Today's News

  • Springs approves Riverbend workforce housing

    Forty-seven workforce housing units will be built on two lots in the 2500 block of Colorado Boulevard in Idaho Springs.

    During the March 25 meeting, the city council approved 5-0 the plan, which would allow the building to have fewer parking spaces and a longer building than required by city code. Two council members were absent.

  • Loveland, CCFA: CDOT's brine affecting water quality, electric poles

    The compounds Colorado Department of Transportation uses on the road before and during snowstorms are believed to be affecting the water quality and electric lines, according to Loveland Ski Area and Clear Creek Fire Authority officials.

    During the March 19 county commissioners meeting, Rob Goodell, Loveland’s chief operating officer, said the ski area received a complaint in mid-February that the water at Loveland Valley tasted salty.

  • Consulting firm hired for superintendent search

    McPherson & Jacobson, a consulting firm based in Omaha, Neb., has been hired to help the Clear Creek School District find its new superintendent.

    The school board interviewed three firms on March 26 via Skype and voted 4-0 to hire McPherson & Jacobson and spend $7,000 for the firm’s base fee plus up to $5,000 in pre-authorized expenses. Board member Joe O’Leary didn’t attend the meeting.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from March 18-24

    • Monday, March 18 — Idaho Springs police responded to a call in the Soda Creek Road area that a vehicle had driven into a wooden fence causing substantial damage. A license plate was recovered from the scene, and a suspect was identified and gave a voluntary statement.

    • Monday, March 18 — Idaho Springs police initiated a traffic stop for a reported motor vehicle violation. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, and the passenger for violating a protection order.

  • Residents question blight study as city eyes revitalizing area

    Idaho Springs officials met with residents on March 26 to allay fears, and to explain what a blight study is and how an Urban Renewal Authority would work.

    “I know people think the city is out to get you,” Mayor Mike Hillman told about 35 people who live in the areas being studied for blight, “but the Urban Renewal Authority will help property owners get low-interest financing to make improvements to their property. We assure the community this is not about taking, stealing or condemnation of property.”

  • Dance variety show raises funds for Charlie’s Place

    Whether the performers were leaping, tapping, shaking or swinging up on the stage, everyone’s dancing was going to the dogs. And cats.

    On Saturday night, the Clear Creek-based Dawn Dancing hosted the second annual Spring Rhapsody variety dance show. The event benefited Friends of Charlie’s Place, the animal shelter for Clear Creek and Gilpin counties.

  • Clear Creek hires new football coach

    Clear Creek High School’s wait for a new football coach is over.

    Landon Wright, a 31-year-old offensive coordinator from Texas, will fill the position, replacing head coach Brian Inman who left following the end of last season.

    This will be his first head coaching role as he doubles as a middle school math teacher.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Departing board members recognized

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen and staff on March 26 recognized Police Judge Matt Skeen and Selectman Henry Ehrgott of Ward I, who have completed their second terms and are leaving the board.

    Earlier this year, the town canceled its April election because there was no opposition to the three candidates running for three seats. Police Judge pro tem Lynette Kelsey, who represents Ward II, will succeed Skeen.

  • Fabyanic: Hans Berg had a zest for life

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

    — “Walden: Where I Lived, What I Lived For”
    by Henry David Thoreau

  • Byerley: Checkered skies and government lies

    If you look up at the skies above Clear Creek County and across the entire Denver Metro area, on nearly any given day, you can see planes flying back and forth, leaving miles of chemtrails behind them. If you look closely, they have a pinkish and sometimes greenish tint to them.