Today's News

  • Feeding the hungry

    The new walk-in freezer at the Loaves & Fishes food bank was nearly empty on Friday afternoon, but by the end of this week, more than 4,000 pounds of frozen turkeys will fill the shelves in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.
    With the help of donors, a few helping hands and some strong backs, more than 250 turkeys and Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed to Clear Creek County families in need.

  • EMS seeks funding for third staffed ambulance

    Ambulance officials want to add a third staffed ambulance on 42 busy weekends next year to better respond to an estimated 7 percent jump in call volume.

    Clear Creek EMS is requesting an additional $82,000 in the 2015 county budget to pay workers to staff the third ambulance on busy summer and winter weekends. The ambulance service currently staffs two ambulances. If more ambulances are needed, Clear Creek EMS calls its neighbors, including the Gilpin County ambulance service.

  • Choir’s fund-raising hits a high note

    The Carlson Choir served pasta dinners and harmonious music earlier this month to raise money to compete at music festivals.

  • Mountain lion sightings have officials urging caution

    Mountain lions are making appearances throughout Clear Creek County, and residents need to know what to do if they encounter one.
    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman said he’s heard from people who have spotted as many as four mountain lions at one time in the area as recently as last week.
    Karl Schell, the county’s road and bridge west district foreman, said he saw a mountain lion recently north of Empire.

  • Officials may ‘hold’ trucks along I-70 during bad weather

    Highway officials and commercial truckers appear to be locked in a battle over how trucks will be treated when the weather is bad on Interstate 70 this winter.

  • Homebuyer's class outlines housing assistance in county

    A married couple are looking for a home in the $280,000 range in Georgetown or Idaho Springs after taking a recent homebuyer’s class — the first of its kind offered in the county.

    The husband and wife also can apply for a 2 percent, 20-year loan of up to $25,000 for a down payment to buy their first home. The couple currently live with a relative in the county. The husband requested anonymity for financial privacy reasons.

  • Clear Creek residents urged to take precautions for winter

    Local officials are urging residents to be prepared now that cold weather has arrived.
    Clear Creek residents should make sure their smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors are working properly; be careful when using portable heaters; keep extra medication on hand; and winterize their vehicles.
    This season Clear Creek emergency personnel have already responded to three calls related to carbon-monoxide poisoning in homes.

  • Tow-truck patrols planned to minimize winter delays on I-70

    State transportation officials say they’ll step up tow-truck patrols on I-70 as partof the effort to keep traffic snarls to a minimum this winter.

  • $1.1 million remodel slated for sheriff’s office

    Sheriff’s department employees are working from temporary locations for at least the next six months while the sheriff’s office gets a face-lift.

    The county now plans to spend about $1.1 million on the sheriff’s department office remodel. It’s the last county department office to be scheduled for a remodel — all other county offices have been upgraded with new carpet, paint and other improvements in recent years.

  • Sheriff’s budget under scrutiny amid commissioners’ efforts to rein in spending

    The Clear Creek County sheriff’s budget is getting scrutiny from county commissioners looking to cut costs in 2015 amid a projected drop in property-tax revenue.

    The sheriff’s budget usually is the largest of any county department, according to a national sheriffs’ group. And in 2014, the Clear Creek County sheriff’s budget makes up 35 percent of the entire county spending blueprint, according to information posted on the county website.