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  • County approves up to $1.3 milion for remodeling sheriff's office

    The Clear Creek County sheriff’s office will finally get a face-lift, after county commissioners signed a contract for up to $1.3 million with MR Construction last week.

    Commissioners previously budgeted $1.1 million for the project — $300,000 in this year’s county budget and $800,000 in next year’s budget, according to documents posted on the county website.

  • Report turns up the heat on drilling — in a good way

    A new hot-water report in Clear Creek County has at least one economic development advocate saying, “Drill, baby, drill!”

    Ed Rapp, the advocate, called on colleagues at the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. to support his idea to do "wildcat drilling" for water heated geothermally — basically drilling a test well near Empire using information from the report. Rapp spoke at a meeting of the economic development group last Thursday.

  • County officials sore about eyesores

    The image Clear Creek County presents to outsiders might be holding it back on the economic development front, leaders say.

    “(We need to make) a list of business owners that don’t take pride in the county,” County Commissioner Tim Mauck said. “The view from the interstate gives people the vision that they get in this community. We need to be honest about that.”

    Empty properties that have piles of material stacked on them are an area of concern, Mauck said. So are aging mobile home parks around the county, he said.

  • County, Empire end practice of accepting free lift tickets

    Clear Creek County and the town of Empire have stopped accepting free lift tickets from Loveland Ski Area after a recent advisory from the state’s Independent Ethics Commission said that accepting them was unethical.

  • Town’s acceptance of free lift tickets violates ethics law

    The state’s Independent Ethics Commission recently determined that the town of Georgetown cannot accept free lift tickets from Loveland Ski Area without running afoul of Article 29 of the Colorado Constitution, which prohibits gifts to government employees.

    The commission, at the request of Georgetown City Administrator Tom Hale, provided the town with an advisory opinion on Nov. 20.

  • Councilwoman Dee Munchiando dies

    Idaho Springs city councilwoman Deloris "Dee" Munchiando died Nov. 26 of natural causes.

    Munchiando was born on Jan. 28, 1931. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Munchiando. The two married in 1955 and were the first couple to get married in the then-new St. Paul's Catholic Church in Idaho Springs.

    Munchiando is survived by their two children, Paulette Bordoni and Greg Munchiando, and four grandchildren.

    A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Idaho Springs.

  • 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.