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Today's News

  • 'Mud Man'

    Looking around Forrest Anderson’s workshop of finished pottery, each piece is as unique as the individuals who will one day purchase them. Even if they look the same from a distance, up close, one can see the small differences in their markings.

    The whiter-colored glazes frost over the blue mugs in a way that’s reminiscent of frosting folding over a cinnamon roll. Many of the lighter colored plates feature a hand-painted design of cattail heads; and the colors are inverted on the darker plates. An aspen ash-based glaze covers various plates, pitchers and mugs.

  • CDOT, public discuss project

    A standing-room-only crowd gathered on March 14 to listen to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s plans for an Interstate 70 westbound peak-period shoulder lane project.

    Residents, government officials and CDOT employees met in the Idaho Springs rec center gym to look at ideas and talk about the next steps.

    Audience members shared their concerns about the size of the expansion, noise, traffic congestion and the availability of ingress and egress for emergency vehicles on Floyd Hill.

  • Library employees, citizens question district director

    Library employees, former employees and other citizens shared their concerns about Sue Lathrop’s role as director of the Clear Creek County Library District at a meeting with the district’s board of directors Tuesday night.

    More than 20 members of the public, including several district employees, attended the meeting at the Georgetown Heritage Center.

    Lathrop was asked to comment following Tuesday’s meetings, but she declined, citing that it was a personnel issue.

  • News Briefs

    Fire bans enacted on county, forest service land

    The Santa Fe Fire south of Idaho Springs in combination with a dry and warm forecast has Clear Creek County, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and Gilpin, Jefferson and Boulder counties enacting fire bans.

    The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office put a stage-2 fire ban in place on Thursday, which includes:

  • Testing their knowledge, imaginations

    With terrific trajectory, a corn chip flew through the air in a gentle arc back to earth.

    Practice time was over, and fifth-grader Ella Alspaugh’s miniature catapult was ready for the marshmallow-slinging contest during Clear Creek County’s 4-H program on March 13.

    More than 20 students and a handful of parent volunteers gathered at the Dumont Fire Station for the monthly 4-H meeting. The students were divided into project groups, and their projects will compete in a countywide fair in June.

  • Work to start on future health care clinic

    Clear Creek officials have approved a $150,000 plan to renovate the county-owned Jacob House in preparation to make it a health care clinic.

    The county will add an exam room and make other improvements to the site at 115 15th Ave., and Centura promises to staff the clinic with a doctor, medical assistant, clerical person and technician starting in June.

  • School board asks for help in its search for middle-school property buyer

    School board members have asked county commissioners to help them find a buyer for the former middle school property on Highway 103 just south of Interstate 70.

    “What can we do as a community to help convince people to take on this project, so we can move it out of our portfolio and fix some schools?” school board president Mitch Houston asked at a joint work session of the two boards on Thursday.

  • Family unharmed during ‘traumatic’ I-70 accident

    Lauren Harvey experienced a nightmare scenario when strong winds toppled a tractor-trailer over onto her family’s car while driving west on Interstate 70 past Georgetown on March 9.

    “It was really traumatic, scary and awful,” Harvey said.

    While her children Estelle, 3, and Echo, 1, sat in their car seats in the back of their car, a tractor-trailer traveling westbound, at about 10:50 a.m., tipped over onto the family’s 1994 Volvo station wagon, crushing it.

  • Knocking down doors

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about the women volunteers of the Clear Creek Fire Authority. There are more than 40 volunteer firefighters in the county; 10 are women.

    Jerikka McKenna grew up in Georgetown and never really gave a thought about firefighters or firefighting. The volunteers who protected the county were easy to take for granted.

  • Fire ban declared in county

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office put a stage 2 fire ban into place on Tuesday.

    Restrictions include:

    • Open fires, except when using a petroleum fueled stove, grill or lantern in an area that has been cleared of all vegetation three feet on all sides. Charcoal grills at private residences are not exempted.

    • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

    • Possessing or using fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices.

    • Using explosives or firearms.