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  • Hiker dies from exposure on Chief Mountain

    A 44-year-old man from the Denver area died from exposure on Chief Mountain near Highway 103 over the weekend.

    Clear Creek sheriff's personnel and the Alpine Rescue Team found the body of Joseph Ong more than 25 hours after he became separated from his hiking partner on Saturday morning.

    According to Maj. Rick Albers with the Sheriff’s Office, the man was still alive when discovered by rescuers but died before he could be transported.

    Albers said Ong’s death was the first outdoors-related fatality of the year in Clear Creek County.

  • Using city hydrants for training at issue

    The Idaho Springs Public Works Department and the Clear Creek Fire Authority are at odds over whether firefighters should be allowed to use the city’s aging hydrants for training.

    The council will likely discuss the issue again down the road, but at present took no immediate action.

    Public Works is concerned that the hydrants could be damaged, while the fire department sees them as a more realistic training method for refilling trucks than the city’s fill station.

  • Springs hires chief of police from Empire

    The Idaho Springs Police Department has hired Empire’s police chief to fill its No. 2 position to replace Jim Vogt, who resigned.

    John Castrodale began work in Idaho Springs on Jan. 16.

    Vogt, who had the rank of sergeant, cited irreconcilable differences with Police Chief Dave Wohlers as his reason for resigning.

    Empire is beginning a search for Castrodale’s replacement.

  • Officials, residents, business owners mull I-70 solutions

    The need for high-speed transit, better travel options for locals during peak traffic and affordable housing were recurring themes during a two-day work session on the county’s future in the Interstate 70 corridor.

    About 50 government officials, residents and businesspeople discussed the issues and solutions on Jan. 15 and 16 at Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire. The event was hosted by the Colorado Department of Transportation and the county.

  • Twin Tunnels construction boosted Idaho Springs’ coffers

    The city of Idaho Springs had a strong financial year in 2013, in part because of the Twin Tunnels construction project on Interstate 70, and officials are optimistic going into 2014.

    Sales-tax revenue has increased steadily for the past three years, with an 8 percent jump in 2013, and the city is projecting a 29 percent increase for 2014. 

    The city’s $4 million 2014 budget, approved recently by the city council, projects sales-tax revenue in the general fund to be $998,000.

  • G-town’s 2014 budget predicts another jump in sales-tax revenue

    Georgetown’s 2014 budget shows town officials are optimistic about sales-tax revenue, especially since they learned the Twin Tunnels construction project didn’t have a significant negative impact on the town’s economy.

    “I don’t believe (the construction) was as onerous as everybody thought,” Town Administrator Tom Hale said.

  • County eyes building new fairgrounds

    The county plans to discuss relocating the county fairgrounds in 2014. 

    The current space near Dumont is used only to host the Oh My Gawd Rodeo; it is on the south side of Interstate 70 and is in a prime location in a county where developable land is a rare commodity. The county has argued for years that the space should be used for more than several days a year.

    Commissioner Tim Mauck said the county might be interested in moving the rodeo grounds closer to a municipality in Clear Creek and in creating fairgrounds that would be more versatile.

  • Thefts reported from rural mailboxes

     The Idaho Springs rural postal carrier is advising residents that some holiday packages are being stolen from mailboxes.

    Denise Deese, carrier and city council member, said several packages have been stolen in the area.

    “At this time of the year when the best is supposed to come out of us, the worst comes out of some,” Deese said.

    Deese advises residents to be diligent about picking up their mail and packages soon after delivery and watching for suspicious people.

  • Colorado Boulevard face-lift to wait until 2015

    Idaho Springs will wait until 2015 to give Colorado Boulevard a face-lift, since the Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to widen the westbound bore of the Twin Tunnels on Interstate 70 next year.

    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman told other Clear Creek officials during an Economic Development Corp. meeting on Dec. 5 that the tunnel work would delay the city’s plans for revitalizing the east end of Colorado Boulevard.

  • Studies continue on high-speed transit along I-70

    Funding a $16.5 billion advanced guideway system — sometimes referred to as high-speed rail — from Denver International Airport to Eagle County could be possible with a state sales-tax increase and a combination of public, private and federal funding.