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Today's News

  • A community in your corner

    Deep inside the Clear Creek High School and Middle School building, in a room adjacent to one of the science labs, Julean Laake is wailing on his teammate Michael Burch.

    Burch has his hands up, but he’s all defense. He doesn’t throw any punches back.

    Finally, coach Beau Campbell tells Burch he can throw one body shot at Laake, so he better use it wisely.

    Burch lands a solid punch that’s audible even over the loud rock music.

    “Michael punches really hard,” Campbell explains.

  • Municipalities unhappy about Sheriff’s Office plan to share dispatch center costs

    The majority of Clear Creek municipalities and agencies that use the Clear Creek Sheriff'’s Office’s dispatch center are not happy with the idea of paying for the service starting in 2018.

    Officials from Georgetown and Empire were concerned about the high cost and wondered where they’d find the money for their portion of the fees. However, they realize that paying the fees might be better than hiring a separate dispatcher.

  • Empire residents voice opposition to RV park

    More than 45 Empire area residents attended a recent town council meeting to oppose an RV park near Empire’s Minton Park and Ballfield. At the end of the meeting, the council made no decision on whether to proceed and said it would investigate the issue further.

    At Empire’s Board of Trustees meeting on April 18, residents suggested that there were other, better alternatives for the space that would generate revenue and attract visitors to the area. They also questioned the efficiency and financial feasibility of such an RV park.

  • Molded from clay

    The sounds of clay being punched, smacked and beaten flat filled the Georgetown Community School cafeteria on April 19 at the school’s fourth annual Clay Day, an event where students are handed a block of clay with which to make art.

    It didn’t take long for lumpy denizens of the Jurassic period to appear only tables away from erupting volcanoes, coffee cups, plates — and stuff that looked a bit like all of the above.

  • Parents raise concerns over Schuessler, favoritism

    Nearly 50 parents, coaches and students attended the Clear Creek school board meeting on April 18, most declaring their support for athletic director Dave Schuessler.

    However, of the approximately 20 people who spoke, three suggested that Schuessler should be fired from the AD position, citing concerns with favoritism of some sports and by parents when they coach their own children, that the middle school sports program wasn’t marketed well to elementary schools, and that senior athletes got little support to help them get sports scholarships to college.

  • A bird’s eye view

    King-Murphy kindergartners now understand why it’s important for birds to migrate south for the winter.

    Through a series of hands-on demonstrations, they learned that if all birds stayed in Colorado in winter, they wouldn’t have enough food to eat. Youth educators from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver spent an hour on Thursday teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds about Migration Madness in preparation for a field trip to the Audubon Center at Chatfield next month.

  • Icy conditions on I-70 cause two semi-truck accidents

    Two rollover accident happened within minutes of each other on Interstate 70 during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
    The westbound I-70 right lane is now open near Beaver Brook after one semi-trailer truck jackknifed and had a rollover.
    According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis, the driver wasn't seriously injured but was transported to the hospital.
    The accident occurred at 3:39 a.m., and crews are working to clean up spilled fuel. Lewis said the fuel came from the truck's tank, adding no waterways were in danger of contamination.

  • Grant received to develop workforce housing

    Georgetown received a $16,400 grant from Clear Creek County on April 17 to help develop workforce housing.

    Now Georgetown can begin the survey, pre-development and engineering work on what is known as the Mill Site west of the town’s roundabout, which has been identified as an ideal location for 12 units.

    The intergovernmental agreement between Georgetown and the county stipulates that the survey work must be done by December.

  • Former lumberyard property in Idaho Springs to become a parking lot

    The site of the recently demolished Idaho Springs lumberyard and future county clinic will become a parking lot this summer.

    Mayor Mike Hillman said he’d ideally like to see the employees of downtown businesses using the parking to free up Historic District parking spaces.

    The building on the property on Miner Street east of the Historic District was demolished earlier this month.

    The county is working on an intergovernmental agreement with Idaho Springs to allow the space to be used for overflow and possibly employee parking by early summer.

  • County to provide ‘baby boxes’ to help combat SIDS

    Clear Creek County will be the first in the state to provide free “baby boxes” to help reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.

    A baby box is a simplified bed for an infant, or essentially a cardboard box with a mattress at the bottom of it used specifically to help reduce sleeping-related deaths.

    In June, the county will receive a shipment of the beds from California-based Baby Box Co.