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Today's News

  • Cash crop

    Editor’s note: Clear Creek County is home to a budding recreational marijuana industry — an industry that has blossomed statewide since recreational sales became legal on Jan. 1, 2014. Since then, the state has received $76 million in fees and taxes from this burgeoning business. This is the first installment of a series that will trace the marijuana process over the next several months from seedling to sale, and will follow the money that flows into state coffers.

  • County ahead of pack in plans to establish shooting ranges

    A plan to open three new public shooting ranges puts Clear Creek County at the head of the pack of a government shooting group.

  • King-Murphy students revved for repurposing

    King-Murphy Elementary School is sowing the seeds of conservation.

    The school has been celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which is April 22, with a presentation by the regional administrator from the Environmental Protection Agency and the EPA mascot, Froggy. Students also participated in a repurposing challenge in which they took trash and found new uses for it.

  • New code enforcement officer has his work cut out for him

    Idaho Springs’ new code compliance officer has handed out 500 courtesy tickets and nearly 50 tickets for code violations since starting in January.

    Peter Krzanowsky said that most violations involve parking, trash, nuisance issues and abandoned vehicles.

    The city had gone without a code enforcement officer for several years after the former compliance officer resigned to pursue other opportunities, and the city didn’t budget for a replacement until this year.

  • G-town resident finds common ground with Iranians during trip

    Iranians have a lot in common with U.S. citizens, says longtime Georgetown resident and preservationist Cindy Neely.

    “I’m a traveler … and I have always enjoyed traveling the world,” said Neely, who taught in the county for 30 years, including world history. “When teaching world history, the Persian Empire is the beginning of the story. It is really not the Greeks and the Romans.”

  • Clear Creek ahead of pack in plans to establish shooting ranges

    A plan to open three new public shooting ranges puts Clear Creek County at the head of the pack of a government shooting group.

  • Two former school buildings about to hit real estate market

    The former Empire school and the former Clear Creek Middle School in Idaho Springs are going on the real estate market soon.

    No new sales price has been set yet for either building, however, said Roz Marshall, superintendent of the Clear Creek School District. Administrators are negotiating with several commercial real estate brokerages before choosing one to market the properties in the future, Marshall said.

  • Humble steps down as historical society president

    Omer Humble recently stepped down as president of the Idaho Springs Historical Society, saying it’s time to try retirement again.

    Humble, 86, a longtime volunteer, replaced Bob Bowland as president in 2012.

    “The reason that I stepped down is I want to try one more time to retire. I did it a couple of decades ago,” Humble joked.

    The historical society’s board will choose Humble’s replacement this week.

    Executive director Nancy Johnson said Humble was insightful in his role as president.

  • Meeting set to discuss impacts of mine closure

    If the Henderson Mine closes in a decade as expected, Clear Creek County stands to lose more than $20 million a year in property-tax revenue.

    Officials have scheduled a public meeting April 29 to discuss the impacts of the mine’s expected closure. Mine officials, county commissioners and representatives of the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. will speak at 5 p.m. in the Clear Creek High School auditorium about the life of the mine, getting the local economy ready for the future, and what the county is doing to prepare for the closure.

  • G-town to begin seeing revenue from tax hike in October

    Georgetown’s town board will have several months to decide specifically how to spend revenue from a 1-cent sales-tax increase approved by voters April 6.

    While the increase takes effect July 1, the town won’t see the first check until October. Home-rule municipalities can collect their own sales taxes, but there is a two-month delay for territorial municipalities like Georgetown because the fees are collected through the state.