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Today's News

  • Commissioners vote to create housing authority

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners on Jan. 3 approved a resolution creating a county housing authority, the commission’s last act before a new board was seated Tuesday.

    The unanimous vote was met by applause from those at the meeting, and Commissioner Tim Mauck said creating an agency to help county residents find housing is an important step.

    “I think this is going to be one of the most lasting and impactful, beneficial votes that this board will take,” Mauck said.

  • Commissioners reject DA’s request for pay increase

    District Attorney Bruce Brown will not be getting a pay raise in 2017.

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners voted Jan. 3 to deny the pay increase, which would have cost the county an additional $3,500 a year. Brown had asked for a boost in his annual pay from $130,000 to $155,000, and approval was need from all four counties in the 5th Judicial District: Clear Creek, Summit, Lake and Eagle.

    The county will continue to pay $2,860 annually toward Brown’s salary.

  • County bus service sees low ridership in December

    The county’s new Prospector bus route — which runs from Georgetown to Idaho Springs and back on weekday mornings and afternoons — has provided just 21 passenger trips since its inception Dec. 5.

    Meanwhile, CDOT’s Bustang commuter bus from Idaho Springs to Denver is expected to begin making local stops starting Jan. 22.

    Prospector ridership

  • Former funeral home owner succeeds Allan as coroner

    Former Idaho Springs funeral home owner Chris Hegmann was appointed county coroner on Jan. 3 in a unanimous vote by the county commissioners.

    He replaces longtime Clear Creek coroner Don Allan, who retired at the end of December. Hegmann was one of three candidates for the position.

    Hegmann has served as deputy coroner for 16 years and operated Hegmann Funeral Service for 15 years. He sold the business last year.

    “It is an accumulation of all the training I’ve received,” Hegmann said.

  • Centura reviewing plans for clinic addition

    Centura Health is reviewing plans to build an addition on the former Meadows Family Medicine Center in Idaho Springs in anticipation of opening a clinic there by June.

    Cindy Dicken, the county’s director of human services, said the plans were produced by Denver-based firm H+L Architecture.

    In November, Clear Creek County and Centura Health struck a deal to bring a clinic back to Idaho Springs after five years of negotiations.

  • Man found unresponsive along U.S. 6 died from a fall, authorities say

    Authorities have concluded that the man found dead the morning of Dec. 14 on the side of U.S. 6 died from a fall.
    The body of 39-year-old Ryan Trent of Gilcrest was discovered after a 911 call reported an unresponsive male along the side of the road near milepost 259. At 7:50 a.m. that day, Clear Creek County EMS pronounced Trent dead at the scene.
    “Mr. Trent’s injury was consistent with a fall,” said Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling. “(It is) unknown whether (the fall was) accidental or not.”

  • Area couple provide financial incentive to local students

    A Clear Creek couple are trying to provide an incentive for middle school and high school students to do their best every quarter.

    Ed and Shirley Smith, 51-year residents of Clear Creek County and owners of two casinos in Black Hawk, have for years provided $5 for every A that seventh- through 12th-graders earn each quarter in core classes: math, science, English and social studies.

    Each student has the potential to earn up to $20 a quarter or $80 a year. Generally, about 240 of the 365 students in the high school and middle school earn rewards.

  • I-70 reopens after snowslide west of Eisenhower Tunnel closed lanes

    Interstate 70 reopened in both directions Tuesday afternoon after an avalanche on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel had closed the highway's westbound lanes for much of the day.

    The slide occurred about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday during avalanche mitigation work between mile markers 205 and 210.

  • County’s 2017 budget leaner by $2.1 million

    The county trimmed $2.1 million from its 2017 budget to prepare for the loss of property-tax revenue as the Henderson Mine winds down operations.

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners on Dec. 13 approved a $38.4 million spending plan, a 6 percent decrease from 2016.

    Between 2016 and 2020, the county's general fund is expected to shrink by 37 percent, or $5.9 million total, to compensate for the loss of revenue.

    The county’s revenues come primarily from property taxes, fees and permits, and state funds.

  • K-Goat cabin given to local artist who lost home in fire

    The historic cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs that was the home of KYGT-FM is being given to local artist Dave Shelton, who lost everything in a suspected arson fire on Nov. 13.

    "I'm blown away," Shelton said. "I think it is amazing and very, very generous."

    When the nonprofit radio station moved out in August to make room for the expansion of Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park, the city gave the 1920s-era cabin to Douglas Glidden, a radio station board member who hosts two shows.