Today's News

  • Eastbound I-70 traffic moving at Floyd Hill

    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Floyd Hill are now open after an accident Monday morning.

    The interstate was closed around 8:30 a.m. and opened about an hour later.

  • Tractor-trailer rolls, closes eastbound I-70 for five hours

    The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed for five hours Thursday afternoon after a tractor-trailer rolled and caught fire just east of the Twin Tunnels.

    No injuries were reported.

    The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the interstate about 9:30 a.m., and traffic was detoured onto Highway 103 to Evergreen until that too became congested. 

    The highway fully reopened about 3:30 p.m.

  • K-M kids turn into a bunch of animals for performances

    A bunch of cute animals visited the kindergarten classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary on Thursday.

    The animals were costumed kids, ready to delight their families with play performances based on classic children’s books and traditional songs. Paulyne Fisher’s class performed “The Mitten” by Jan Brett, and Beth Schwecke’s class performed “The Gingerbread Man” by Catherine McCafferty. The plays have been long-standing traditions in both classrooms.

    Fisher said the plays have an academic twist. 

  • County eyes building new fairgrounds

    The county plans to discuss relocating the county fairgrounds in 2014. 

    The current space near Dumont is used only to host the Oh My Gawd Rodeo; it is on the south side of Interstate 70 and is in a prime location in a county where developable land is a rare commodity. The county has argued for years that the space should be used for more than several days a year.

    Commissioner Tim Mauck said the county might be interested in moving the rodeo grounds closer to a municipality in Clear Creek and in creating fairgrounds that would be more versatile.

  • Sledding, tubing still banned on Berthoud Pass

    The U.S. Forest Service is reminding Clear Creek residents and visitors that sledding and tubing on Berthoud Pass are illegal.

    The sledding ban affects the area within a quarter-mile of the parking area at Berthoud Pass along U.S. 40 about 12 miles northwest of Empire.

    Instead, the Forest Service recommends sledding at the Grand Lake Nordic Center, Breckenridge’s Carter Park or on Winter Park’s sledding hill.

  • PETA urges agency not to renew Santa’s animal exhibitor license

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture not to renew the animal exhibitor license of well-known Santa and Idaho Springs resident Bill Lee.

    PETA sent a letter to the USDA on Dec. 16 citing its concerns about Lee, who owns Laughing Valley Ranch. The organization pointed out that the USDA had found Lee in violation of the Animal Welfare Act 20 times between 2011 and 2013.

  • More mitigation planned after September flooding

    Clear Creek County estimates it will spend $780,000 on flood-damage repairs and future mitigation work, and it hopes the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 85 percent of the costs.

    The county expects to hear whether it will receive $670,000 in the next few weeks.

    Commissioner Tim Mauck said part of the money from FEMA would help the county build roads better equipped for future flooding.

  • Clear Creek County could have a shooting range next year

    Clear Creek is moving closer to creating a designated shooting range in 2014.

    Earlier this year, the county joined a task force including Boulder, Gilpin and Larimer counties looking to direct random recreational shooting to designated areas and explore limiting target shooting in other areas.

    County Commissioner Tim Mauck, who spearheaded the local effort, said Clear Creek was the furthest along of all the counties in the task force.

    The next step is to discuss potential locations and opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service.

  • An ever-present helping hand

     “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

    — John F. Kennedy 

    The value of volunteering in a small community is something that the county’s deputy assessor, Tammy Foley, has taken to the bank.

  • Kinnikinnick provides green during gray of winter

     Green is not a color you expect to see this time of year when you look out the window. Ponderosa pines are nearly totally dormant and give an appearance of being black when seen against the snow.

    The only clearly green thing I see is a patch of kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. This hardy plant is a woody vine that sprawls over the ground, seldom growing more than six inches high. 

    There is only one species of this plant, but there are two subspecies in Colorado, one having glandular hairy young twigs and the other without the hairs.