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Today's News

  • Remembering Pearl Harbor

    One by one, roses were dropped from the bridge to hit the dark, early morning water of Clear Creek on Thursday. Like memories, the flowers drifted away, leaving only those standing behind.

    But some things will never be forgotten.

    More than 40 people, including local officials, law enforcement and residents, came out to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    The Clear Creek High School Madrigal Singers sang the national anthem, and those in attendance thought of the sailors who died in Hawaii 76 years ago.

  • County offers help for homeless vets

    As winter weather is appearing in the county, officials want homeless veterans to know there are housing resources available to them.

    County Veterans Service Officer Troy Erickson was recently contacted through social media about two homeless veterans living in Clear Creek County who needed help. He offered to provide them assistance, but nothing ever came of it, and nobody contacted his office. That said, Erickson wants veterans to know that there is help available for them.

  • Christmas crafts of the DIY kind

    The Church of the Hills craft fair on Saturday in Evergreen wasn’t your typical event.

    Instead of crafters selling their wares to visitors, the visitors made their own crafts to take home. It’s really a do-it-yourself craft fair.

    Tables lined the church’s hall with stations for attendees to make mobiles, graham cracker houses, snow globes, twig trees, ornaments, reindeer food and more. At each station was a master crafter who helped both kids and adults make their crafts.

  • Hitting the SWEET spot

    Editor’s note: A community is made rich by its diversity of citizens and businesses. This is the first part of a series exploring the people and places of Empire.

    It wasn’t just about buying a building or a business when Julie Paschen took over ownership of Empire’s Lewis Sweet Shop. She was inheriting memories.

  • News briefs

    County ratifies 2018 budget

    The county ratified its $38 million budget for 2018 on Nov. 27.

    The county’s general fund for 2018 is $16.8 million, down from 2017’s estimated $17 million. The budget reflects the loss of property tax revenue as the Henderson Mine winds down operations.

  • Police Blotter: Crime calls from Nov. 27-Dec. 3

    Monday, Nov. 27 — Georgetown police arrived at the 1400 block of High Street after receiving reports of shots being fired. The person in question was shooting handguns as target practice, and the officer warned them against doing so because the location was too close to Interstate 70 traffic.

  • Newcomers travel to Georgetown for annual holiday market

    Roasting chestnuts, wagon rides, shopping for presents, listening to Christmas carols and drinking a cup of warm cider or hot chocolate: Attending Georgetown’s annual Christmas Market may be a yearly tradition for many families in the mountain area, but for others, the experience is brand new.

    Georgetown hosted the first weekend of its 57th annual Christmas Market on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the event drew an estimated 15,000 people across both weekends. Each year, several families travel from farther than the Denver area to attend.

  • County shuts down path to Guanella Pass for the season

    County officials shut down Guanella Pass for the winter season last week at the Naylor Lake intersection because of the cost of winter maintenance on the road.

    With the closure, Clear Creek spokesman John Bryan said the county could dedicate its resources to the rest of the county.

    Public works director Karl Schell said the county decided to close the road despite the area’s recent unseasonably warm temperatures.

  • Judge grants Davison outpatient competency restoration

    A judge has agreed to allow the suspect in last year's slaying of Idaho Springs resident Eric Spencer to attend outpatient competency restoration despite the objections of a deputy district attorney.

    On Nov. 27, Chief District Judge Wayne Patton listened to testimony from two doctors regarding the mental health of Colton Davison.

  • EDC continues work to help county businesses

    The Clear Creek Economic Development Corporation provided $370,000 to help develop local businesses this year, continuing its mission to help foster new development in the county.

    About 30 people met at Cooper’s on the Creek in Georgetown to hear the CCEDC’s end-of-year report and hear from the corporation’s new director.

    The nonprofit started in 1985 to ensure job creation and retention in Clear Creek County, in part by counseling businesses and giving out business loans.