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  • Up-to-the-minute info for I-70 motorists

    In the future, drivers in the Interstate 70 mountain corridor could get verbal warnings broadcast to their cars about highway accidents.

    Or they might be told about black ice up ahead. Those warnings would be a major piece of a $10 million federal “connected vehicle project” that state officials want to implement by 2020.

  • Cyclists fear toll lane will curtail access to I-70 stretch

    “A fair number” of bicyclists use a short stretch of Interstate 70 to ride from Fall River Road to Idaho Springs, according to Michael Raber, a resident bicycle advocate.

    Now that a toll lane is being built on that eastbound stretch of highway, some riders are concerned about how they might be able to get through in the future. Raber said he does not know the specific number of cyclists currently using the highway. The $72 million toll-lane project is expected to operate on weekends year-round. It’s expected to open this fall.

  • Erickson named veterans service officer

    Two new faces are now at the ready to serve veterans in Clear Creek County. 

    Troy Erickson is the new full-time Clear Creek County veterans service officer. He’ll help veterans with any issues they may have, including mental health issues, according to a county news release.

    The previous veterans service officer, Rick Winfrey, worked part time and helped veterans get government benefits. The job was expanded to a full-time position, with the additional duties, after Winfrey's contract ended.

  • Expanded hours eyed for I-70 toll lane

    A $72 million toll lane being built on Interstate 70 could operate longer hours than originally planned.

    State Transportation Department officials want the hours to be "more flexible" than an agreement between the state and the Federal Highway Administration originally called for, said Amy Ford, a CDOT spokeswoman. Officials also are discussing how the toll lane — planned to run 13 miles eastbound from Empire to Idaho Springs — might be used during emergencies, Ford said.

  • Loveland helps seasonal employees sign up for health insurance

    Nearly 40 Loveland Ski Area employees recently enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act before open enrollment closed Feb. 15.

    Debby Henkens, the Mountain Resource Center’s health coverage guide in Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, said the ski resort is the only large employer in the county that allowed her to help their employees get health insurance during work hours.

  • Commissioners delay decision on pot growing

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners again have delayed a decision about where legal marijuana growing may be allowed in the county in the future.

  • Clear Creek transfer station seeing more customers

     

    Clear Creek has seen an increase in trash and recycle drop-off business, now that the Evergreen transfer station is closed, according to Clear Creek transfer station manager Bob Tiedermann.

    In response, county officials plan to discuss a fee restructuring in the near future to capture more revenue, said Jo Ann Sorensen, county land use division director, who oversees the transfer station.

  • City, county honor law officers

    To show gratitude for the hard work of law enforcement officers, Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman signed a resolution last Friday making it Idaho Springs Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

    The resolution came on the heels of a similar measure passed by the county supporting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9.

    The idea for both resolutions came from Idaho Springs Elks Lodge exalted ruler Troy Erickson after the lodge wrote thank-you letters to each sheriff’s deputy and Idaho Springs police officer.

  • Developer hopes to build preschool at apartment complex

    A future preschool could draw residents to an 80- to 100-unit apartment complex planned for 5 acres in Idaho Springs, according to the developer.

    The apartment complex is planned to be built south of Interstate 70 and east of the town ballfields near the west side of the Veterans Memorial Tunnels where two houses now sit, said David Zucker, who plans to build it.

    It appears there’s a demand for early-childhood education, Zucker said, and the preschool would help fill it.

  • There’s a new sheriff in town — but many thanks go to Krueger

    Surrounded by employees, co-workers, county officials and friends, longtime Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said goodbye to public service at his retirement party on Jan. 7.

    Krueger received plaques, a resolution recognizing his service, accolades, a memorial coin, a “retired” badge, and a standing ovation.

    “Thank you. It’s been a hell of a ride,” said Krueger, who served as a deputy sheriff from 1988 to 1995 and as sheriff from 1995 to 2015.