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Business

  • Clear Creek rates high in personal income

    Clear Creek County has the third highest average personal income in the state at $59,970, according to statistics released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    But federal statistics can be misleading, according to County Commissioner Tom Hayden. Per-capita income can look “very skewed” in a county of just 9,000 residents, he said.

  • Delays in bridge project anger owners of businesses

    Local business owners, frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs, want the state to fund a promotional campaign to boost their businesses.

    At a meeting Nov. 20, the business owners told officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mountain Corridor Constructors, that they are losing revenue, and that their employees are working fewer hours as the holiday shopping season arrives.

  • Loveland's opening late but loved by skiers

    Loveland Ski Area opened for the season on Saturday after weeks of battling unusually warm temperatures.

    Loveland was the second ski resort to open in Colorado after Arapahoe Basin, which opened Oct. 17. 

  • Closure of Black Hawk clinic to affect Clear Creek residents

    As many as 200 Clear Creek County residents could be without a primary-care doctor when Mountain Family Health Center closes in Black Hawk in late November.

    The clinic is closing because the majority of its patients “voted with their feet” and moved to other clinics for care, said Ross Brooks, chief executive of the Mountain Family clinic system. The Black Hawk clinic currently has about 400 clients, down from a high of about 3,000 seven years ago, he said. It has been in business for more than three decades.

  • Taco Bell coming to Dumont

    Motorists wanting to get their Mexican food fix can make a “run for the border” in Clear Creek County when Taco Bell opens in Dumont in December.

    The former Burger King restaurant at 1073 County Road 308 was sold for $550,000 to Palo Alto Inc./Alvarado Holdings LLC, a Denver-based restaurant holding company. The sale closed Oct. 15, according to county records. 

  • Economic incentives could be used to lure hotel

    A hotelier may be wooed to build in Clear Creek County by economic incentives, according to an economic development official.
    County economic development officials plan to “get creative and put together some (economic incentive) options to see what kind of interest there is,” Peggy Stokstad, president of the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp., said recently. A recent hotel viability study showed a 10 percent profitability gap between what it might take to build a hotel and what its potential revenues might be in the beginning.

  • Log home company looking to expand

    A Dumont company that builds log homes wants to expand and hire up to 30 people.

    Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes currently manufactures its homes off site. After 10 years at the location, owner Dennis Anderson has applied for rezoning at 1501 County Road 308 in Dumont so that he can build the kit homes there.

  • Log home company looking to expand

    A Dumont company that builds log homes wants to expand and hire up to 30 people.

    Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes currently manufactures its homes off site. After 10 years at the location, owner Dennis Anderson has applied for rezoning at 1501 County Road 308 in Dumont so that he can build the kit homes there.

  • The Buffalo roaming to an upscale future

    You’ll be able to buy a piece of the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar as workers get ready for a trendy, up to $1.2 million face-lift scheduled to start in mid-October.

    As part of the remodel, a craft brewery is planned for the historic Miner Street property, with brew to be sold on site, said Dan Ebert, general manager of the Buffalo. A chef consultant is helping the restaurant redesign the menu, which will have several new items made in a completely new kitchen.

  • Dumont pot shop is high on plans for new building

    The Mind Body Spirit 2 retail marijuana store has moved to a construction trailer on the Interstate 70 off-ramp in Dumont.

    A 42,000-square-foot retail store and cultivation building is planned for the spot — slated to open next spring, said owner Christine Nanney, though she did not give a specific date. The building is planned for the vacant lot at 811 County Road 308 and the adjoining land to the east where Quality Auto Body currently is located.