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Today's News

  • Hiring freeze considered for county

    Clear Creek County Administrator Keith Montag is considering enacting a hiring freeze in county government.

    “To be honest, I’m leaning toward some type of a hard freeze right now,” Montag told the county commissioners at their Jan. 19 meeting. “We’ve got to seriously start taking a serious look at the positions.”

    The county currently has 235 employees — 198 full-time and 37 part-time or with other employment status.

  • The Silver Tsunami

    Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series about the growing senior population in the mountain area.

    Depending on whom you ask, the baby boom generation either popularized self-indulgence or helped create a more egalitarian America. But whether rotten or visionary, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 isn’t a kid anymore, and its final chapter promises changes and challenges to match any that have come before.

  • Hegmann Funeral Service gets new owners

    After 15 years in business, Hegmann Funeral Service in Idaho Springs has new owners.

    Leadville residents Shannon Kent and wife Staci recently purchased the funeral home from Chris Hegmann.

    The Kents operate funeral homes in Leadville and Silverthorne. The business will be called Hegmann Kent Funeral Home. Shannon Kent is also the Lake County coroner.

    For his part, Hegmann, who started the business in 2001, plans to stay in the community and pursue his interest of going into ministry and celebrant services, providing funeral services.

  • County wants to create taxing district for health services

    The Clear Creek commissioners will ask voters in November to create a health service district and to approve either a sales tax or property tax to fund it.

    A health service district is a taxing entity created to fill gaps that exist in county services, according to Colorado

    .gov. Such a district would have an elected board of directors and could levy taxes for specific purposes.

    The county commissioners hope the district would combine the county’s health-care services, ambulance service and human services department with a health clinic.

  • Irene Kincade resigns from county’s elected treasurer post

    County Treasurer Irene Kincade submitted a letter of resignation to the Clear Creek commissioners on Friday.

    Kincade, a year into her third four-year term, has decided to retire.

    “I’m looking at the next chapter of life, and I think it’s called retirement,” Kincade said. “I’d like to travel down that road for a while.”

    Kincade, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006. She started working in the treasurer’s office in 1985.

  • Suspect in Michigan slayings arrested in Georgetown

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office arrested a man early Monday in Georgetown who was wanted in connection with the slayings of his wife and father-in-law, and the kidnapping of his two daughters.

    Alex Perez, 24, was arrested after a struggle with law officers after he was found sleeping in his car about 1 a.m. The two girls reportedly were in the car with him.

  • Workforce housing still a possibility near Georgetown Lake

    The county is continuing to investigate the possibility of building workforce housing on an 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake that it purchased last year for $532,500.

    The land is on the west end of the lake near the Georgetown lagoon.

    County spokesman John Bryan said that if the county develops the property, attainable housing likely would be part of the plans. He added that the county could use 3 to 5 acres for housing, which would be similar in size to a successful Summit County workforce housing development.

  • Traffic tie-ups predicted when Colorado Boulevard reconstruction begins

    The Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project set to begin as early as February will mean traffic tie-ups on one of the city’s busiest streets, but there may be a silver lining for residents along the road.

    Homeowners will have a chance to replace their sewer lines when the contractor replaces the city’s lines. 

    Mayor Mike Hillman said it was too early to tell what the cost of that might be, but a subcontractor will contact homeowners to see if they want to pay for the upgrade. 

  • County considers asking voters for sales-tax increase

    Even though county sales-tax revenue is up in 2015, officials are considering asking voters for a sales-tax increase from voters next year.

    County finance director Carl Small said the county’s 1 percent sales tax generated $1.1 million in 2015, a 6.7 percent increase over the previous year. That boost put an additional $70,000 into county coffers.

  • Turnovers continue to plague Clear Creek

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    WESTMINSTER — It had been 366 days since Clear Creek’s boys basketball program entered a game with a chance for back-to-back wins.

    They’ll have to wait longer. A 73-33 loss to The Academy in Westminster on Jan. 28 prevented the Golddiggers (1-13, 1-6 in Class 3A/2A Frontier League) from mounting a modest winning streak.