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  • Semi-truck rollover closes I-70 off-ramp

    A semi-truck rollover has closed the I-70 off-ramp at exit 244.

    According to CDOT, it will take at least two hours to clean up and remove the vehicle. The semi was transporting beverages.

    According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis, the driver wasn't seriously injured but was transported to the hospital.

    The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m., and crews are working to clean up spilled fuel.

  • Rockfall mitigation project on tap

    CDOT contractors are beginning a $3 million rockfall mitigation project this week in Clear Creek Canyon.

    “This is a safety project that we wanted to take care of right away, especially before springtime, which is notorious for being rockfall season,” CDOT spokeswoman Stacia Sellers said.

  • Sheriff’s Office joins priority technology service

    The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in Colorado to use FirstNet, a technology giving officers priority cellphone coverage.

    “It’s going to make it easier for our first responders to get through in an emergency,” said Sheriff Rick Albers. “If all the cell towers are busy, it’ll let us make calls.”

    FirstNet is built using AT&T and is the nation’s only public safety broadband network. Clear Creek joins departments in New Jersey, New Mexico and Texas already using the service.

  • Courthouse upgrades, remodeling completed

    Clear Creek County and the Colorado Judicial Department can celebrate after Tuesday’s completion of a $722,540 project to upgrade and remodel the county courthouse in Georgetown.

    The additions include more office space, replacement of electrical and plumbing as well as upgraded audio and visual technology.

    The court’s 40-year-old HVAC system was replaced, and the bathrooms were made ADA-compliant. The remodeled area also now provides better meeting areas.

  • Commissioners outline goals for the coming year

    Adjusting road and bridge service levels, securing the future of a permanent health care facility and meeting more often with the public are some of the Clear Creek County commissioners' goals for 2018.

    The county board started comprising a list of county goals last year and is continuing that tradition this year with 15 goals that local officials want to see completed.

    This year's goals include everything from developing a recreation management plan to improving broadband in the county.

  • Love in the air

    The snow was fresh, the wind was strong and love was in the air.

    More than 70 couples from across the United States gathered at Loveland Ski Area on Valentine’s Day for the 27th annual Mountaintop Matrimony event.

    While many were just renewing their vows, 17 tied the knot officially — and did so in grand style and at 12,050 feet.

    “We’re ski-loping,” joked Jill Cwalina, who was marrying John Rice. The county residents said they thought it was a good idea after having seen the ceremony in past years.

  • CCHS’ National Honor Society preaches collaboration at national conference

    Five Clear Creek High School student leaders went to Washington D.C. to prove to other schools that bigger isn’t always better.

    The students, who are members of the CCHS National Honor Society, went to the organization’s national conference last month attended by about 2,000 students and gave a presentation called “Don’t Compete, Collaborate” to show how Clear Creek’s clubs and activities work together so all students can be involved.

  • Georgetown finalizes new administrator

    Georgetown has officially appointed Kent Brown as its new town administrator. He started on Feb. 14.

    At its Feb. 13 board meeting, the Georgetown Board of Selectmen held an executive session to negotiate the town’s contract with Brown.

    Georgetown’s Board of Selectmen chose Brown at its Jan. 30 special meeting during which it interviewed two finalists during a public meet-and-greet event.

  • County call-in program helps seniors, at-risk residents

    By 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, two of the four SafeCall participants already had checked in with the county’s dispatchers. One had e-mailed fairly early in the morning; the other had called.

    Around 20 minutes later, as he and his colleagues were handling a test of their alarm system, dispatcher Jeff Reich answered the phone. One of the SafeCall participants quickly identified himself.

    “Thanks for calling in,” Reich told him. “You have a good day.”

  • Georgetown police launches new fleet

    Georgetown police have started patrolling the streets in three 2018 Ford F-150s after the town began a lease agreement with Ford for a new fleet this year.

    According to the town’s 2018 budget, the fleet, which started two weeks ago, was a capital improvement project through the general fund, with each vehicle’s lease costing $45,633 over five years. In 2018, the town will pay $30,500 for the three vehicles.