Today's News

  • County hires public works director

    Rod Hamilton has been named the new public works director for Clear Creek County, replacing Tim Allen, who resigned in December.

    Hamilton will start work April 27. He most recently worked in La Mesa, Calif., and has a background in road and bridge operations, transportation, engineering and public administration, among other things. County officials did not make his starting salary immediately available. The job salary was advertised as being in an annual range from $71,400 to $91,000, according to Cate Gremillion, the county's human relations director.

  • Lane closures planned during night work at Eisenhower Tunnel

    A $20 million fire suppression system to be installed in the Eisenhower Tunnel this month could inconvenience late-night motorists.

    Engineers previously said the work was not expected to affect traffic, but closures now have been scheduled.

    Workers plan to close one of the two tunnel bores for 20 nights on Sundays through Thursdays in April. Lane closures were scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Monday, with traffic holds of up to 20 minutes each way, said Steve Harelson, a state transportation project engineer.

  • Georgetown residents approve sales-tax increase

    Georgetown voters approved a 1-cent increase in the town's sales tax in Monday's election. 

  • For whom the lane tolls

    Editor’s note: With the blessing of the Federal Highway Authority, Colorado authorities have embraced public-private financing for road construction projects around the state. This is the first installment in a three-part series looking at questions of cost, oversight and accountability.

    Anyone who has driven east on Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County on a winter weekend knows the drill — be ready for a marathon session on the road.

  • Two arrested in rash of arson fires, vehicle vandalism

    Local authorities have arrested and charged two individuals in connection with a series of fires and vandalized vehicles in recent weeks.

    The identities of the two Idaho Springs residents, one a juvenile, have not yet been released. They are each being charged with 22 counts of criminal mischief and four counts of arson, a felony.

    One arson charge is connected to a 4-acre blaze at the end of March. Unidentified individuals had been seen on a hiking trail in that area just before the fire.

  • 9HealthFair rescheduled for this Saturday

    Snowy weather forced cancellation of the 9HealthFair in Idaho Springs on Saturday.

    It's now scheduled for 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Carlson Elementary School in Idaho Springs. 

    Clear Creek County organizers made the decision to reschedule the event, said Meryl Zigila, volunteer engagement coordinator for 127 health fairs across Colorado and one in Nebraska, who is based in Denver. The health fair events offer free and low-cost health screenings to residents.

    For more information, call 303-698-3799.

  • Foothills offer plant communities from plains to tundra

    The various plant communities that make up part of any biological study are usually the most interesting part to me. I took my first course in ecology in the summer of 1937. At that time, ecology was considered a new science concerning the interrelationship between the many things found in a wildlife community.

  • Sports briefs

    Roshko, Dawson School shut out Clear Creek
    LAFAYETTE — Sage Roshko scored a pair of goals to lead four goal scorers in all as host Dawson School blanked Clear Creek 5-0 on April 20.

    Sophia Brussell, Liv Cramer and Izzy Roshko also scored for Dawson.

    Clear Creek (6-5, 0-2 2A Region 5) has lost two straight after having won three in a row.

  • Diggers’ Sarria already among the best in 2A in the 100 meters

    For Clear Creek freshman Noah Sarria, just the thought of being one of the state’s top 100-meter runners this early in his high school career is exhilarating. It’s also a challenge to get even better.

    In Clear Creek’s lone home meet of the season on April 14, Sarria ran a time of 11.94 seconds to place third in the 3A/2A Frontier League meet at Clear Creek High School. Bennett scored a one-two finish led by Danny Warner’s winning time of 11.50. Sarria attributed a slow start to his third-place finish.

  • Vieweg’s, Schwecke’s college dreams a reality

    Blue and gold cloths adorned the table and an NCAA basketball sat between them as Katie Vieweg and Anna Schwecke, Clear Creek High School teammates for the past four years, signed their letters of intent to play collegiate basketball — Vieweg to Colorado Christian University and Schwecke to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.