would phrase it, at any job that involves getting his hands dirty.

    The depth of her frustration is made evident by her wry comment about him being busted for shoplifting.

    “He says he doesn’t like getting his hands dirty, but then he turns around and steals,” she seethes. “So, now his hands are dirty.”

  • Panning for gold more about the thrill of the hunt

    Right off the bat, I knew something was terribly wrong.

    I knew it in an instinctive way — the way a child knows that clowns aren’t funny and never will be. I was dirty, sunburned, thirsty, wet up to my knees and cold. To add to this delightful smorgasbord of misery, I suddenly felt like I was being watched.

    Wild-eyed and frenzied with what the old-timers called gold fever, I slowly turned away from my gold pan to look behind me.

  • Clematis vines add interest, beauty

    Several readers have asked recently for an article on clematis vines, since one of them is on the noxious weed list and others are not. Many people seem to be having trouble telling them apart. There have been five species in the genus clematis found on the eastern slope until recently, one white, one yellow and one blue. They have now been renamed, and although the plants are still the same, they are now in four different genera and six species.

  • Vox

    Forgotten lessons


    After reading Marion Anderson’s column on the modern forgotten man/woman and the Great Depression, I concluded she was probably not old enough to remember the Great Depression years. The media did have it right. I suspect many of the people in Clear Creek County remember that period of history and can also vouch for the newspapers. Herbert Hoover was president when the Depression started, and his biggest failing was in not trying to alleviate some of the people’s pain. FDR made that his mission as president.

  • 1940-65: The ideal era for coming of age

    It was an ideal era for coming of age. I was privileged to grow up in the era Harvard historian Samuel Huntington describes as the period of strong American national identity. In his 2004 book, “Who Are We?”, Huntington describes this time, roughly between 1940 and 1965, as the peak of national unity and American identity. During those years we consistently revered, respected and supported the American creed and those attributes which set us uniquely apart from other cultures and made our nation the envy of the world, a global leader and an economic success.

  • A hot time in the old town: Firefighter Appreciation Day kicks off summer anniversary events with parade, barbecue

    Nothing says summer like parades and barbecue.

    Last Saturday, Idaho Springs drew massive crowds for its Firefighter Appreciation Day. The event — the official summer kickoff for 150th Gold Rush celebrations — boasted a wild combination of pancakes, parade floats, barbecue and The Cowboy Band.

    The festivities included a morning pancake breakfast at which volunteer firefighters served 400 meals, a parade down Miner Street, and 800 free lunches in Citizens Park provided primarily by Tommyknocker Brewery and Smokin Yards Barbecue.

  • Georgetown resident dies in rafting accident

    A Georgetown resident died June 6 when his inflatable kayak tipped over in Clear Creek east of Idaho Springs.

    Glenn Steinmetz, 54, was rafting with another Georgetown resident in the area referred to as Dizzy Lizzy Rapids when the accident occurred.

    Police said Steinmetz’s companion also was tossed from his raft but made it safely to shore. Steinmetz was wearing both a flotation device and protective helmet.

    Steinmetz was spotted a short distance downstream by members of a rafting company, who pulled him onto a raft and brought him to shore.