https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Idaho Springs finishes Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/idaho-springs-finishes-colorado-boulevard-reconstruction-project <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-coloradoblvd01-sh-092618.jpg" alt="Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman gives opening remarks before the Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday." title="Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman gives opening remarks before the Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Changes to Idaho Springs&rsquo; Colorado Boulevard have been gradual.</p> <p> But for those who need a refresher, they need only to visit Google Maps&rsquo; street view to remember what the street&rsquo;s east end used to look like.</p> <p> The sidewalks were fewer, sometimes ending without rhyme or reason, and pedestrian crossings were even rarer. The interchange with Miner Street was completely different, and Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park was seemingly smaller.</p> Alpine Rescue Team hosts third annual safety fair https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/alpine-rescue-team-hosts-third-annual-safety-fair <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-aplinerescue02-sh-092618.jpg" alt="Martin Barnett of Alpine Rescue Team talks about using the proper gear Saturday at the PMI vendor table." title="Martin Barnett of Alpine Rescue Team talks about using the proper gear Saturday at the PMI vendor table." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> There&rsquo;s always the possibility that something bad could happen for those who hike, bike, ski, climb, snowshoe and drive in the mountains, be it injuries, avalanches, animal attacks, storms, becoming lost, falls and so on.</p> <p> But, if and when something does happen, are locals prepared?</p> <p> The Alpine Rescue Team hopes so now, thanks to this weekend&rsquo;s third annual Alpine Safety Fair.</p> ‘Santa’ joins the race for commissioner https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/%E2%80%98santa%E2%80%99-joins-race-commissioner <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-billlee-cw-092618.jpg" alt="Idaho Springs-area resident William Lee described his platform as one of honesty, integrity, compassion and common sense as he runs for a seat on the county commissioners. " title="Idaho Springs-area resident William Lee described his platform as one of honesty, integrity, compassion and common sense as he runs for a seat on the county commissioners. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Idaho Springs-area resident William Lee is running for the Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners as an unaffiliated candidate.</p> <p> Lee recently announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat, currently held by term-limited Commissioner Tim Mauck, in the November election. District 1 consists of Idaho Springs and the center of the county, but voters countywide elect commissioners from each district. Commissioners&nbsp;serve four-year&nbsp;terms.</p> County cancels ballot question https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-cancels-ballot-question <p> Clear Creek County, at the request of the Clear Creek Broadband group, has canceled a ballot question related to financing a proposed local improvement district in East Clear Creek for broadband improvements.</p> <p> At its Sept. 18 meeting, the county commissioners passed a resolution canceling the ballot question. The Oct. 2 hearing on the proposed LID has also been canceled.</p> County Briefs: news from Clear Creek government https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-briefs-news-clear-creek-government-2 <p> <strong>Closures implemented on Guanella Pass</strong></p> <p> At the Board of County Commissioners&rsquo; Sept. 18 meeting, Sheriff Rick Albers said his office has been working with Road &amp; Bridge to implement closures as Xcel Energy hauls equipment to its Cabin Creek station on Guanella Pass.</p> <p> Albers said the hauls were happening on short notice, but he had been working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to have it posted on interactive signs along Interstate 70 and the CDOT website.</p> Police Blotter: Crime Calls from Sept. 10-16 https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/police-blotter-crime-calls-sept-10-16 <p> <strong>&bull; Monday, Sept. 10 </strong>&mdash; Clear Creek Dispatch took a report of someone trespassing on Fire Tower Trail. The call was passed on to the U.S. Forest Service.</p> <p> <strong>&bull; Monday, Sept. 10</strong> &mdash; Authorities responded to a report of suspicious activity at a campsite in the 7700 block of U.S. Highway 40. A person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.</p> Themed fundraiser for local scholarships an offer guests can’t refuse https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/themed-fundraiser-local-scholarships-offer-guests-can%E2%80%99t-refuse <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mobsterlobsterfest01-sh-091918.jpg" alt="Norm Frank, playing Ed Bainbridge who died in 1867, wears a noose around his neck as he tells the story of Bainbridge&#039;s death by hanging, September 15, 2018." title="Norm Frank, playing Ed Bainbridge who died in 1867, wears a noose around his neck as he tells the story of Bainbridge&#039;s death by hanging, September 15, 2018." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Even after spending an evening with dangerous crime bosses, guests of the Mobster Lobsterfest weren&rsquo;t sleeping with the fishes. Instead, they were eating them.</p> <p> On Saturday, Clear Creek Rotary 2000 hosted 170 people during its mobster-themed fundraiser at Rocky Mountain Village.</p> <p> Guests had a chance to tour Georgetown Cemetery, learning local lore from character-actors, and then went on to wine and dine on lobster and other seafood.</p> <p> The event featured a live auction, photo booth and music by &ldquo;Swing Shift.&rdquo;</p> Locals mark 9/11 anniversary with silent parade, ceremony https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/locals-mark-911-anniversary-silent-parade-ceremony <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-9-11silentparade03-rb-091918.jpg" alt="Carolyn Gingrich waves to the firefighters and EMS workers as they drive by during the silent parade in Idaho Springs on Tuesday, September 11, 2018." title="Carolyn Gingrich waves to the firefighters and EMS workers as they drive by during the silent parade in Idaho Springs on Tuesday, September 11, 2018." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> A stream of firetrucks, police cars, ambulances and other emergency vehicles drove steadily down Miner Street. People lined the sidewalks &mdash; some of them, with their hands over their hearts &mdash; looking on.</p> <p> No cheers. No sirens. No celebration.</p> <p> From the front of the line came the song of a single bagpipe; but otherwise, the only sound was the steadily churning engines.</p> <p> Last Tuesday, Idaho Springs and the Clear Creek community marked the 17th anniversary of 9/11 with a silent parade from the recreation center to Citizens Park.</p>