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Today's News

  • Skeen unopposed in bid for G-town mayor

    Longtime Georgetown resident Matt Skeen is running unopposed for mayor in the town's April 6 election. Current Mayor Craig Abrahamson has decided not to run for a second term.

    Also up for election on the town board are incumbents Henry Ehrgott in Ward 1 and Lynette Kelsey in Ward 2, who are running unopposed. Jon Jennings, who was appointed to Ward 2, is also running unopposed in this election.

  • Support building for workforce housing

    Loaves and Fishes, a faith-based nonprofit in Idaho Springs, is one group interested in creating “workforce housing” for river rafters and ski area workers, among others.

    Abby Moles, a Loaves and Fishes representative, and other Clear Creek residents have attended two housing advisory group meetings. The advisory group is expected to discuss how to potentially use available government funding to build housing.

  • Skeen unopposed in bid for G-town mayor

    Longtime Georgetown resident Matt Skeen is running unopposed for mayor in the town's April 6 election. Current Mayor Craig Abrahamson has decided not to run for a second term.

    Also up for election on the town board are incumbents Henry Ehrgott in Ward 1 and Lynette Kelsey in Ward 2, who are running unopposed. Jon Jennings, who was appointed to Ward 2, is also running unopposed in this election.

  • Tennessee doctor abandons plan for clinic in Springs

    The former Idaho Springs Lumber Co. is back on the market, after a Tennessee doctor decided not to put a health care clinic there after all.

    The 1-acre property at 1965 Miner St. is listed for $539,000 with ReMax Mountain Realty. Tennessee doctor Toby Hampton said a year ago that he bought the property for $450,000.

    At the time, Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in the next 18 months. He operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee. 

  • Restaurant inspections to be posted on county website

    Restaurant patrons in Clear Creek County will be able to go online to check health inspections of their favorite eateries, starting July 1.

    Clear Creek public health officials plan to post restaurant inspections on the county website — http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/ — starting on that date, Charlotte Hampson, lead environmental health specialist in Clear Creek County, told the county commissioners at a recent meeting.

  • King-Murphy kids happy to help canines, other critters

    The King-Murphy Elementary student council has donated $180 to the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    The group decided to use some of the money from a fund-raiser it organized last fall to help animals, according to council adviser Samantha Gorenstein. 

    The council presented EAPL representatives with a large check to symbolize the donation at a recent meeting. The students also met Ducky the dog, who has become an unofficial ambassador for the nonprofit.

  • Fire Authority to select evaluator this week

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority’s board of directors will select an outside firm to evaluate the organization this week in the wake of recent internal friction.

    The fire board met with three contractors last week and reviewed bids and proposals from Colorado-based Emergency Services Consulting International; California-based Matrix Consulting Group; and Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Safety Management.

    The evaluation is expected begin April 8 and be completed on June 23, with a cost of between $10,000 and $20,000.

  • Tommyknocker goes international

    What do Idaho Springs and Helsinki  have in common?

    Both now have Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub-branded brewpubs drawing customers.

    The Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar opened in recent weeks at Iso Roobertinkatu 13 in a trendy neighborhood near downtown Helsinki. Steve Indrehus, the brewmaster at the Idaho Springs brewpub, flew to Finland with his wife, Maria, to help oversee the opening. The Beer Bar also serves appetizers.

  • Management team replaced for construction of Exit 241 bridge

    In the wake of controversy over construction delays at the Exit 240 bridge over I-70, the Colorado Department of Transportation has changed the management team for the upcoming construction of the Exit 241 bridge.

    “We are putting some new people in management roles (and) have requested that of our contractor (Mountain Corridor Constructors),” said CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong. “That 240 bridge was just a combination of a series of unfortunate events in every way, shape and form.”

  • Pot greenhouse operation planned in county

    A local cannabis consultant plans to invest $5 million in a marijuana greenhouse operation in Clear Creek County following changes in county zoning rules.

    Consultant Shane Hutto told the county commissioners March 10 that he has investors lined up to help him with the project. Hutto’s Horticultural Solutions Ltd. business is in Georgetown.

    “We expect a large fiscal impact in the county,” Hutto said. “This will allow me to make money here and spend money here. It will provide something reliable for the county.”