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Today's News

  • Peaks to Plains Trail segment requires additional $1 million

    The new Peaks to Plains recreational trail segment near U.S. 6 will be paved at a cost of $1 million more than originally planned in the Clear Creek County budget.

    Clear Creek’s three elected commissioners approved the expense at a recent meeting, after hearing details about the 2-mile-long trail-building project from Martha Tableman, county open space coordinator.

  • Idaho Springs to seek 1-cent boost in city sales tax

    Idaho Springs will ask voters in November for a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax to be used for road maintenance.

    The current sales-tax rate in Idaho Springs is 6.9 percent, of which 3 percent goes to the city. If approved by voters on Nov. 4, the total sales tax would be 7.9 percent.

    Officials say the city hasn't raised its sales tax in recent memory, and the increase would bring the city an estimated$350,000 a year in additional revenue. They expect the majority of the money would come from the city's visitors.

  • August offers hot events in Idaho Springs

    Big music and fancy cars are on tap for Idaho Springs during August.

    On Aug. 16, the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Dynamite Days Festival along the Idahoe Mall south of the Historic District. On Aug. 23, after a one-year hiatus, the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge-sponsored Gold Dust Car Show is back for its 14th year.

    Dynamite Days

  • Cost doubles for toll lane on I-70

    It could now cost $72 million to build an eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 from Empire to Idaho Springs — $36 million more than state transportation officials originally budgeted.

    A bank loan of $20 million to $30 million could cover most of the difference, according to a memo from Tony DeVito, the state transportation director in charge of the region, to state transportation commissioners.

  • Downieville pot shop gets OK to make edibles for retail sale

    Workers at The Highway marijuana store in Downieville soon will make edible marijuana products for retail sale after getting approval from the county to do so, according to the owner.

    Store owner Ashwani Garg previously had a license to make “edibles,” as they’re called, for medical marijuana use.

    Garg received needed administrative approval recently from Clear Creek County for the license for retail-sale manufacturing. The application does not require a public hearing or formal action from the county’s three elected commissioners.

  • Evergreen’s Urbas finds redemption in first meet of the season

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    DENVER — Motivation matters in a sport’s offseason, as golfers Lenny Urbas of Evergreen and Scott Robb of Littleton can attest.

    Neither player was satisfied with his 2013 high school season and both put in the time and effort to improve for 2014. Based on the opening 4A Jeffco tournament on Aug. 13 at Foothills Golf Course, it was a fait accompli.

  • Depth is a concern for Clear Creek in 2014

    The tears literally flowed from Jeff Miller when the Clear Creek cross country coach learned that Katie Sullivan was relocating to Summit. It wasn’t just because she was expected to be the Lady Golddiggers’ third best returning runner, but because she is a great kid in general.

    But Sullivan isn’t back and neither is Grace Diekman, a 2014 graduate who was the team’s No. 3 runner in 2013, leaving some uncertainty in Clear Creek’s pecking order with the cross country season around the corner.

  • Central City Parkway expected to reopen Friday

    The Central City Parkway is expected to reopen Friday, after contractors finish cleaning up a massive rockslide that covered all four lanes of the road on Tuesday afternoon.

    Workers are monitoring cracks in the hillside to determine if other slides are imminent, said Reba Bechtel, Central City’s town clerk. No one was hurt in the slide, which happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday about a mile and a half up the road from Exit 243 off Interstate 70.

  • Americans’ views seem contradictory

    A few recent news items, each powerfully pointing a finger at us and to our system, disconcertingly indicate why things are askew.

    The first deals with the wealth gap. According to an Associated Press story, a University of Michigan study shows the Great Recession and consequential slow recovery have widened the chasm between the über-wealthy and the rest of Americans.

    In 2007, the top 5 percent boasted 16.5 times the wealth as the bottom 95 percent collectively, but by 2013 it soared by nearly 50 percent, to 24 times.

  • A variety of avian life outside my window